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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.

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Lord Chesterfield

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

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

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

– J.K. Rowling

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

– Erica Jong

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

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

– Gandi

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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"

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

– William Blake

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

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

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

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

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

– Martha Beck

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

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

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

– Norwegian proverb

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Joseph Cambell

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

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

– Tony Robbins

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

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

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

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Magical

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– Avenida Margarita

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope