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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.

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

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

– Arundhati Roy

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

– Thomas Edison

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

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

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

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

– Norwegian proverb

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

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

– Woodrow Wilson

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

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

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

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

– Peter F. Drucker

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

– Gandi

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

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

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

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

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

– Anita Roddick

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

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

– Helen Keller

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

– Jack Kerouac

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

– Christopher Morley

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

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

– E.B. White

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

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

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

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

– Noela Evans

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– A wisdomism

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

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

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

– Marcel Proust