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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.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

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

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

– Oscar Wilde

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

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

– J.K. Rowling

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

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

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

– Hindu Proverb

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– Steven Schussler

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– Steve Jobs

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

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

– Marcel Proust

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

– Gandi

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

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

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

– Martha Beck

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

– William Blake

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

– A wisdomism

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

– Peter F. Drucker

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

– Ajahn Chah

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

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"

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Steven Schussler

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Annie Dillard