This Barber Was a Cut Above the Rest

A small town Massachusetts Barber left quite a gift to the local library in honor of his late wife.   Anthony J. Ralys and his barber shop were a fixture in Athol Massachusetts for over 38 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Ralys lived in an unassuming little house on Warwick Avenue for most of their married life and were typical of the hard-Library 2016working people of central Massachusetts.  What wasn’t typical about this couple was their propensity to accumulate wealth.  The Athol public library was shocked to learn that they would be receiving the bulk of the Ralys’ $1.6 million estate.   I’m sure the shock was enough to make their hair stand on end!

Last Day!

SupMilBookCoverIt’s the last day to download my Kindle ebook for free.  I would like to thank all of you who have already downloaded your copy and hope you enjoy the read!  The Surprise Millionaires has been a labor of love for me and a chance to profile some of the unsung heroes of giving and philanthropy in our world.  Thanks again.  🙂

Hey Dad, treat yourself to a free Kindle ebook!

SupMilBookCoverIn honor of everyone who has supported the Surprise Millionaires over the past three years and to all of you Dads out there, I have made my Kindle ebook free for download for the next 72 hours.  Happy Father’s Day everyone and thank you for your support!

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Judging the Surprise Millionaire

A word of caution to all of you potential Surprise Millionaires out there; not everyone is going to understand your values or goals of wealth accumulation, security, and philanthropy.

It appears that the news outlets didn’t understand George Konnight either; a man who passed away in 2014 with a more than $3 million estate.

Mr. Konnight was described as a “recluse” living in a “battered” house who was actually found to be a millionaire.  They described the man as a poorly dressed hermit living a life of poverty while sitting on top of millions.  They also supplied pictures to prove it.    Konnight

However, I see something completely different in those pictures.  I see a man who was dressed comfortably for a rural northern lifestyle living on a beautiful well-maintained wooded property.   Though they claimed the house had no heat, the pictures make it obvious that the home most likely contained a wood burning stove; not practical for New York City but very common further north.

This gentleman was elderly and most probably found it difficult to obtain replacement items for his household (such as lightbulbs) but by no means was he living a substandard lifestyle as proclaimed by the news story. Konnight Property

Until the news media does a better job of reporting on these individuals, the Surprise Millionaires will continue to be a misunderstood bunch.

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I am pleased to announce that I have updated some of my earlier content and published it in a Kindle eBook format.  It is currently a free download for those with a Kindle Unlimited subscription and also available at a nominal price for those who don’t.   I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who has followed my blog and provided such great feedback.  You have my sincerest thanks!

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Don’t Forget The Basics

With a new year upon us, I thought it would be a great time to reiterate the message of the Surprise Millionaires which is “anyone can accumulate wealth”  !

Remember to follow the basics and you too might become a Surprise Millionaire some day.  Just in case you have forgotten the basics, I have attached a link that outlines the key steps in wealth accumulation.

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Where There’s A Will There’s A Way

Another Surprise Millionaire who did not leave a will.  As I have said before, leave a will and make your intentions known.  If not, the state will “look after” your money for you … 

A secretary who quietly saved, invested wisely and amassed a $1.36 million estate.

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Mary Petroff