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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.

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

– The Dalai Lama

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

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

– Louisa May Alcott

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

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

– Robert Frost

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– August Rush

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

– Zig Ziglar

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

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 goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

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

– Indira Ghandi

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

– John Quincy Adams

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Norwegian proverb

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

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

– J.K. Rowling

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

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

– Winston Churchill

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

– Francesca Reigle

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

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

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

– General Omar Bradley

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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 not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

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

– Thomas Dunn

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

– Steve Jobs

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

– Thomas Edison

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Benjamin Disraeli

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

– Ajahn Chah

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

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

– Henry David Thoreau

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake