Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons

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Morgan James Publishing, May 1, 2011 - Self-Help - 214 pages
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Throughout your life, you’ve had numerous everyday conversations and other experiences in which a small observation---perhaps a single sentence someone spoke to you---resonated so strongly that you still remember it years later. The “pearls of wisdom” that arose from such small encounters helped shape your values, how you think about yourself, and how you interact with others. In "Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons", Karl Wiegers presents more than three dozen of the personal pearls of wisdom he’s accumulated over his life. You’ll find that many of these lessons will apply to your life, as well. Karl describes the experiences and conversations that led to each pearl, along with ways that you can apply them to enhance your own happiness and fulfillment. The 37 life lessons, revealed and illustrated through dozens of true anecdotes, are grouped into six categories: interpersonal pearls, personal pearls, inspirational pearls, practical pearls, cautionary pearls, and professional pearls. "Pearls from Sand" will: Give you many insightful and practical ideas about how to apply these lessons to your own life, Encourage you to think of your own pearls of wisdom, the experiences that led to them, and how they can guide your thoughts and actions, AND Motivate you to find opportunities to pass along your own life lessons to your children, life partner, friends, and colleagues. Daily life is full of opportunities to learn and grow---if you’re paying attention and receptive to the message. Read "Pearls from Sand" to learn how to detect, assess, absorb, and apply these powerful life lessons.

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Karl Wiegers, Ph.D., is a keen observer of daily life. Karl realized how small, everyday experiences can impart significant life lessons---if you’re paying attention. His recollection of many such “pearls of wisdom” that emerged from conversations and encounters in his life led him to write Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons. Karl’s hope is that you will find many of these lessons to relate to your own life, and that you’ll reflect on the lessons—your own pearls—that have helped you live a happier and more fulfilling life.
Karl received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry. He worked at Kodak for 18 years as a research scientist, software developer, software manager, and software quality and process improvement leader. In 1997 he launched Process Impact, a software process consulting and training company based in Portland, Oregon. He has delivered more than 500 keynotes, presentations, and training classes worldwide. Karl is the author of six popular books on software development and management, in addition to 175 articles on computing, chemistry and military history. When he's not at the keyboard, Karl enjoys wine tasting, reading military history, cooking, playing guitar, and writing and recording music.

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