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.
For all of you potential Surprise Millionaires out there who are dedicated to building wealth but want to look good while doing it, why not think about going vintage? That’s right, vintage clothing could give you the look and style you want without breaking the all important budget. Remember, good quality classically tailored apparel is always in style. Over at cheatsheet.com they have published a great article about the dos and don’ts of shopping for vintage clothing. Even for those of us who are not that fashion conscious, jazzing up an outfit with a vintage watch or pair of cuff links could give you that little something extra that will make you stand out from the crowd during a job interview or formal event. This might be something to think about the next time you are tempted by that 75% sale at the local discount department store!
Named after the great 19th century education reformer, it would seem that college professor Horace Mann was always destined to be an educator. However, most college professors are not destined to become millionaires. That takes frugality and long term investing. Fortunately, Horace Mann had all of the attributes to make that happen!
Here at the Surprise Millionaires we are fond of saying that, “anybody can accumulate wealth”. Over at ESI Money, they have broken this concept down to three easy steps that I thought I might share with all of you potential Surprise Millionaires out there. This article is one of a series ESI featured in which self-made millionaires were interviewed. An interesting topic all the way around.