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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.

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

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

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

– Lewis Carroll

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

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

– August Rush

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

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

– Mary Oliver

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

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

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

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

– Aristotle

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

– Magical

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

– Victor Kiam

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

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

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

– Optimism rules

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– Annie Dillard

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Chinese proverb

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

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

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

– James Madison

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

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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

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– Avenida Margarita

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire