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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– Winston Churchill

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

– Byron Katie

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

– Anthony Trollope

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Lao Tzu

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

– Mae West

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

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

– August Rush

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Arundhati Roy

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

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

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– Martha Beck

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

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

– Eve Ensler

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

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

– Helen Keller

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

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"

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Woodrow Wilson

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

– Leonard Cohen

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

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

– Thomas Dunn

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

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

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

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens