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Angela C. Sontheimer, Managing Director, Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg

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Angela Sontheimer is the managing director of Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, where she is responsible for overseeing operations, marketing, and curriculum design for the Institute.

She is a graduate of Gettysburg College and holds a master’s in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University.

Angela has a background in institutional advancement and has worked extensively in operations and events management. She is one of the developers and creators of the Institute’s experiential leadership development program, “A Transformational Journey from Gettysburg.” This three-day experience uses the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg as a metaphor for addressing modern business challenges.

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

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

– Jimi Hendrix

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Jack Kerouac

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

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

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

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

– John Quincy Adams

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

– Optimism rules

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

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

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

– Madam C.J. Walker

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

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

– Buddha

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

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

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

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

– Peter F. Drucker

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

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

– Albert Einstein

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 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"

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

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

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

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– Martha Beck

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

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

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– John Lennon

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde