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Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children
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Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children

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by John Wood
 

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John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life's work not at business school or helping lead Microsoft's charge into Asia in the 1990s but on a soul-searching trip to the Himalayas. He made the difficult decision to walk away from his lucrative career to create Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes education across the

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Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
sherbear16 More than 1 year ago
Reading this book changed my life and inspired me to take action. This was one of the few books where I willed my eyes to move faster than I could digest the words because I was so enraptured and desperately seeking to know what happened next in Wood's mission to change the world. I loved the details he recalled about the people of each country and his thoughts, fears, and passion each day as he built the foundation for Room to Read. I cried numerous times throughout the book at the heartwarming images that entered my mind, and was extremely moved by the pictures inside. I am proud to be a part of Room to Read and am grateful that someone introduced me to this book. I continue to pass it on every chance I get!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great and a fast read. It's inspirational for people just looking into ways to help the world. It's also informative for people already involved, pointing out some great business lessons that should be applied to working in a charity organization. The story was great and uplifting!
Happy-ReaderEB More than 1 year ago
John Wood is the Real Deal. This is an inspiring account of a remarkable idea that's working. Will lift you right out of your seat to want to pitch in. You'll make friends talking about the book and end up writing the title down on more napkins... Everyone I know has loved it. "World Change Begins with Educated Children" YES!!!
beacher More than 1 year ago
There are schools without books. John wood saw this and left Microsoft to try to get books to the children. Also strongly recommend Three Cups of Tea
Guest More than 1 year ago
I see John Wood as an exceptional example of pragmatic idealism. He has transformed his desire to improve the world into an expansive, replicable project that affects thousands of students, and successfully applied business principles and focus to the nonprofit sector. This is a MUST READ for anyone interested in philanthropy - a very accessible, fast-paced, interesting book for corporate execs and activists alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and was blown away. It's quite often that we see people who become internet millionaires become stuck up guys who care only for themselves. John has gone the other way. This was a guy who had everything and gave it all up to do the right thing. Moreover, he applied everything he knew about building successful businesses to building a successful organization to use the power of the people to help erradicate illiteracy. This book should be a must read for anyone with aspirations of using their skill, wisdom and intellect to affect positive world change.
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