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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.

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

– Lord Chesterfield

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

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

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

– Anais Nin

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

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

– Thomas Edison

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

– Carl Rogers

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

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

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

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

– Steve Jobs

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

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

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

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

– Corita Kent

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"

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

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

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

– General Omar Bradley

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Steven Schussler

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

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

– Marcel Proust

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

– Avenida Margarita

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– A wisdomism

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

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

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– William Blake