I'm a procedure writer at a Fortune 500 company. I have had a love for words ever since my earliest childhood memories. My first mentors were the vocabulary greats, Doctor Doom, Galactus, and Thanos. :)
I discovered it watching Jim Henson's The Storyteller. It, like many of the storyteller's words, was so immediately impressive and flavorful. I can't say it changed my life, but it DID strengthen my appreciation for the power and variety of words.