Growing up in Nebraska, I learned through experience. My family provided love and values. What follows are those steps - and missteps - from life in the army, to on-the-job training with Xerox. Our California journeys to keep pace with work opportunities carried me from store room clerk to Purchasing and Materials Manager. The impacts on family life and maintaining a positive attitude were essential for survival and growth. All in all, it's been an exciting and eventful bumpy ride.