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Steven B. Wiley, The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg

COLUMN = LEADERSHIP

Steve Wiley is the founder and president of The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg. He is also an entrepreneur, author, and highly acclaimed speaker who has influenced and entertained tens of thousands of top executives from around the world. Without exception, he receives the highest ratings possible from his audiences.

His business experience includes the founding of three companies: two international franchise organizations and a national chain of fleet-management centers. He has successfully negotiated multimillion dollar funding agreements for his own companies with some of the top venture-capital organizations in the world. His strong leadership ability has earned him recognition in top publications, including Venture magazine, USA Today, and Entrepreneur magazine.

Steve’s speaking experience includes three years as national spokesperson for the Quaker Oats/Pritikin Longevity Centers, for whom he has been featured in television commercials and advertisements in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. Over the past 10 years he has conducted thousands of seminars on negotiation, sales leadership, and wellness for numerous public- and private-sector organizations.

Currently, he is president of The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg and the founder of the Institute’s Communicating with Executive Presence program as well as its Transformational Journey from Gettysburg leadership development experience.

For more information, visit www.lincolnleadershipinstitute.com.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

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

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Thomas Edison

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

– E.B. White

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

– Winston Churchill

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

– J.K. Rowling

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Victor Kiam

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

– Bruce Lee

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

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

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

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

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

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

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

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

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

– Mary Oliver

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

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

“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.

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

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

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

– T.S. Eliot

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– T.S. Eliott

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

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

– Jimi Hendrix

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Mae West

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones