About Smben69
Joined January 2018
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I am a retired commercial pilot and a Certified Flight Instructor seeking opportunities to recover my financial distress.
I am competitive and willing to work hard to produce a new lifestyle.
I am willing to learn and would love a successful online business.
I was born in Hungry Horse Montana in 1951 while the Hungry Horse Dam on the South Fork of the Flathead river.so I spent my young years in a fishing and hunting paradise. I love sports in School; and excelled in Basketball enough th win a scholarship. I statred studying Medicine at the insist of my Dad the M.D.at Carroll College in Helena Montana in 1969. I managed to flunk promptly out so I chose Philosophy so I could have a shot at law school. I did well enough in that study and became a prolific writer doing papers on the Ancients. I never found the answers, only more questions! I made the mistake of not keeping my writings from those years.
I spent one year teaching first year Philosophy as a professor's assistant and found it to be a very humbling experience that I completely loved.
My flying career started in 1969 in Helena MT with master pilot Jeff Morrison.
I will say that this was the greatest confidence builder i ever encountered. I mastered a 3 dimensional machine.
Money became God so i went to work for the Anaconda Company Aluminum smelter in Columbia Falls MT. and became a Journey Ironworker.
My flying career was on hold but I had a 182 Cessna to fly so I stuck to learning and building hours while raising a family
after a bitter long divorce I chose to try hand at owning a bar.(DUMB) I had no clue about a business and yes it failed.,
So back to work.
Doors close and open so i left a good Union Ironworker job in Hawaii and by the benevolence of my good friend Gene Mallette I was given the first chance to fly as a commercial pilot. And that made all the difference.
I flew freight all over the mountainous areas in the West for many years.
Montana, Idaho Washington Oregon Colorado Wyoming Nebraska spending the last years flying the U S Mail from Kalispell Mt to Billings Mt. All night flying in all weather.
I have been tested.
During my years in mail I took a second job in the afternoons in a body shop and over 15 years restored many cars most especially my frame off restoration of a 1965 Pontiac GTO featured photo in my starting out blog.
SoI am here now to share my knowledge and maybe help ilots of all experience make good decisions about flying and togive what I know about building cars.
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Money I would be happy earning
5,000 per month
Money I would be ecstatic earning
100,000 per year
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
all that takes
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smben69 Premium
How much money would you be happy earning?
5,000 per month

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
100,000 per year

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
all that takes
Sisterdee Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.

All the best to you in your journey.
CTL Premium
Great goals. Everyone here has a large network and entire community within WA. You can leverage your goals for help and support along the way. I believe you can absolutely achieve your goals. You will make it happen, right?

More you dedicate yourself to training at WA, more soon you will achieve the goal. Just take action on what you learn in the trainings. Everyone here will give you a hand if you ask help. WA has a big network of support and community of help behind you

Wish you success and seeing your goals becomes reality.
Kyle Premium
Those are wonderful goals Steven and I can tell you firsthand that these are more than achievable. When I started out I had very similar goals and with some hard work and dedication, I exceeded any goals that I could have ever initially set.

You will get there if you invest some hard work and dedication to this, I don't have any doubt. :)
smben69 Premium
what would you suggest for an aviation related website as a theme
Ahimbe Premium
You have set good and achievable goals.
I am sure with the online training here, you will make it.
I wish you the best as you progress
smben69 Premium
Thank you My challenges are great. I will be blogging again soon
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NWTDennis Premium
Hello Steve ... thank you for the follow. What an interesting career you have had. I had commercial aviation ambitions that started with Navy/Marine flight school (MARCAD) in Pensacola, Fl.

Unfortunately a high school football knee prevented me from completing the 18 month training program leading to a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Ended up with an honorable, medical discharge.

That's a sharp looking airplane in your photos. I wish you the best on your WA journey.
smben69 Premium
Thank you so much Amber I'm learning to do things it is taking me some time simple things that used to be simple in life are very difficult for me at this point but please stay in touch yes I will probably have a million questions I appreciate your generosity God bless you thank you
AmberJoyful Premium
Hello! I thought I would reach out and see how things are going?
Feel free to reach out to me if you need any help, and I really think we can work together!
I would be happy to help with questions, feedback, comments, and social following.
I believe creating a great network has benefits that know no bounds.
Marcel92 Premium
Hello and welcome to our Wealthy Affiliate community.
You are in good hands here with all kinds of training and people always ready to help out with your online journey.
Thank you for following.

Wishing you the very best with your online journey.

>>>> A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple that comes back to you..

In Friendship
Mike177 Premium
Hi Mike,
Joes946 just posted "Rules - you gotta be kidding?" on their WA blog. To check this out, go to the following link: Your Friends,

Kyle & Carson
Founders of Wealthy Affiliate

Steve- Hope this helps.
Sruffey Premium
I have been here at Wealthy Affiliate for a year now and it takes time to gain trust so people will take action on whatever you are promoting. Don't ever give up and never surrender it has kept me here for a year and I will figure out someway to succeed. Wealthy Affiliate is the place to learn how, if at first you don't succeed try try again. Ask questions and follow the training you will succeed. Please like my comment, thanks David.
EBeins Premium
Hi Steve, great Bio mate. You have done a few things in your life as well. Would love to meet you in person and share some stories with you. Just buckle up Steve we are going for the flight of our life here in WA. Thanks for the follow Steve.


LaurieRauch Premium
Hi Steve. Thank you for the follow. Wowee you certainly have had an event filled life up to now. Flying in the mountainous areas of the West and for US Mail certainly sounds like otherworldly experiences/adventures for a landlubber like me! Growing up I wanted to become a pilot, but life has a way of working out completely different to what we expect.

Warm regards
kmer6 Premium
Good evening to you, Steve, my name is Ken and I welcome you to WA and thank you for the follow. I'm following you back. You have quite the resume of many careers and I salute you in achieving everything you have done. My father was a pilot when he worked as a geologist for Phillips 66. He used to fly his Piper to the remote areas of the wildcat oil derricks and take samples to test for oil. Back then, he didn't even have a radio in his airplane. LOL.
I suggest you start with the Online Entrepreneur Certification course first. Once you have a website, you can learn the many different ways to market your website. The potential for making a good income is high.
I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve success. I wish you much satisfaction in your online career.
ddoig Premium
Hi Steve,
It is a small world. Gault's ranch borders our family ranch. The Voldseths live in Meagher county as did our family.
Rankin was a huge criminal lawyer. My dad purchased part of our ranch from him. Wellington Rankin would defend criminals and they in turn would work for him in payment for their defense. He became quite wealthy. He owned in excess of 100,000 acres. He
married a fellow lawyer that beat him in a case. After he died his widow married Henry Gault. I don't know the Gaults, as they came to the community after I moved to California. My 2 brothers still live there and they know them well.
I am a premium member. I am a senior and am not totally experienced with the internet. I am impressed with WA.
You have an impressive background.
Good to hear from you,
Duane Doig
kpercival55 Premium
Hi Steve!
Thanks for following me, I’ve returned the favor and look forward to networking with you.
What an interesting bio! Your flying experience sounds great. My Dad was a pilot for a short time when I was young. He worked for a natural gas company and I would go with him to visit compressor stations in NE and WY, mostly just to see the cats and kittens that always seemed to have taken up residence there.
I wish you great success here at WA!
ddoig Premium
Hi Smben69
Thanks or the for the follow and welcome to a fellow Montanan! I grew up in the White Sulphur Springs area. Our family were ranchers. I have 2 brothers still living there. I went to Montana State majoring Ag Econ. My california bride brought me back to
California. We reside at Madera the center of the state East to West and North to South. We have 2 children, 4 grand children and 3 great grandchildren.
Bet of luck at WA. I am impressed the company and enthused about the industry.
Duane Doig
smben69 Premium
I would guess you know the Gault family. As well as the voldseths
JonathonLowe Premium
Hi Steve

Thanks for following me.

I've been trying to think of how to help out the most and cover some of the tricks and secretes I have learned over the years. And where to start there is tons to cover.

As I'm new here and still learning the platform. I just realized that the Live Events link in the menu on the left is for upcoming webinars which are great .

What I didn't notice before is that there are all the live webinars ever made there too. With hundreds of videos on tons of subject that I know will help.

That are right there at our finger tips just one more thing that has really impressed me with WA their beginning training is amazing and gets everything covered quick to get us started the webinars cover tons of subjects from web design to YouTube promoting and so much more.

I recommend searching there for in depth information and just go through them for ideas and inspiration on more ways to make your company successful. That you may have never thought about.


PS if you haven't checked out my blog post there are Free tools and information to help you manage your business and hopefully give you a jumpstart or just improve your business overall.
Michael344 Premium
sounds like a good life - even the divorce - tough times make you tough - I worked for a mining company and have lots of time in the air flying in a beaver - no license - but you just learn to fly traveling in and out of the many lakes in Canada - "here you try it" was how I got my start "scared the hell out of me" - in the interim - have fun and enjoy what you have ,,,,,
smben69 Premium
Best airplane around that old beaver
Foxhenley Premium
Greetings Steve,
You seem to be an extremely well-traveled and interesting person with a great deal of experience to put to copy, Post, or Blog!
I do wish you amazing success for I can foresee a bright future! 🔮
Have you found the Training enjoyable, as I have?

I have a Niche/Content Website/Blog/Business that I built from the Beginning!
My Niche/Blog is Profitable, is yours yet? Don’t' Worry! It will Be! Give it Time!

If I can be of help to you, contact me,
God Bless and Good Luck!
Janice 🤗🌷
EHozubin Premium
Steve - It certainly sounds that you've got a TON to write about. You lived a life as that of 3 other persons. the best thing you've got going for yourself is perseverance, determination and never give up. You should be the poster child for a success at WA. Wishing you the very best.
gartenl Premium
I like that your life was full. Goods bads, ups & downs. Mine has been a little more boring. I became a nurse and didn't go too far for too long because the family had a strong pull on me. And I was a tomboy on the inside. Don't know if he will ever get out. Now we are both here. I have been premium for 5 months. And seem to be going in circles. Thanks for the follow. Good Luck!
Nkaujzeb Premium
Hi Steve, thanks for adding me to your connection. I really appreciate it. Flying seems so fun but you wouldn't see me getting into an airplane and flying.

Although I will do it if I have to but, for leisurely purposes, I stay far from it.

Following you as well.
BarbaraN Premium
Hello Steve, and welcome to WA. I read your bio and was fascinated with all you have done. I lived in the west for many years, first in Colorado and then in Idaho. Dug for fossil leaves in Oregon.
You've been a member since early 2018 and I encourage you to get started with the lessons, work through them and realize your success with a business of your own. It's never too late, believe me. You'll have plenty of help along the way.
Thank you for following me and I return the favor by following you.
DCarpenter1 Premium
Hi Steve,
Thanks for the follow - I reciprocated.
You certainly do have an interesting profile with much experience gained in different areas of your career.

I can relate to opening a bar - I also did in Thailand.
As they say - The best way of making a small fortune in Thailand is to bring a big one with you. LOL

Wish you success here with the WA family

anor30hg Premium
Thanks Steve for the follow,

I have returned the support by following back,

sometimes success at anything you do in life depends a

great deal on determination, as you probably have found this to
be true in your many life experiences,

If you bring your determination here to WA and follow the course
and the many successful members , I'm sure you will do well.

wishing you the best,

LindaBaxter Premium
Hi Steve, Welcome to my WA network. I have joined yours too. I used to live in Montana too during my high school years. Hamilton, Wolf Point, and Forsyth, MT.

I see you have "been around the block" a few times trying several things out in your vocational life. Your writing skill should come in handy here. Just remember you don't have to write like an English Professor. Here we write from the heart just like we are speaking to someone. Wishing you every success you desire and then some!

PMindra Premium
Hi, Steve.
Paul Mindra here from, Canada.
Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your network. I graciously accept by following you back.

Welcome to The Wealthy Affiliate Open Education Community.

I am pleased to make your acquaintance and look forward to learning, sharing, serving and earning alongside you as we all move forward here.

Kindest regards,

Paul @PMindra
GazBower Premium
Hi Steve and thanks for following me here on WA. I have added you to my network too.
Greetings from the UK.
I am also looking to build something to sustain my wife and I through our retirement years.
I wish you continued success in your business and hope you go from strength to strength in your journey.

Best wishes
klchang Premium
Thanks, Steven, for leaving a message in my profile and adding me to your network. Instead of replying there, I prefer to reply here.
Ha! Ha! Actually, I am just so, so. Just the usual. If you are referring to the WA ranking, it is just that I am a bit of active lately in the WA blogging system. Just to see how far it can go. It is quite time-consuming.
Wow! Your life is very much more colorful and exciting compare to me, which is quite simple. I, somehow, prefer that.
Anyways, glad to meet you and all the best to you. Take care.
BobMargroff Premium
Hi Steve...thanks for the follow and I am now following you back. Those flying years definitely sound interesting and I always had a draw to want to fly myself.

I just never took the opportunity to attempt it. Now I am 54 and have relegated myself to flying RC planes every once in a while. Even if I have only done it two times.

I still enjoy it although I am not in the air with the plane.

I look forward to seeing your success and wish you the best!

Bob M
smben69 Premium
Hi Bob I was always afraid to try the remote .....If I had crashed one I would have never lived it down LOL Nice to meet you
starfalex123 Premium
Hello Steve, Thanks for allowing me to following you great knowing you an thanks for being a part of my network. May you have success with your dream an goals. Wish you the very best with your business.All the best to you on your journey at WA. Have a wonderful weekend. Fitzgerald
Stephanie-AR Premium
Hi Steve, thank you for adding me to your network, I appreciate it! Love your bio! It looks you've had many experiences. My daughter works for the PO here in Arkansas, and she enjoys it very much.
I think the best is yet to be, especially with the possibilities available to us here at WA!
Wishing you every success,
ecocatherine Premium
Hi and thank you so much for the follow, I have returned the favour.

If you every need any help, please feel free to ask as I will be more than happy to try to assist you.

I am currently focussing on the green living niche and enjoy learning more about this niche so if you come across some good articles, please send them my way.

All the very best here!
Barney44 Premium
Very impressive bio Steve. Our failures lead us to discovery of ourselves and open new doors. Love to fly especially small aircraft. In high school years I worked in a tv repair shop. My boss love to fly and own Cessna 172. Often when I would come in to work he would tell me we had an antenna (do I need to explain that word ...LOL) to install which meant we were going to go flying. Got paid to enjoy flying never got a license but enjoy it to this day (60 years later)

Best wishes on your WA journey
Tohin Premium
Hello Steve,

I felt so inspired and motivated reading through your profile.
Because I've been a licenced commercial pilot since May of 2015 and, as of then, during my training, all seems to be going well.

But, unfortunately, I haven't yet been able to launch my career or rather it has been on hold due to some challenges I never imagined experiencing.

Anyways, when doors close, another one always open, just that it might take a while for one to realize it. And, I realized mine--it is this opportunity in the online world.

Thank you very much for adding me to your connection, it is sincerely appreciated.

And, remain safe, healthy, and happy always!

smben69 Premium
How may I help you with your flying career? I wouled be happy to give my opinion and help in any way
smben69 Premium
Tohin Premium
Thank you so much for reaching out, Steven.
Would definitely contact you whenever I do need your help.

Freedomseekr Premium
Hi Steve,
Thanks for the follow! It's great to be a part of your network here. Interesting bio, btw! Flying airplanes and restoring cars would certainly be a couple of niches that I'm sure you could help people out in...if one of those are what you're wanting to do that is.

Anyways, I look forward to hearing more of your journey here,
See you around WA!
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
terrycarroll Premium
Hi Steve and thank you for following. I am of course delighted to follow you in return.
Best wishes here on WA. I am sure you will find everything you need here in the way of help and support.
Please let me know if we can help each other at any time.
Loes Premium
Hello Steven,♫Welcome! I am so pleased you found WA. Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun at WA. Thank you for adding me to your network.

