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  • This morning I see two boats making their way down the Chicago River; coaches and rowers training.

    Their wake trails in the green waters. I can hear the engine of the coach boat and their timed shouts while the rowers rhythmically stroke the water. If I look close I can see the sheen of sweat on their faces, which of course, is combined with the look of sheer determination.

    Hard work is the hallmark of winning and is good for the soul. Where has your hard work taken you?
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