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April 2014

The Pencil

Apr 24, 2014 10:27 AM
Nicki Weiss

I recently heard an inspired talk by Robin Mednick, the woman who started Pencils for Kids Pencils For Kids is a not for profit organization dedicated to “Making a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education.” Her inspiration came when she heard about a school in Niger where 30 kids shared one pencil.

She related a metaphor of the pencil. The message can help all of us can remember what it is to be human, how to be a leader, and that our presence in the world makes a difference.


The pencil maker took the pencil aside, just before putting it into the box.

"There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world," he said. "Always remember these five things, and you'll be a great pencil.

ONE: You are capable of many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand.

TWO: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.

THREE: You have the ability to correct the mistakes you make.

FOUR: The most important part of you will always be what's inside.

FIVE: On every surface where you are used, regardless of its condition, you must leave your mark.

The pencil understood and promised to remember.

 ~Author Unknown 

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