From the start, I have written training on every issue I had problems with myself. And I share all my interesting findings on my blog space. I have listed them on a blog for you. When you type in “Blogs top rated by Loes” into the search bar on top, you'll find my goodies under Training. I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please reply to this message or leave a comment on my profile.
Success building your business in 2018/2019. See you around, Greetings Loes
McWord Premium
Thanks for the follow; I’m following you back!

Welcome to the WA Community! You'll find the community has tons of help for anyone who needs it, so don't hesitate to reach out. We are interested in our mutual success and there are plenty of people willing and able to assist!

All the best,

BilBailey Premium
Hello smben I am an aircraft nut. My civilian favorite was the TWA 1939 Lockheed Constellation, later to become the Super G and about anything WWII. I wrote a post about them and there is a woman on here that is trying to get a couple of ratings if haven't heard of. when I flew ir was high wing and low wing trainers. Love Homebuilts also, especially the Glasspar Kit.

Bill Bailey
PaulREvans57 Premium
Hi, Steven.

Thanks for joining my network; I've returned the compliment.

You've come to the right place. I'm yet to retire, and Wealthy Affiliate is helping me to make retirement a reality. I joined this community last year, and I've been taking things slowly. I still have the day JOB. My website is now starting to build momentum with traffic. Now, it starts to get exciting!

In addition to the online discussions and articles that member's post, the official training is fantastic. There is so much to learn. I am here most days. I learn something new every day.

Keep moving ahead. However your day may be, take a little step forward. Some days you'll make significant strikes, other days you will not, but do something every day, however small in building your business.

You will read many stories of WA members succeeding with their online goals. Some have achieved this in a few months, for others, it has taken a couple of years. The common theme for those that have reached their goals is taking action. Everyone who has succeeded has taken small steps every day. Do something, however tiny, every day, and you will reach your goal.

Pace yourself and enjoy your journey.

Best wishes,
Be Happy!
JonLake Premium
Thanks for the follow. It’s nice to meet you and feel free to connect with us further on the social networks shown at the bottom right of our profile

We look forward to reading your success as well as sharing additional marketing tips and strategies. If you need any help please feel free to ask

Jon and Debbie :)
CandP Premium
Hello, Steven and thanks for following!
Boy, we know about financial distress! We are grateful to have found the WA platform and we can tell you that with hard work and some time you will indeed create a new life for yourself.
We wish you every happiness and success on the journey.
Colette and Philip
Wayne66 Premium
Good evening, Steven and thanks for adding me to your network. I have added you to mine as well.

I hope you are making steady progress through the training and with your websites and starting to see some traffic coming along.

All the best as you continue this journey and I look forward to connecting from time to time. Until then, always

Keep Moving Forward,
Kickbacked Premium
Hi Steve

Nice meeting you and thanks for the follow!

A good place to start is by writing down what interests you and then include these interest or passions in your bio.

This will help you in connecting with other members here in WA and this will also help you in developing your niche.

Some of these interests may come from such areas as life events, hobbies or from your bucket list of goals you may wish to accomplish later on.

Prioritize your list of interests or passions and then develop the top one on your list. WA provides an excellent training course and tool source through Jaaxy in developing your passion for this niche.

Wishing you the best!

Have a great week!

smben69 Premium
Hi tim
Started editing my bio as per your advice Harder to write than I thought.but it is in progress Thank you Now to get back to training
Kickbacked Premium
Hi Steven

It will be well worth the effort!

Wishing you the best!

Have a great week!

DaveStarr Premium
Welcome Ben, although I never advanced beyond my Private ticket, I've been a pilot, aviation enthusiast (geek) and a GPS professional for more than 50 years now. As a retired professional pilot, you have a wealth of valuable experience and information at your fingertips. The career paths for young people, whether pilots, mechanics, avionics specialist, operations types has never been rosier. A lot of opportunities there, IMO. Good luck with your journey on WA.
smben69 Premium
Thank you Dave. I have been pondering the writing of a site for young people wanting to fly. Thanks for the encouragement. and congrats on that private ticket.
Steve Bennett
DaveStarr Premium
You're more than welcome, Steve (sorry for inferring your name was "Ben", LoL).

