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Ray’s Daily

May 9, 2017


Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude.

Ralph Marston

I have had the good fortune to know a number of people who are really successful at what they do. I recently was in conversation with someone who has had many highly-appreciated successes over the years. What I found interesting was that he is not sure if he is driven by fear of failure or a personal commitment to always doing his very best.

My personal belief is that he succeeds because he does not let others define his successes. He does not let them set the bar, which many times is set lower by others than it needs to be. Rather I think he succeeds because he measures his performance on criteria important to him. Criteria such as work ethic, honesty, concern for others, kindness and more. You see my friend always does well primarily because he always does his very best, just like so many of you do.

In that vein I would like to share a list written by Carol James on how you too can live an inspired and successful life

Here are 26 alphabetical tips for living an inspired and successful life.

Ask for what you want.

Be who you say you are.

Care about others.

Dare to live your dreams.

Ease through the day.

Find the best fit.

Give to another.

Hug a friend.

Inspire someone to greatness.

Jump over a boundary.

Kick a bad habit.

Leap across a fear.

Mention something uplifting.

Never say never.

Open your mind and heart.

Pursue your innermost passions.

Quit complaining.

Restore your smile.

Set your sights high.

Trust yourself.

Use all the day.

Value everything.

Wait until it feels right.

Xpress yourself.

Yank weeds from your mental garden.

Zoom into the now.


If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.

Colin Powell


Common Sailing Terms…

  • Amidships – condition of being surrounded by boats.
  • Beam Sea – A situation in which waves strike a boat from the side, causing it to roll unpleasantly. This is one of the four directions from which wave action tends to produce extreme physical discomfort. The other three are ‘bow sea’ (waves striking from the front), ‘following sea’ (waves striking from the rear), and ‘quarter sea’ (waves striking from any other direction).
  • Berth – a little addition to the crew.
  • Boom – sometimes the result of a surprise jibe. Called boom for the sound that’s made when it hits crew in the head on its way across the boat.
  • Chart – a type of map which tells you exactly where you are aground.
  • Course – The direction in which a skipper wishes to steer his boat and from which the wind is blowing. Also, the language that results by not being able to.
  • Crew – Heavy, stationary objects used on shipboard to hold down charts, anchor cushions in place and dampen sudden movements of the boom.
  • Dinghy – the sound of the ship’s bell.
  • Estimated Position – a place you have marked on the chart where you are sure you are not.
  • Flashlight – Tubular metal container used on shipboard for storing dead batteries prior to their disposal.
  • Jack Lines – “Hey baby, want to go sailing?”
  • Landlubber – anyone on board who wishes he were not.
  • Mast – religious ritual used before setting sail.
  • Mizzen – an object you can’t find.
  • Ram – an intricate docking maneuver sometimes used by experienced skippers.
  • Sailing – The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill, while going nowhere slowly at great expense.
  • Tack – A maneuver the skipper uses when telling the crew what they did wrong without getting them mad.


If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.


A couple of Rednecks went on vacation in Colorado. They flew to Denver and rented a car to sight see. One of the sights was a bridge that was more than 1,000 feet above the river. Walking out onto the bridge, they noticed it swaying in the wind.

“I don’t think I want to drive the car across this bridge,” one said to the other.

“What are you worried about?” the second replied. “It’s a rental.


Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out.

Libbie Fudim


“Wow, man,” Timmy said. “God parted the Red Sea and let all His people through on dry ground!”

“Sorry,” said the ‘biblical’ scholar. “But that wasn’t the Red Sea; it was the Reed Sea. And its water is only about one foot deep. No miracle was involved.”

“Oh,” said Timmy. Then, reading on a little more, he said, “Wow, man! What a miracle! God drowned all those Egyptians in one foot of water!”


“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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