Billionaire Bo Pilgrim knows middle school students dream of being rich. Now at 78 years old Pilgrim knows there's more to life than just money. "How to make a living is one thing. How to live has to go with it. You have to build character," advised Pilgrim before about 700 students.
Each child received a free copy of Pilgrim's memoir, 'A Pilgrim's Progress'. It provides a glimpse into his rags to riches story. Faith is the central theme beginning when he was 13. Pilgrim shared, "I made a pledge to the Lord when I moved in with my grandmother if I ever amounted to anything I would always give him credit for that."
This explains why Pilgrim often includes in a small inspirational book a $20 bill. He can only pray the youngsters will read the scripture that surrounds it, something seldom seen in a public school setting. Pilgrim explained, "It has to be free choice. They have to go get it. I think we need to step up to the challenge. It's getting ridiculous what you can say and can't say."