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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.

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Steve Jobs

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

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

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

– Maureen Cook

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Madam C.J. Walker

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

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

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– A wisdomism

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

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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"

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

– Indira Ghandi

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

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 real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

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

– Mary Oliver

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

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

– Winston Churchill

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

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

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

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

– J.K. Rowling

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– August Rush

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Martha Beck

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– Charles Dickens

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Lao Tzu

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

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

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

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

– Steven Schussler