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Carmen Wu, CRPC®, Financial Adviser, Egan Berger & Weiner LLC

COLUMN = RETIREMENT

Carmen Wu, CRPC®, partnered with Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC in August 2007. She brings 25 years of experience in the financial industry, and has served as financial adviser, branch manager, regional manager, chief operations officer and vice president of a regional banking institution.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/International Relations, Martinez is an active member of the Rotary Club of McLean, a community service organization, and has served on the board of directors for five years.

She is also an active member of the Financial Planning Association and the Financial Services Institute, and is currently enrolled in the College for Financial Planning.

Raised in California, Martinez moved to the east coast in 1987 and now resides in Alexandria, VA. The oldest of nine children, she enjoys spending time with her 19 nephews and nieces. In her spare time she pursues one of her lifelong passions for art by drawing and painting portraits, landscapes and still life.

For more information, visit www.ebwfinancialnews.com. And send her an email at: cmartinez@ebwllc.com.

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

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

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

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

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

– Anthony Trollope

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

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

– Voltaire

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"

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

– John Quincy Adams

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

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

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– Thomas Dunn

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

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

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

– William Butler Yeats

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

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

– Victor Kiam

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– Erica Jong

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

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

– Groucho Marx

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

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

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

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

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

– Charles Dickens

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

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

– William Shakespeare

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

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