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Scott Golden, Co-Founder, Golden & Cohen

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Scott Golden, CFO of the health-benefits firm Golden & Cohen is recognized as an industry leader in the small to mid-size insurance market, and ranks among the area’s top producers, according to the Washington Business Journal’s Annual List.

He received a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland in 1985, an MBA from George Washington University in 1990, and later a JD and LLM in taxation from the University of Baltimore. His advanced academic and legal degrees enable him to evaluate local and national mandates in conjunction with helping his clients prepare and implement the proper strategy.

Supporting the community is important to Scott, who advocates about the importance of lower health-care rates on behalf of his clients. He has served on the Green Acres School Board of Trustees and sits on the board of ALS-DC in Maryland.

Scott is a native of upstate New York. He has been married to Golden & Cohen co-owner Stephanie Cohen since 1989. They have two children.

For more information about Scott’s insurance firm, visit www.golden-cohen.com contact Scott Golden by email at scott@golden-cohen.com.

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– Eleanor Roosevelt

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

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

– Thomas Edison

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

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

– Martha Beck

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

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

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– William Butler Yeats

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

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

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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

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

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If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

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

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

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

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


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

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I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

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

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A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

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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.”

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Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

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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?”

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

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

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The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

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That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

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

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

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

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

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

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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.”

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Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist