Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children kindle – Carcier.co

From a librarian s perspective, this is a little disappointing because of the lack of specific details about the Room to Read libraries, their patrons and their local staff To a cynical person, the book will eventually become tedious because of the relentlessly optimistic and heartwarming tone To give the author credit, he is honest about his personal doubts and struggles with his decision to leave his lucrative job and work for four years without a salary to improve literacy in rural Asia B From a librarian s perspective, this is a little disappointing because of the lack of specific details about the Room to Read libraries, their patrons and their local staff To a cynical person, the book will eventually become tedious because of the relentlessly optimistic and heartwarming tone To give the author credit, he is honest about his personal doubts and struggles with his decision to leave his lucrative job and work for four years without a salary to improve literacy in rural Asia But the stories from the field could have been cut and pasted from his annual reports Weren t any of the schools or libraries burned to the ground by heathen guerillas or taken over by religious zealots Out of thousands, one or two must have met a miserable fate Most normal people, however, will love it, recommend it to all of their friends, and donate money to Room to Read the same day they finish it If there is only one book you are going to read this year please make this the one In describing his Odyssey to educate the World s CHildren John Wood tells of his gut wrenching experiences in SOuth East Asia, his decision to give up his blossoming career with Microsoft, and his founding of the Room to Read, an organization whose mandate is simple build schools and set up libraries so that the poorest of the poor may get an education.There were numerous occasions during my reading of this b If there is only one book you are going to read this year please make this the one In describing his Odyssey to educate the World s CHildren John Wood tells of his gut wrenching experiences in SOuth East Asia, his decision to give up his blossoming career with Microsoft, and his founding of the Room to Read, an organization whose mandate is simple build schools and set up libraries so that the poorest of the poor may get an education.There were numerous occasions during my reading of this book when I was teary eyed Please, I urge you to read this book If you re looking for a book about how to run an effective non profit, or how to fundraise effectively for a non profit organization, this book is for you However, I picked it up looking for a great book about the lack of education in developing nations, why we should be concerened about that, and what we can do about it In comparison, I really enjoyed reading Three Cups of Tea , which made the educational issues in Pakistan and its culture come alive for me I thought this might be a simil If you re looking for a book about how to run an effective non profit, or how to fundraise effectively for a non profit organization, this book is for you However, I picked it up looking for a great book about the lack of education in developing nations, why we should be concerened about that, and what we can do about it In comparison, I really enjoyed reading Three Cups of Tea , which made the educational issues in Pakistan and its culture come alive for me I thought this might be a similar story, but it s not.The author of this book focuses on his own life, his success at Microsoft, and how he has built a successful non profit organization While he is certainly having an amazing, powerful impact on global education, I was looking for a story about the issues his organization is trying to address He spends hardly any time in the book explaining the issues, telling stories about the great need, helping us understand these issues and other cultures, etc He doesn t even seem to deeply connect with the people he is trying to help He is clearly very concerned, but doesn t seem deeply connected with their daily lives, heartbreaks, etc He spends most of his time living in the U.S building the organization and fundraising, and very little time getting to know the people who can help him understand the issues He hires local people in each country to do that for him.Again, I admire all he has done, but I was looking for a different kind of book to read I wanted to walk away from the book feeling like I really understood the plight of poor people in Nepal, what it s like for parents who can t afford an education for their children, what it s like for kids to grow up with no schooling, no books, etc.So I much preferred reading Three Cups of Tea , and how the author really invested himself in caring for the people of Pakistan and spending lots of time with them, understanding their world, and then communicating that to us.Kudos for John Wood for his success, but don t read this book if you want another Three Cups of Tea experience 3.5 starsJohn Wood was working for Microsoft when he took a trip to Nepal only to discover the lack of books libraries in the schools there Being an avid reader since he was a kid, he promised to return in a year with books for the school It didn t take long before he became so passionate about it, that he quit his job and started up what later became Room to Read in order to help developing countries build schools and libraries This was later extended to grant scholarships to be sure girls w 3.5 starsJohn Wood was working for Microsoft when he took a trip to Nepal only to discover the lack of books libraries in the schools there Being an avid reader since he was a kid, he promised to return in a year with books for the school It didn t take long before he became