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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.

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

– Virginia Woolf

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

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

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

– Albert Schweitzer

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

– African Proverb

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

– Robert Frost

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

– T.S. Eliott

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– Victor Kiam

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

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

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

– William Blake

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

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

– Indira Ghandi

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

– Mae West

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

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

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

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

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

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

– Joseph Cambell

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

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

– T.S. Eliot

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

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

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

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

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Thomas Edison

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

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

– Thomas Dunn

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Lewis Carroll

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

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

– Marcel Proust

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones