Adam Braun on Discovering What You Are Meant to Accomplish

This episode is sponsored by altMBA.

The average pencil holds enough lead for approximately 40,000 words. While a young Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, was traveling abroad, he learned just how happy a pencil and paper—with all the potential they can hold—can make a child. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis sits down with Braun to hear how he’s changing the education landscape and the importance of piroritizing growth outside of your comfort zone.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the September 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.

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  • Learn the touching story behind Braun’s inspiration to begin Pencils of Promise. Plus, how that mission still drives the organization today.
  • Once you feel the pull of purpose, nothing else will feel quite right. Listen to hear how you need to be ready when your purpose calls you.
  • The first step to identifying your purpose is leaving your comfort zone. Braun advises talking to strangers every day for 10 days.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“Lightning moments go hand in hand with an element of inspiration. Something happens in the world and it hits you at a moment in your life when suddenly you see through all of the things in front of you on a given day, and you see a new path ahead.”

—Adam Braun

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Josh Ellis is the editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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