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.