Each story is always unique, but mine started in 1998 when I joined Microsoft as a SQL Server engineer in product support. SQL Server 6.5 was in its prime, but the big event was that SQL Server 7.0 shipped shortly after; that changed the game in the enterprise database world. Learning about SQL Server at such an accelerated pace was neither anything I had thought I would do in my life, nor anything I could have imagined can be done in any learning institution. I can only say that the more I dove into the depths of the product, the more I realized how much more I had ahead of me. First dabbled in functionality and said to myself "Well, this is not too bad". Then, I realized there was a vast array of functionality out there and it became overwhelming very quickly. Then I started troubleshooting problems every day, and realized I had not even touched the surface. Over the years, as I moved into an Escalation engineer role, I started debugging the product and realized that I am really striving for the impossible - trying to understand what thousands of Developers and Testers have intended, designed, and built. In the end one is just humbled by the vastness of it all... So, sharing a bit of what I learned feels like a obligation to give back and help everyone's long journey. Thank you for reading.