Sunday, I finished an excellent book by Adam Braun entitled The Promise of a Pencil. Other than a few places where he uses some less than best language, the book is excellent. He has several quotes through the book I want to highlight for you. They are not new – many are rooted in Scripture and you have read other versions of them in other places. But they sound fresh from this young man who is changing the lives of so many.
1. “. . . I would find far more fulfillment if I measured my life in purpose, not profits.”
2. “The biggest difference between the person who lives his or her dreams and the person who aspires is the decision to convert that first spark of motivation into immediate action.”
3. “The purest joys are available to all of us, and they are unrelated to status, recognition, or material desires.”
4. Listening intensely is far more valuable than speaking immensely.”
5. “I could never make assumptions about how others perceive me.”
6. “Most ventures fail in the early stages because people stop trying after they’re told no too many times.”
7. “Our cultures glorifies founders and CEOs far too often, when in fact the early adopters and evangelists are actually the ones who make a company’s success.”
8. “. . .we recreate our reputation every day.”
9. “We exist because of the sacrifices of those who came before us . . . ”
10. “Become your dreams.”
11. “Those I met defined themselves by what was on their mind, not on their business card.”
12. “How many times have I missed an incredible connection that could have been made because I had my face in my phone instead of paying attention to those around me?”
13. “I understood that I might fail, but I wouldn’t let it happen because I changed my compass along the way.”
14. “You need to know the character of the people at your side. Trust is everything.”
15. “Creating something new is easy, creating something that lasts is the challenge.”
One of the things I enjoyed about this book is Adam Braun comes across as a learner. He is constantly talking about how he benefitted from the advice of others. He was candid about his mistakes. Equally impressive is that he is a young man making a huge difference not only because of his passion and hard work, but also because he seeks and listens to good advice. Something some of us older folks have yet to learn.
His story is compelling and the book is worth a read.