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Sheldon Weiner, partner, Egan Berger & Weiner LLC

A founding partner of Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC, Sheldon Weiner, LUTCF, has more than three decades of experience in the financial industry. After graduating from the University of Maryland, and the Hartford Insurance Company School of Advanced Underwriting, he earned the LUTCF (Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow), and also served as president of Creative Financial Programs, Inc.

Weiner has 10+ years of experience as a teacher and lecturer for various educational institutions in the area, and is an active member of the Financial Planning Association.

For more information, and to contact Weiner, send him an email at sweiner@ebwllc.com or call 703-506-0030 ×106.

_Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Voya Financial Advisors, member
SIPC. Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC is not a subsidiary of nor controlled by Voya Financial Advisors._

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– The Dalai Lama

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

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

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Buddha

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

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

– Thomas Dunn

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Napoleon

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

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

– Steven Schussler

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

– Christopher Morley

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

– Annie Dillard

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

– Joseph Cambell

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

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

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

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

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Alfred Adler

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

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

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

– Steve Jobs

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

– Byron Katie

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

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

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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