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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.

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

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

– Thomas Edison

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– Helen Keller

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

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

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

– Brian Tracy

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

– Martha Beck

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

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

– Robert Frost

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

– Joseph Cambell

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

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

– William Butler Yeats

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

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

– Carl Rogers

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

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

– Avenida Margarita

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

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

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Peter F. Drucker

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

– Muhammad Yunus

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

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

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– William Shakespeare

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

– Bruce Lee

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Maureen Cook

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

– John D. Rockefeller

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

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

– Corita Kent

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

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

– Eckhart Tolle

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

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

– Henry David Thoreau

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

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

– Magical

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

– General Omar Bradley

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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