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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.

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Robert Frost

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

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

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

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

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

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

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

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

– Optimism rules

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

– Madam C.J. Walker

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

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

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

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

– Voltaire

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

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

– Marcel Proust

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Robert Frost

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

– Nelson Mandela

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

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

– Thomas Dunn

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

– Robert H. Schuller

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

– Gandi

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

– Charles Dickens

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

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

– Thomas Edison

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

– Bruce Lee

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

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

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

– Helen Keller