March 24, 2011 10:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
Secret Millionaire: on ABC takes America’s millionaires away from their lavish lifestyles and places them in poor areas to live and volunteer. This week, millionaire James Malinchak traveled to Indiana in an effort to make a difference in lives of those he met.
On Sunday, viewers were introduced to secret millionaire, James Malinchak, who traveled to Gary, Indiana, a city hit hard by the economic downturn. Malinchak runs a training, seminar, coaching and consulting business. He also travels the country as a requested business and motivational speaker.
Malinchak has also worked with numerous celebrities and professional athletes. But a big part of his life is dedicated to serving and helping others. He is a self-improvement specialist and is one of the top-selling authors of 16 books/products, including co-author of Chicken Soup for the College Soul. Malinchak is from a small steel town in Pennsylvania. He was a basketball player in high school, taking his team to the 1988 state championships.
Below is ABC’s interview with Malinchak:
How did you become a Millionaire?
After a successful career as a financial advisor, I began getting asked to deliver motivational and business-building talks for corporations, colleges and youth groups and became very successful giving around 2,000 presentations (still do speak a lot). Because of that success as a paid speaker, numerous aspiring, beginning and experienced speakers asked me to teach them how to do the same. So several years ago, I also became a business marketing coach and created what is now called “The #1 Big Money Speaker Training” for anyone who wants to wants to make a difference and get paid for sharing their life story, experience, advice and how-to information.
Is there anything that would surprise viewers to learn about you?
A big part of my inspiration in life comes from my sister Vicki who died from a brain tumor. Having the chance to spend quality brother-and-sister time with Vicki during the last few months of her life, was the greatest blessing God has ever given me in my life. My experience being on Secret Millionaire and having my heart and soul impacted by the amazing givers and servers I met on the show, is the second greatest blessing I’ve ever received!
Why did you want to be a part of the show?
Actually, I did not want to be a part of it in the beginning because I had a preconceived belief the show would hurt people and not represent them in a positive manner. However, after the producers flew to meet with me at my house, I realized the true essence of the show and that we could serve, help and recognize, not only the amazing heroes on the show, but millions of other real-life heroes who are making a positive difference in their communities. Many people have their “hope tanks on empty.” This is our chance, through Secret Millionaire to help make those “hope tanks” full!
Was there anything you were hoping to learn about yourself?
Originally I thought I was going on the show simply to be a guy writing checks to some deserving people. But I quickly realized it was much more meaningful than that. I met some of the most amazing, beautiful angels who are serving and helping others simply because they just want to help. From them, I learned the true meaning of sacrifice, dedication and love for others and they taught me that “Rich Is More Than Money!” It’s called Secret Millionaire, but the people I met in Gary, IN are the true heroes.
Secret Millionaire: airs Sundays on ABC at 8pm|7c.
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