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Pam Ray, Lobbyist

COLUMN = GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Pam has more than three decades of in-depth experience in policy and politics, with expertise in congressional budget/appropriations and federal grant programs.

Her select policy experience includes housing and community development, housing finance, transit/transportation, taxes, and trade.

With a focus on bridging the knowledge gap between elected officials and their constituents, Pam has achieved success in her own government relations business for 16 years and for elected officials in the US Senate, US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (1989-95), and the NYS Senate Federal Affairs Office (1986-1989).

For more information, visit www.pamrayllc.com.

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler