Have you ever felt like there should be more to life than the daily grind? Most of us get up every day, go to work and strive to spend quality time with our family. But I’m beginning to wonder if that is enough. I’m trying to grasp that there may be more that we can all work towards. Not long ago I was introduced to Adam Braun through Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income podcast. Pat was talking about giving back and Adam has an incredible story about doing just that.
I won’t retell the entire story, because it is out there to be discovered, though I have included a video of Adam telling it himself below. Adam Braun is the founder of an organization called Pencils of Promise, which is dedicated to building schools and bringing education to developing countries such as Ghana, Laos and Guatemala. I was immediately intrigued. I went to the Pencils of Promise website to learn more, and began to think that building a school would be an awesome thing to undertake.
It was shortly after these initial thoughts, my family was to take a last minute vacation to the beach before school started in mid-August. I decided that with the 6 hour drive each way, that an audiobook might be a good way to pass the time. While I have listened to podcasts while driving, I have never listened to a full audio book, so I wasn’t sure how it would go. I purchased Adam’s book The Promise of a Pencil and once we were settled in on the road, I began listening. I was immediately drawn into his story and the incredible good that Pencils of Promise was doing in the world. Listening to this book sealed the deal. I was going to build a school through PoP. But how?
I decided to make it a company-wide initiative within my business. I began devising a plan that would get my employees and our customers involved in the process. This would not only help get the school built faster, but it would give our company a larger purpose and hopefully give more people what I was feeling – that I was finally starting to make a difference in the world.
So we are early in the process and you can learn more about our initiative, how we are contributing to our goal and our progress thus far through the following link:
And don’t forget to check out Adam’s story below before you go – it’s pretty incredible.
— Todd Middlebrooks (@mdlbrks) August 15, 2015