Those of you who are new to the Surprise Millionaires may not have had a chance to meet one of my heros, Mr. Earl. I profiled Mr. Earl on this blog years ago and consider him to be one of my original Surprise Millionaires. So sit back and get ready to be inspired!
I think we can all agree that when stress takes it’s toll on our lives it is nice to have a place to recharge our batteries. For many of us a long walk in nature where we can quietly pray or contemplate is the perfect therapy. This was certainly the case for today’s Surprise Millionaire John Repetski.
The retired western New York auto worker walked the grounds of his assisted living apartment complex every day that weather allowed. So it was only natural that part of his nearly $3 million estate was used to widen and extend the existing “friendship path” at his senior living facility to give access to more residents.
Read more about Mr. Repetski here
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”!
I thought it might be a good time to take a pause in our Surprise Millionaire journey to address some of the skepticism voiced by some readers regarding their ability to become Surprise Millionaires in their own right. These folks tend to point out the same recurring themes regarding the average Surprise Millionaires profiled in my blog. These objections can be lumped in to the following three statements which I will address below:
These Surprise Millionaire types find it easy to accumulate wealth because they are not currently married or never married.
False: If you check out this blog or my book you will find that many of our Surprise Millionaires are married and have been married throughout their adult lives. However, I believe there could be an argument made that the Surprise Millionaire’s spouse needs to be on board with the wealth accumulation journey and be of a “like mind” when it comes to spending and saving.
These Surprise Millionaire types find it easy to accumulate wealth because they do not have children.
False: Many of the Surprise Millionaires profiled do have children. Rather than seeing their children as an impediment to reaching their financial goals, the Surprise Millionaire takes it upon his/herself to teach their children the art of saving, living frugally and investing. Thus they perpetuate the Surprise Millionaire mindset for another generation.
These Surprise Millionaire types find it easy to accumulate wealth because they live in rural/less expensive parts of the country.
False: I have profiled Surprise Millionaires from all walks of life. From the largest city to the smallest town. From the North, South, East and the West. Regardless of where they are planted, the Surprise Millionaire never fails to bloom. The concepts of saving, living frugally and investing are just as valid from one coast to the next.
So, what is the take away from this little question and answer session? I believe it is that our Surprise Millionaires are just as diverse as the general population. What draws them together is the simple concepts of living below your means, frugality and most importantly saving and investing. Like I have been saying from the start “anyone can accumulate wealth “!
I recently reported on a Surprise Millionaire who super-sized her saving and wealth accumulation leaving it all to Alzheimer’s charities. However, it appears that we have more than one wealth-accumulating superstar in the bunch.
Eugenia “Gene” Dodson was known as a selfless person who lived her life in such a low-key way that no one knew she was worth millions. This one-time beautician put her money saving and investing habits into overdrive with a single purpose in mind; to leave as much money as possible to the twin charities of diabetes and cancer research.
And that is just what she did, to the tune of $35 million!