I recently came across an article involving a Surprise Millionaire I profiled a while back. What struck me about the article was the profound statement made by the community director of the foundation that received the bulk of the estate:
“The largest gifts (to the foundation) usually come from good people who lived quietly in service to family, church, and community,” Holmes said. “More and more the foundation is receiving large gifts from individuals who put a few words in their wills and change the world.”
This is true of every Surprise Millionaire that we profile on this blog. A few simple lines in a will causes a chain reaction that reverberates through peoples’ lives sometimes for generations. Whether it is fighting poverty, preserving history or protecting the disadvantaged, our Surprise Millionaires make a real impact on their communities and by extension, the world. What a wonderful way to live your life!
I’m sure there are many of us who could tell a story about a teacher who once inspired us, made us think about life in a different way or just made learning fun! Today’s Surprise Millionaire did all of those things while accumulating some wealth along the way.
High school chemistry teacher Pat ‘Weird’ Ward inspired his students with his wacky way of teaching chemistry. This led his students to bestow upon him the honorary moniker of ‘Weird’ Ward. Mr. Ward was also the type of teacher who inspired his students to reach for more in life than what they thought they might attain in their Tulsa Oklahoma neighborhoods. So it was no surprise upon his passing that this long time educator left a bequest to education. However, the size and scope of the gift was quite unexpected.
A word to all of you potential Surprise Millionaires out there. Remember, the key to wealth accumulation is long-term, consistent investing. Markets may rise and fall, but the long-term, consistent investor will achieve the goal of wealth accumulation by practicing these simple habits. Remember the mantra of the Surprise Millionaires, “anyone can accumulate wealth”!
The long time Newcomb New York business owner loved his community. In fact, his family had been an integral part of the community since its early beginnings. So it was no surprise that this generous man left a legacy that would be used to preserve Newcomb’s history and legacy for generations to come.