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Michael P. Egan, CFP®, partner, Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC

COLUMN = RETIREMENT

A founding partner of Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC Michael Egan has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has been a mutual fund analyst, and an accountant and financial planner.

A graduate of George Washington University with a degree in Finance, Egan hosted a weekly radio show on financial planning in the Washington market. He has also been a presenter on retirement planning for Fairfax County Public School’s Adult and Community Education. Egan is an active member of the Financial Planning Association.

The son of Irish immigrants, Egan grew up in Connecticut, and moved to Northern Virginia in 1990. He remains an avid New England sports fan, and roots passionately for the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and UCONN Huskies.

To contact Egan, send him an email at megan@ebwllc.com. For more information about Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC, visit www.ebwfinancialnews.com.

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

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

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

– Mary Oliver

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

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

– The Dalai Lama

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

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

– Indira Ghandi

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– Arthur Rubinstein

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

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

– Alfred Adler

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Anna Pavlova

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

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

– Steven Schussler

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

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

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

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"

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

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

– Michelle Sedas

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

– Corita Kent

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

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

– Martha Beck

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

– J.K. Rowling

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

– Robert Frost

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

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

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

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

– Woodrow Wilson

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– Lord Chesterfield

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe