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My mom was one of ten children born to her parents in a two bedroom shack in the corner of a cotton field in the boothill of Missouri; my grandfather was a sharecropper on that farm. As I have learned about my genealogy, heritage, and family legacy, I have become enlightened about why I am who I am, and I have discovered that this piece of my puzzle has had major impact on my work ethic and values. Malcolm Gladwell cited the discovery of our roots as a pivotal part of being successful in his book Outliers: the Story of Success, and he calls this notion our “cultural legacy”, he wrote that “Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives. They persist, generation after generation, virtually intact, even as the economic, social, and demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished, and they play such a role in directing attitudes and behavior that we cannot make sense of our world without them” (175). That is my life's journey.