First I want to thank Matt Holt, Shannon Vargo, Elana Schulman, and Lauren Freestone at John Wiley & Sons for their creative suggestions and excellent support. Sarah Bolton and Beverly Cruthirds deserve special thanks for not just editing but raising questions when the message was not coming through clearly.
I really appreciate Kirk Bobo, Dr. Bhaskar Rao, Larry Papasan, Rob Carter, Jay Myers, Gayle Rose, Jenny Koltnow, Don Hutson, Ram Ramadorai, Carol Roberts, Becky Wilson, Phaneesh Murthy, and Prof. Adrian Bejan for taking time from their busy schedules to share their work and life experiences.
My sincere thanks to the following for also taking time from their busy schedules to read chapter drafts and provide valuable feedback: Ed Hirsch, Becky Wilson, Kirk Bobo, Ben Buffington, Gayle Rose, and Brian and Deana Spangler.
I must thank Arun Kumtha, a very dear friend, for organizing our Sunday school group’s annual outings to beautiful national parks, including Yellowstone, the Smokies, the Canadian Rockies, and state parks in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. This ongoing communion with nature has played a big role in helping me learn nature’s lessons.
Finally, I want to convey my deepest appreciation to Shashi, my life partner, for allowing me to spend hours at a time in the study working on this book.