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Steven B. Wiley, The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Steven Schussler

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

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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 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"

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

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

– Anthony Trollope

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

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 person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

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

– Brian Tracy

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

– Robert Frost

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

– Anita Roddick

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

– Martha Beck

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

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

– Noela Evans

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

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

– Edgar W. Howe

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

– Winston Churchill

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

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

– The Dalai Lama

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

– Arundhati Roy

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

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

– Corita Kent

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

– Ray Bradbury

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

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

– Thomas Edison

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

– Chinese proverb

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Eve Ensler

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

– Thomas Edison

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

– Jack Kerouac

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

– J.K. Rowling