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How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change with Adam Braun

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When a 60 foot rogue wave crashed into the ship, everyone on board thought they were going to die.

This week on The School of Greatness, the founder of Pencils of Promise shares the story of how this near death experience inspired him to make his mark on the world.

Pencils of Promise was born then and has gone on to build 200 schools and positively impacted 200,000 lives. In this interview we talk about what it takes to be an ordinary person, have an idea and turn it into something extraordinary.

Welcome to episode 56 with the amazing social entrepreneur, Adam Braun.

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Adam Braun on the School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

“Helping people move from success to significance.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About the schools Pencils of Promise has builtAdam Braun
  • The powerful impact of bringing Mozambicans into the family
  • About Adam’s life and death experience while on a Semester at Sea
  • The single question revealed in such a deep purpose
  • The value of a definite purpose
  • How lessons learned at Bain Capital supported the creation of PoP
  • To infuse your work with purpose
  • About the humble beginnings of Pencils of Promise
  • Finding the courage to pursue your passion
  • To shift your way of being to create your vision
  • About the physical existence of ideas
  • To cultivate honesty while thriving in uncertainty
  • How to build a remarkable business and team of volunteers
  • About the massive results that can be found outside of the comfort zone
  • The first step when finding ones purpose
  • What it means to “Never take a ‘No’ from someone who can’t say ‘Yes’”
  • Keys to getting in front of the decision makers and persuading them
  • The power of vulnerability when growing a business
  • How to get out of your own way for massive results
  • Plus much more…

“I am so familiar with the imminence of my mortality that it forces me to embrace every day.”

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Adam said, “If you speak the language of the person you seek to become, that will move you in the direction that you want to be.”   I encourage you to take a look at the language you are currently using and start speaking from the person you want to be.  Share in the comments section below the story or takeaway that inspired you the most from this interview.  If you’d like to support me in building my next school then please make a donation here and lets be “ordinary” and change the world together :)

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10 comments
RobbGorringe
RobbGorringe

This was such an inspirational podcast. 25 bucks and dream? Come on!! That's awesome!


Lewis, that's for a great interview & for capturing this one//.


Robb

nickykay
nickykay

Hi Lewis,

Wow … I am blown away by this episode. Adam's story is amazing. My wife and I have both wanted to use our talents and skills to help others, and while I feel pretty lame for just talking, Adam has really fired me up to figure out how to make it happen. Thank you both.

ADukes21
ADukes21

I've listened to a lot of your podcasts, this is one of the best ones to date. What a great story Adam has. Awesome name, too. Growing up in Greenwich, to the boy in India (pencil), to the near death experience, to him relentlessly going after the CEO for a World class website. Just a awesome story. 


Thanks Lewis and Adam for this one! 

Sasha Maxim
Sasha Maxim

Like Roman soldiers did, I was reminded to never forget death. 

Ricordare la morte.

And I got the book. 

Mille grazie Lewis e Adam. 


Julieann Choi
Julieann Choi

Agreed! Equally informative and inspiring...definitely perfect for me right now.

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