A pencil – a promise for a better future through education
While many keep daydreaming and just talking about changing the world, he decided to take action. At that time, he was working at Bain yet started working to carry out his vision of how to build the first school in Laos.
When vision greater than you drive you, the universe supports you. So, it was Adam’s case. People excited and committed to helping him take off the ground his vision was appearing in his life. Even though the journey wasn’t always straight and easy, Adam and his colleagues built 266 schools in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Ghana since 2008.
Adam made PoP transparent so each donor can choose the country or area to which the money goes. Moreover, Adam started emailing the contributors pictures of built schools so donors can better connect with PoP vision and see the results.
Adam also changed the organizational culture. His colleagues were making lists of favorite music to be played, writing two thank you notes once a month. This way, more meaning, and interconnection were infused into their work, so they created even greater synergy.
Synergy creates miracles. We cannot bear the weight of the world on our shoulders alone. The question shouldn’t be what can I get but how can I contribute so someone could feel more loved, secure and happy.
Instead of taking the energy inward, we expand and influence by pure intentions the world. The goodness is the remedy for all problems. Reaching out and contribute. Who am I not to contribute when it lies within my power?
I recommend reading Adam’s book. Many parts made me cry and think more about how I can contribute myself. Each chapter is devoted to one mantra, thought that he learned on his journey from a young backpacker, through consulting at Bain, to building 266 schools on three continents.