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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.

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

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

– A wisdomism

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Victor Kiam

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Francesca Reigle

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

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare