Item description for Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children by John Wood...
Overview Describes how the author, a former rising executive at Microsoft, experienced a profound change of perspective after a visit to Nepal and eventually created the non-profit program Room to Read, a network of schools and libraries throughout rural and poor communities in Asia and Africa. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
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 developing world. By the end of 2007, the organization will have established over 5,000 libraries and 400 schools, and awarded long-term scholarships to more than 3,000 girls, giving more than one million children the lifelong gift of education.
If you have ever pondered abandoning your desk job for an adventure and an opportunity to give back, Wood's story will inspire you. He offers a vivid, emotional, and absorbing tale of how to take the lessons learned at a hard-charging company like Microsoft and apply them to the world's most pressing social problems.
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Wood was born in Kent. He now lives with his wife and daughter. He served with the RAF; worked as a forester in Canada and England; manufactured bird-tables; was landlord at "The Red Lion" in Rode near Bath--and now writes full time.
John Wood currently resides in Wiltshire. John Wood was born in 1942.
Reviews - What do customers think about Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children?
going from corporate executive to do gooder champion Jun 5, 2007
This is a good book to understand risk that is inspired by passion. this guy had everything to lose and so much to gain and he did it. Kudos to him and kudos for a well written book.
A dream realized will inspire many Apr 28, 2007
I know many people who are passionate about a cause but lost when it comes to what to do next. Wood had the business background to take his passion and turn it into a well-oiled non-profit machine that does tremendous good while appearing to opperate without the ego and bureaucracy that keeps many NPs from accomplishing their altruistic goals.
Wood not only built on his initial idea, but inspires others to turn their passions into action in very practical terms.
I'm a life coach and work with many clients who want to create a more meaningful life through meaningful work. But they are stopped for many reasons, not the least of which is fear they won't be able to survive financially. Because Wood knew life at both ends of the financial spetrum, perhaps it was easier for him to realize how little he could live with. In any case, his book is an inspiration to anyone wanting to follow their dream.
Anyone Can Make a Difference!!! Apr 10, 2007
This book reminds us that we can all make a difference. John's candid and entertaining personality. His book is a written account of one man's journey from corporate bureaucracy to making a phenomenal change in people's lives. Dennis J. Schleicher Author of an explosive and controversial memoir; Forbidden Love with a Married Man; E-Mail Diaries
Life-Changing Read of Hope, Inspiration and Amazing Change for the World's Children Apr 9, 2007
John Wood's book is by far one of the most inspirational books I have ever read and I have felt compelled to tell everyone I know about it. John instills hope and inspiration that anything is possible when your heart is in the right place, you follow your gut/dreams, seek out/focus on solutions and dream big. You will laugh, cry and be moved to action when reading John's book. What John is doing along with his team at Room to Read by providing empowering solutions for children around the world to rise above poverty is remarkable!!
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World Apr 6, 2007
Inspirational, insightful, funny. Answers the age old question, "But I'm just one person; can I really make a difference?"