Adam Braun, founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, discusses The Five Phrases That Can Change Your Life at TEDxColumbiaCollege conference. This event occurred in November of 2012, on the campus of Columbia University in the City of New York. Below is the full transcript.
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How are you guys? Good. All right.
So, my name is Adam Braun. And I’m the founder and CEO of this organization Pencils of Promise. And in the last 4 years, we’ve gone from a place that you’ll hear about starting with very, very humble beginnings to now what I really believe is becoming a leading global education organization.
But what I want to do today is talk to you all about the path. What it takes to go from an idea, and how that idea has birthed, to now really working on solving a truly global challenge. And so I’ll take you through my story, the story of the organization, but along the way, I want to share with you guys, these five phrases that have guided me along this path.
And so this is where my journey starts: with my family. This is my cousins, my grandmother. And I’m the really cool kid in the yellow sweater over here. And from a very early age, we were very close in that family, but more than anything we lived in a home where education was the top priority.