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We've wrapped up our summer-long "Six Words About Work" contest with the consulting group Mercer and think of no better way to roll into Labor Day than to announce the three winners of the final challenge, "Best Lesson I Learned at Work," each of whom win either an iPad2 or BlackBerry PlayBook. U.S. Winner—Melesha Owen, “Press every button until printer works.” Melesha just celebrated her tenth year as librarian in a public library in Hayward, California. Her memoir, she explains, applies to more than just the proverbial printer. "Over the years, I have learned that fixing stuff is just a matter of trying everything." Melesha is an active SMITH user whose written more than 280 Six-Word Memoirs after spotting one of our Six Worders in an Honest Tea bottle cap this past March. "I was intrigued and once I started reading the memoirs of others, I thought this was a great way to say a little bit about my life in five minutes or less. And one of the things I enjoy about my job is that I can help a lot of people during the day—also in five minutes or less."