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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.

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

– Woodrow Wilson

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

– Gandi

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

– Andrew Carnegie

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

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

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

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

– Anna Pavlova

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

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

– Alfred Adler

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Lao Tzu

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

– Steven Schussler

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

– Buddha

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

– Arundhati Roy

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

– Steve Jobs

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

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

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

– Jim Butcher, White Night

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

– T.S. Eliott

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

– Francesca Reigle

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

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

– William Butler Yeats

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

– Anthony Trollope

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

– Louisa May Alcott

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

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"

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

– Charles Dickens

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle