About Smben69
Joined January 2018
Thank you for taking your time to look at me.
If you are not a member here or premium do it now.
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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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
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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
LCEndahl Premium
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
YvetteC2 Premium
Welcome to WA Premium. You have joined a community that is very supportive, encouraging and positive. I wish you all the best.

Kind Regards,
Jadatherapy Premium

Many thanks for the follow, I really appreciate it.

Wishing you the very best success here at Wealthy Affiliate

Stay Blessed
keishalina9 Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium! ... you've made the right choice... all the best for every success, cheerio... :)
Jadatherapy Premium
Hi and congratulations on becoming a premium member.

Wishing you much success here at WA
onmyownterms Premium
Welcome to WA!

You may find this post helpful on your journey.
RobSciubba Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate! You've come to the best place! Follow the training and ask for help! Good luck! :-)
Godsmack12 Premium
Hello and welcome to premium. Rock your success.
CTL Premium
Congratulation, you have made an excellent decision on upgrading to Premium. Start the training and take action. You can see your goals become reality.

Ask help when you need it.

Wish you the best.

el-jefe-Kyle Premium
Kyle here. Not sure if you are just too busy or what, but I see your account is still not completely set up. If you are stuck just message me back.

Having your account set up may not seem that important. But it will lead to more engagement from other users, more help, and all-in-all a better chance of success.
el-jefe-Kyle Premium
Hey Steven!

I'm Kyle (not the owner, just a member).

You must have came from my blog and as promised, I'm here to help.

You can get started with the training at any time in the menu on the left side of the screen. You will see the big green button that says "Get Started Here".

If you need any help let me know :)