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Ray’s Daily

February 16, 2021

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe

I have noticed that many of us seem to decide we have done enough. Those that do almost quit all activities. It does not have to be that way. There are always plenty of opportunites to stay engagedand energized.

I am surrounded by folks who never stop doing good work. Some are creative artists, others volunteers helping others, all are being rewarded by their staying active. I especially enjoy conversations with people who work on learnig all they can so they can sharpen not only their knowledge but also their skills.

Here is an article that has value for all of us not matter how old we are.

Creating Opportunity

An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.

To be enterprising is to keep your eyes open and your mind active. It’s to be skilled enough, confident enough, creative enough and disciplined enough to seize opportunities that present themselves . . . regardless of the economy.

A person with an enterprising attitude says, ‘Find out what you can before action is taken.’ Do your homework. Do the research. Be prepared. Be resourceful. Do all you can in preparation of what is to come.

Enterprising people always see the future in the present. Enterprising people always find a way to take advantage of a situation, not be burdened by it. And enterprising people aren’t lazy. They don’t wait for opportunities to come to them, they go after the opportunities.

Enterprise means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition. Enterprise is two things. The first is creativity. You need creativity to see what’s out there and to shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different.

What goes hand-in-hand with the creativity of enterprise is the second requirement: the courage to be creative. You need courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity.

And lastly, being enterprising doesn’t just relate to the ability to make money. Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself, having enough self worth to want to seek advantages and opportunities that will make a difference in your future.

By doing so you will increase your confidence, your courage, your creativity, your self-worth and your enterprising nature.

Written by Jim Rohn

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“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”

Paulo Coelho

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When Jill decided to improve her computer skills, she threw herself into it with enthusiasm. Every week she’d check out five or six instructional books from the library. After about a month the librarian commented, “Wow! You must really be getting knowledgeable by now.”

“Thanks,” Jill said. “How can you tell?”

The librarian explained, “Only two of the books you’re checking out this week have ‘For Dummies’ in their titles.”

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“Never confuse movement with action.”

Ernest Hemingway

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Before his daring escape from prison, an infamous criminal had been photographed from four different angles. The FBI sent copies of the pictures to police chiefs all across the land, with orders to notify Washington the moment an arrest was made.  

The next day, the Bureau received a faxed reply from the ambitious sheriff of a small Southern town: “PICTURES RECEIVED. ALL FOUR SHOT DEAD WHILE RESISTING ARREST.”  

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God: “Whew!  I just created a 24 hour period of alternating light and darkness of Earth!”

Angel: “What are you going to do now?”

God: “Call it a day.”

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On vacation, a man and his wife check into a hotel. The husband wants to have a snack at the restaurant, but his wife is extremely tired so she decides to go on up to their room to rest. She lies down on the bed… just then, a train passes by very close to the window and shakes the room so hard she’s thrown out of the bed. Thinking this must be a freak occurrence, she lies down once more. Again a train shakes the room so violently, she’s pitched to the floor. Exasperated, she calls the front desk, asks for the manager. The manager says he’ll be right up. The manager is skeptical but the wife insists the story is true.

“Look… lie here on the bed — you’ll be thrown right to the floor!” So he lies down next to the wife. Just then the husband walks in. He yells, “Hey! What are you doing in here!?!”

The manager calmly replies, “Would you believe I’m waiting for a train?”

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

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I am well-versed in the jury-selection process. First a computer randomly selects a few hundred citizens from the entire county to report for jury duty on a particular day. Then another computer assigns 40 of those present to a courtroom. Then the 40 names are placed into a drum, and a dozen names are pulled.

During jury selection for one trial, the judge asked potential Juror No. 1 if there was any reason he could not be a fair and impartial juror.

“There may be,” he replied. “Juror No. 12 is my ex-wife, and if we were on the same jury, I guarantee we would not be able to agree on anything.”

Both were excused.

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She’s been pressing 30 so long, it’s pleated.

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Cessna:  Newark Tower, Cessna 12345, student pilot. I am out of fuel.

Tower:  Roger, Cessna 12345. Reduce speed to your best glide. Do you have the Newark Airfield in sight?”

Cessna:  “Uh, um….. Tower, I’m parked on the south ramp and was wondering where the fuel truck is.”

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The thing that matters is not what you bear, but how you bear it.

Seneca

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A golfer asked his friend, “Why are you so late?”

The friend replied, It’s Sunday. I had to toss a coin between going to church or playing golf and it took 25 tosses to get it right!”

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Money isn’t everything….there’s credit cards, money orders, and travelers checks.

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During a practical exercise at a military police base, the instructor was giving the class instruction in unarmed self-defense. After he presented a number of different situations in which they might find themselves, he asked a student, “What steps would you take if someone were coming at you with a large, sharp knife?”

The student replied, “Big ones!”

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“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

Napoleon Hill

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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