so passionate about it, that he quit his job and started up what later became Room to Read in order to help developing countries build schools and libraries This was later extended to grant scholarships to be sure girls would complete their schooling, as well Room to Read has also expanded beyond Nepal into a number of other mostly Asian countries.This was good He obviously loves what he does and it s amazing how quickly Room to Read grew and how many countries it now helps The first half of the book includes parallels and how working at Microsoft helped him start up this small non profit In the second half, he tellsstories of some of the kids who were are personally impacted by the schools, and particularly some of the girls who have been granted scholarships I read this book twice The first time I devoured it The second time I kept coming back to it and chewed one chapter after another People are not wrong when they say a book reread doesnt feel like one that s read once.Anyway, I really look up to him, an unsung hero with a heart of gold The future of this world owes people like him a big Thank you Besides his courage to walk out of a great position on a mega cap company, the fact that he didn t for a snapping moment enjoy his life in Chin I read this book twice The first time I devoured it The second time I kept coming back to it and chewed one chapter after another People are not wrong when they say a book reread doesnt feel like one that s read once.Anyway, I really look up to him, an unsung hero with a heart of gold The future of this world owes people like him a big Thank you Besides his courage to walk out of a great position on a mega cap company, the fact that he didn t for a snapping moment enjoy his life in China, gave up the love of his life, fought against his whack a mole doubts, or disuade his burning desire to own a private home, etc build up an image of Saint John Wood in me.I was wondering about Vu the Vietnamese guy who somehow helped John decide that Vietnam is his next Destination who he is and where he is now.I learned that Charity is not always a rewarding and satisfying thing to do In fact, it s as stressful as any job in this world Running a profit organization might have less work in some cases Running an NGO, you needthan just hard work, dedication, a big heart and a sharp brain When he was coming to the end of this book and telling us all about all the trade offs he had to compromise looking back at the age of 40 in 2004, I was wishing I could do something for him something deep that I couldn t name but knew extremely necessary I immediately went online and found myself filled with gratitude getting to know he had found an understanding life partner.He is my God Value in the words or Mark Mason This world needsJohn Wood John Wood had a top marketing job with Microsoft which entailed long hours and lots of travel For vacation one year, he went backpacking in the Himalayas in Nepal A chance meeting with a gentleman at a caf led to an invitation to join him as he visited one of the regional schools John had always had a love for reading and education and jumped at the chance What he saw was a rural school with too many children for the space, limited resources, and what few books there were backpacker casto John Wood had a top marketing job with Microsoft which entailed long hours and lots of travel For vacation one year, he went backpacking in the Himalayas in Nepal A chance meeting with a gentleman at a caf led to an invitation to join him as he visited one of the regional schools John had always had a love for reading and education and jumped at the chance What he saw was a rural school with too many children for the space, limited resources, and what few books there were backpacker castoffs were kept locked in a file cabinet John found himself vowing to return with children s books the kids could read He set a modest goal of 100 books and ended with thousands It also ignited a passion in him for education in the developing world and led to his leaving his job with Microsoft and founding Room to Read, a non profit that creates libraries and science labs along with funding long term scholarships for girls in the developing world This was a goodreads suggestion because of other things I ve read and was purchased throughas no library system around me owned it A feel good account of an entrepreneur who sees a need and sets out to find a way to meet it In this case, he took his business training background and lessons learned from Microsoft to establish something which has had tremendous success with even loftier goals What started in Nepal has branched out to nine other countries I enjoyed this because it shares the struggles of wanting to do something and making it happen and isn t just success stories of here s what I did The one struggle for me was that after the talk of taking the books to the first school and going back to Microsoft and wrestling with working there, suddenly I read that there were several new schools funded and books in additional libraries It took a jump that caught me by surprise as I hadn t realized he was beginning work on that while still at Microsoft I admire his recognition of where his passion lay and having the guts to walk through the times of uncertainty to make it all happen John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life s work not at business school or leading Microsoft s charge into Asia in the s but on a soul searching trip to the Himalayas Wood felt trapped between an all consuming career and a desire to do something lasting and significant Stressed from the demands of his job, he took a vacation trekking in Nepal because a friend had told him, If you get high enough in the mountains, you can t hear Steve Ballmer yelling at you any Instead of being the antidote to