Growing up, if there was one thing my family valued above just about everything, it was hard work. I learned it on my grandpa’s farm, cutting weeds and changing gates in his fields in the summer. I saw it modeled by my parents, who never missed a day of work that I can recall. And I’ve witnessed it all over our state, in the men and women who rise before dawn to head to the job site or out to the field. Hard work is a way of life for most Missourians.