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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.

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

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

– John Quincy Adams

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

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

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– A wisdomism

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

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

– Aristotle

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Victor Kiam

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

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

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

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

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

– Robert Frost

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

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

– Mary Oliver

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

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

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– Martha Beck

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

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

– Indira Ghandi

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

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

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

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– Robert H. Schuller

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

– William James

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

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

– Annie Dillard