The other day on tv, they had a Secret Millionaire marathon. I was flipping channels out of boredom and came across it for the first time. I guess this reality tv show has been on for awhile and seems to be getting more popular as a new season is starting. This episode was about a successful businesswoman Dani Johnson who was homeless at 21 and a millionaire by 23. She visited impoverished areas of Knoxville, Tennessee and disguised herself as someone looking for volunteering opportunities while filming a documentary about it. Later on she revealed who she was to the few selected small non-profit organizations plus a poor family with a child who has leukemia that she was donating thousands of dollars to.
So another one came on after that and another one. I ended up watching 3 episodes…maybe to get inspiration or curious to see how much these secret millionaires were giving and to whom. Mostly they were to local charitable organizations and a few lucky people, averaging around $100,000 in total. But to the individuals or families I didn’t see significant large sums, out of those 3 episodes anyway, the highest was $10,000 to the family with the sick child. Of course to them was a large sum but in the scope of the overall worth of these people it didn’t seem that significant. Maybe in other episodes it could be more depending on the hardship or unless it’s more about giving them hope and just enough to help themself.
The show does offer touching stories of the plights of the unfortunate and these secret millionaires are like knights in shining armor coming to their rescue, which makes for a good feeling all around. But in reality, when we are facing financial hardships there isn’t any millionaire to be found knocking at our door offering us money.
When people are in dire need financially, it is only natural to hope and pray for a miracle. Sure there are miracles to be found but while we are wasting precious time waiting for one we could be putting that time to use by taking action. Nothing can be accomplished overnight, or by throwing in the towel, but every step that is taken can lead to a financial solution.
It somehow seems expected that those who have a lot of money should help others but in reality they can’t help everyone. And if they worked to get where they are, they may not feel that they should just give their money away. If you were a millionaire, would you financially help people you don’t know? It is easy to say but may not be as easy to do. Helping someone doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be rich to do so or that it has to be monetary. Any kind gesture is good karma and everyone should practice it regularly. Afterall it would make the world a better place for all to live in.
If financial freedom is what you are seeking, then a solid financial plan can get you there…not to mention some work and determination too.