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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.

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

– Mae West

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

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

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

– Joseph Cambell

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Peter F. Drucker

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

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

– Thomas Carlyle

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

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"

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– T.S. Eliot

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

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

– William Blake

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

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

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

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

– Winston Churchill

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

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

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

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

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

– Benjamin Franklin

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

– Steve Jobs

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

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

– Ajahn Chah

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

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

– Lao Tzu

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

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

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

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Carl Rogers

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

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Alfred Adler

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