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John Hasenberg, Financial Advisor

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John Hasenberg is a senior vice president for wealth management with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Washington, DC. He works with individuals, families, business owners, corporations, and nonprofits. Featured services range from selecting investments to retirement planning to sophisticated estate planning. Prior to joining Smith Barney, he spent six years with A.G. Edwards, where he was a member of the firm’s President’s Council in 2005 and 2006.

John is active in many business and civic organizations. He was a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2007 and remains active with that organization. John currently serves on the advisory board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the board of directors of the Jubilee Support Alliance. At the Greater Washington Board of Trade, he was named the 2005 Ambassador of the Year for being the top membership recruiter and served as co-chair of the board’s Cultural Promotion Task Force that same year.

Before entering the financial services industry in 2001, John was a television reporter and producer specializing in business and political news. His employers included First Business Television, CNN, “The McLaughlin Group,” “Frontline,” NBC4, and FOX5. John received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1990.

A native Washingtonian and graduate of DC public schools, John lives with his wife Kimberly, daughter Ellie, and son Ben in Cleveland Park.

For more information visit www.fa.smithbarney.com/hasenberg

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Albert Schweitzer

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

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

– Guy Kawasaki

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

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

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

– Annie Dillard

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

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

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

– Madam C.J. Walker

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

– Buddha

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

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

– Booker T. Washington

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

– William Blake

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

– Albert Einstein

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

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

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

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

– Anthony Trollope

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

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

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

– Winston Churchill

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

– Victor Kiam

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

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

– August Rush

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

– Groucho Marx

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

– Edgar W. Howe

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

– William Butler Yeats

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Albert Einstein

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff