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

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"He discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life's work - not at business school or leading Microsoft's charge into Asia in the 1990s - 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 anymore."" "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 more than 1.2 million books, established more than 2,600 libraries and 200 schools, and sent 1,700 girls to school on scholarship ultimately touching the lives of 875,000 children with the lifelong gift of education." "Leaving 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (mere)

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A little to conceited and resourced to be a model for many others. ( )
  bederson | Dec 17, 2020 |
This is one page turner of a book! I admire the author's can-do attitude, and the change he has brought to universal education. The book is filled with success stories, so in comparison with other books on charity in the developing world, this one initially seemed a little too positive. However, I'm fully on board- he dreamt big and he achieved big - yes, he probably faced much adversity and failure, but he accomplished so much more, and that is what is worth sharing. ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
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John 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 tells more stories of some of the kids who were/are personally impacted by the schools, and particularly some of the girls who have been granted scholarships. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jun 10, 2018 |
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. Hyperbole you think? Surprisingly not. This is the story of Microsoft exec John Wood who was inspired to help build school libraries in poverty stricken countries after a chance encounter with an empty school library in Nepal. His tireless committment has helped stock thousands of libraries around the world through the organization he started called Room to Read. Check out the chapter in your town. ( )
  Lindsay_W | Feb 2, 2013 |
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This book is dedicated to my parents, for teaching me to love education, to take risks, to believe in myself, and to serve others.



It is also dedicated to the amazing people of Room to Read -- the employees, Board, donors, and worldwide base of volunteers. To be collaborating with such a passionate and fun group of people has been the greatest experience of my life.
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"He discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life's work - not at business school or leading Microsoft's charge into Asia in the 1990s - 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 anymore."" "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 more than 1.2 million books, established more than 2,600 libraries and 200 schools, and sent 1,700 girls to school on scholarship ultimately touching the lives of 875,000 children with the lifelong gift of education." "Leaving 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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