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

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 In 1998 John Wood worked for Microsoft in Australia. He was a busy, successful man. Then he went on vacation to Nepal and visited a school in a Himalayan village,  this changed his life. He helped the school and decided to change the World! He started the charity 然oom to Read着

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2007. Microfilm. Book Condition: New. 229 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life s work#8212not at business school or leading Microsoft s charge into Asia in the 1990s#8212but 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#8212an 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#8212ultimately 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. Bookseller Inventory # FLT9780061121074

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2007. Microfilm. Book Condition: New. 229 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life s work#8212not at business school or leading Microsoft s charge into Asia in the 1990s#8212but 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#8212an 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#8212ultimately 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. Bookseller Inventory # FLT9780061121074

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