the rat race, that trip convinced John Wood to divert the boundless energy he was devoting to Microsoft into a cause that desperately needed to be addressed While visiting a remote Nepalese school, Wood learned that the students had few books in their library When he offered to run a book drive to provide the school with books, his idea was met with polite skepticism After all, no matter how well intentioned, why would a successful software executive take valuable time out of his life and gather books for an impoverished school But John Wood did return to that school and with thousands of books bundled on the back of a yak And at that moment, Wood made the decision to walk away from Microsoft and create Room to Read an organization that has donated thanmillion books, established than , libraries andschools, and sent , girls to school on scholarship ultimately touching the lives of , children with the lifelong gift of educationLeaving Microsoft to Change the World chronicles John Wood s struggle to find a meaningful outlet for his managerial talents and entrepreneurial zeal For every high achiever who has ever wondered what life might be like giving back, Wood 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 one of the world s most pressing problems the lack of basic literacy This book is about a Microsoft executive who is trekking in Nepal on vacation when he is invited to visit a local school He is shocked by the conditions of the school and specifically the library which has about 7 books locked up in a cabinet He pledges to return with books for this school in the future Thus begins his journey of quitting his job at Microsoft to start a non profit that builds schools and libraries in third world countries Again, this is a fascinating study of an amazingly This book is about a Microsoft executive who is trekking in Nepal on vacation when he is invited to visit a local school He is shocked by the conditions of the school and specifically the library which has about 7 books locked up in a cabinet He pledges to return with books for this school in the future Thus begins his journey of quitting his job at Microsoft to start a non profit that builds schools and libraries in third world countries Again, this is a fascinating study of an amazingly driven person One of the most interesting parts was watching him basically recreate his job at Microsoft all of the travel, stress and pressure in his own non profit For him, I think he feels that he is doing something of muchimportance, but the similarities in how he approaches both jobs is very interesting Some of us see injustice and feel sad about it, and some of us see injustice and decide to create multimillion dollar organizations to address it There are few people in the world like this guy he is a true visionary I guess it s sort of an interesting story guy leaves high paying job at Microsoft in order to start a charity that builds schools and libraries in 3rd world countries first Nepal, then Vietnam, then Sri Lanka and other places affected by the Tsunami There are two big flaws One is that he really can t write very well It all feels like it s high school essay level Stunted, cliche filled, etc The other is that it feels like he always has to be relentlessly positive after all, he s still tr I guess it s sort of an interesting story guy leaves high paying job at Microsoft in order to start a charity that builds schools and libraries in 3rd world countries first Nepal, then Vietnam, then Sri Lanka and other places affected by the Tsunami There are two big flaws One is that he really can t write very well It all feels like it s high school essay level Stunted, cliche filled, etc The other is that it feels like he always has to be relentlessly positive after all, he s still trying to raise money A couple of interesting insights about his interactions with Gates which go poorly in his last job of trying to convince Chinese to buy into Microsoft and Ballmer which sound awful in Ballmer s demanding ness, but whom Wood seems to admire a great deal He goes on and on about his belief that charities needof a business like approach a workable business plan, for example Though it comes off as less like a belief andlike an obvious fact the way he presents it That made me feel just a bit oogy John Wood, the author of this book, founded a non governmental organization called Room to Read to bring books and literacy to children beginning in Nepal and quickly spreading to other countries Readers of the book Three Cups of Tea about Greg Mortenson may try to compare Mortenson and Wood s similar efforts, but I suggest resisting that impulse as much as possible while reading Wood and Mortenson both reveal something of their personal histories, turning points, and passion to make a diff John Wood, the author of this book, founded a non governmental organization called Room to Read to bring books and literacy to children beginning in Nepal and quickly spreading to other countries Readers of the book Three Cups of Tea about Greg Mortenson may try to compare Mortenson and Wood s similar efforts, but I suggest resisting that impulse as much as possible while reading Wood and Mortenson both reveal something of their personal histories, turning points, and passion to make a difference Wood comes from a background in the cooperate world whereas Mortenson begins as a son of a missionary in Africa who gets swept into the climbing world and then building schools Wood s entry is specific books, libraries, and literacy before his expansion into building schools and providing scholarships, especially for girls, a la Mortenson s Central Asia Institute What sets this book apart is the way skilled business thinking used in Microsoft and other corporate settings influenced Wood s successful approach and was applied to Room to Read