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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.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

– Michelle Sedas

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

– Joseph Cambell

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

– General Omar Bradley

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

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

– T.S. Eliott

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

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– Woodrow Wilson

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Winston Churchill

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

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

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Peter F. Drucker

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Albert Einstein

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Oprah Winfrey

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

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

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

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

– Ajahn Chah

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

– Benjamin Disraeli

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

– Marcel Proust

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Leonard Cohen

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

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

– William Blake

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

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

– T.S. Eliot

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

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

– Buddha

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

– Indira Ghandi