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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.

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

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

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

– Thomas Edison

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

– T.S. Eliot

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Aristotle

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

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 your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

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

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

– Voltaire

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– General Omar Bradley

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

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

– August Rush

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

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

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

– Jack Kerouac

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

– Chinese proverb

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

– Madam C.J. Walker

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

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

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

– Robert H. Schuller

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare