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Rita Cheng, CFP®, CRPC, CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth

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Marguerita M. Cheng, CFP® is the CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth, which provides corporations and institutions with portfolio construction, investment due diligence, and risk-management consulting services. The firm works with families, entrepreneurs, and executives to help them identify and achieve their financial goals. As a CFP Board Ambassador, she helps educate the public, policymakers, and media about the benefits of competent, ethical financial planning.

A Financial Planning Association (FPA) National Board Member and member of the finance committee, Cheng served eight years on the Board of Directors of her alma mater, The Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, where she collaborated to increase alumni engagement and developed asset management education programs. She is also the President of the Blue Ocean Economic Empowerment Fund.

Cheng says her greatest joy and passion is touching the lives of others so that they may achieve their “personal financial success.”

For more information, visit www.blueoceanglobalwealth.com.

Securities offered through Private Client Services, LLC. Member FINRA | SIPC. Advisory products and services offered through Blue Ocean Global Wealth, a registered investment advisor. Private Client Services, LLC and Blue Ocean Global Wealth are not affiliated entities.

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

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

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

– Indira Ghandi

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

– Maureen Cook

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

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

– Robert Frost

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

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

– Leonard Cohen

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

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

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

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

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

– Voltaire

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

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

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

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

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

– Marcel Proust

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

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

– Robert H. Schuller

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
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– Sonia Croquette

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

– Thomas Edison

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Charles Dickens

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

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

– Steve Jobs

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

– Carl Rogers

A man without a smiling face
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– Chinese Proverb

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

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

– Gandi

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

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

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

– Arundhati Roy

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– Barack Obama

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

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Lao Tzu

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon