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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.

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

– Tony Robbins

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

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

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"

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

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

– Martha Beck

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

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

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

– James Madison

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

– Thomas Edison

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

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

– The Dalai Lama

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

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

– Ajahn Chah

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

– Martha Beck

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

– John D. Rockefeller

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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"

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

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

– William Butler Yeats

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

– Steve Jobs

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

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

– J.K. Rowling

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

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

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

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

– T.S. Eliot

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

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