How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Sometimes you experience, watch or read something that really touches you, and you know it will have a lasting effect. A month ago, I saw an interview with Adam Braun who started the for-purpose organisation Pencils of Promise. I was immediately puzzled by the effect his vision and dedication had on me. A soon as I had the chance, I bought his new published book “The promise of a Pencil – How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change”, read it in two days and ordered another 4 books immediatly for gifts – and I’ll soon be buying more :-).

Instead of writing a list and short reviews of the books I’d originally planned to recommend for holiday reading. I am now writing: This is THE book to read this summer/this year. In fact just the headlines to each chapter makes me think, create, analyse, evaluate, dream and inspires me immensely. They where meant, from Adam Braun’s perspective, to serve as mantra’s for his own journey and hopefully to inspire and create a roadmap, that will enable others to turn their own dreams into reality.

I personally encourage you to buy this book for yourself and everyone you care for, so until you’ve got it – here are the chapter headlines:

The Promise of a Pencil – CONTENTS

1. Why be normal

2. Get out of your comfort zone

3. Know that you have a purpose

4. Every pencil holds a promise

5. Do the small things that make others feel big

6. Tourists see, travelers seek

7. Asking for permission is asking for denial

8. Embrace the lightening moments

9. Big dreams start with small, unreasonable acts

10. Practice humility over hubris

11. Speak the language of the person you want to become

12. Walk with a purpose

13. Happiness is found in celebrating others

14. Find the impossible ones

15. Focus on one person in every room

16. Read the signs along the path

17.Create seperation to build connection

18. Never take no from someone who can’t say yes

19. Stay guided by your values, not your necessities

20. You cannot fake authenticity

21. There is only one chance at a first impression

22. Fess up to your failures

23. Learn to close the loop

24. Change your words to change your worth

25.  A goal realized is a goal defined

26. Surround yourself with those who make you better

27. Vulnerability is vital

28. Listen to your echoes

29. If your dreams don’t scare you they are not big enough

30. Epilogue – Make your life a story worth telling


I hope you’ll all have an amazing summer, with plenty of time for thinking, dreaming, visioning, relaxing and creating.

If you want to check out Adam Braun’s organisations website it is:


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