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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.

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Marcel Proust

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

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

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

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

– Carl Rogers

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

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

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

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

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

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

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

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– Thomas Edison

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

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

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

– Gandi

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

– Victor Kiam

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

– Lewis Carroll

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Benjamin Franklin

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

– Lao Tzu

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

– Optimism rules

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

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

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

– Martha Beck

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

– A wisdomism

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

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

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– Zig Ziglar

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

– Abraham Lincoln