Indeed with a literal world-wide pilot shortage, there has never been a better time to start an aviation career,

And one thing that always strikes me these days, are the continual objections raised about aviation training that are all forms of "It just costs too much".

Well, it does cost a lot of money. But then again, so does something like getting a business degree from a quality school or something like a CPA ... ground-bound and boring .
JonathanAll1 Premium
Welcome to WA. It’s participation and persistence to get there and also takes lot of creative thought to process...
Yes, thank you for following. And I am hungry to get started.
I finding so much information for goals to success. This is surely a great opportunity with just what I need to develop independence and dreams.
Yes www is a big world brought together with WA...

Truely grateful
Jonathan Leslie
Facebook/Jonathan Allen
Robert-A Premium
Hello Steven And Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate.
Since you joined you will perhaps have come to the conclusion that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.

You must keep referring to the training.
If you get really stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 450 blogs I have published within WA.

Feel free to send me PM anytime you get stuck and I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.
Have a great day.
smben69 Premium
Thank you so much Iam learning daily Hard sometimes
Robert-A Premium
No probs Steven and if/when you read my blogs make sure you choose the ones that will help you in conjunction with whatever training you are currently taking.
Have a great Monday.
Hello. Today is my first day of training and I am going to sign up for premium today as well but to be honest with you I still am confused as how I will be earning income. I havent finished all of the training videos yet so I may get my answers there but wanted to ask a member. Are you selling a product? What are you promoting and how long realistically does it take to earn income? Will you have to pay for more things other than upgrade to premium ? I just dont want to pay to upgrade and find out I have to pay for more things to earn income. Could you please help me? Thanks!
smben69 Premium
Work thru the training and things become clearer. We all promote something and WA is a great opportunity for you, Be patient and learn. Yes there is a domain charge of about 15 a month but that is all. Read the success stories and feel free to ask me anything , or post questions to others. You will succeed if you persist. My new website is about narcissism and yes I will be promoting anything online that helps people overcome the disasters in life
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Hi!! Welcome to WA Premium. The information available is here is never ending!! And the training is Incredible!!

Follow that training! I can not stress this enough. Do not skip around. Do them in the order in which they are. And go at your pace. You'll find you can't wait to learn more in the following days. I did.

There were a few lessons that I had to watch twice. If that's what you have to do, do it!

And soon you will have yourself an awesome website. Amazing direction, and the tools that you need to succeed in whatever it is you want to do!

You go do it, for you!!

Be awesome!! Be amazing!!! And be successful!!
StPaul Premium
Wow, Congratulations on going Premium. It was a very good decision. I know that being a premium member opens up the training you need to have an extraordinary experience here. I wish the best for you. If I can help with anything just drop me a message. Do remember it will take time to earn money online and patience is the key. Never ever give up.
smartketeer Premium
Hi Steven,

Congratulations on becoming a Premium member!

Wise decision!

Here are my recommended WA posts for you: To YOUR success!

IamVirginia Premium
Congratulation on upgrading to Premium! You have begun a journey that will change your life.
Just remember, life is filled with situations where we are faced with a ‘fight or flight’ decision. If you run, you’ll have to face the same fight again. You want to change your life? You have to fight for it. But take heart – you are in good company! Don't give up!
One mistake that I made as a newbie at WA was posting the link to my site in my profile and in live chat. I was looking for feedback on my progress but I have since learned that this is a no-no. I was not aware that I was breaking the rules and I am thankful that someone kindly warned me, before just turning me in.
With that in mind, for your convenience; I have included a link to the rules about spam in this welcome message: I am also including a URL to a thread where it IS OK to post your URL’s and ask for feedback.


I hope this will help you and prevent any problems for you as you move forward.
Feel free to follow me and if you have any questions, I will be happy to either answer them or direct you to someone who can.

Always remember: the only stupid question is the one that you don’t ask
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Welcome to WA Premium. You have joined a community that is very supportive, encouraging and positive. I wish you all the best.

Kind Regards,