About Smben69
Joined January 2018
Hello, I am Steven M Bennett from N W Montana.

Thank you for taking the 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.

I spent my young years in a fishing and hunting paradise.

I loved sports in school and excelled in Basketball enough to win a scholarship.

I started studying Medicine at the insistence of my Dad. So I began the task of fulfilling my Father's wishes for me 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 Journeyman 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 my hand at owning a bar. (DUMB). I had no clue about 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 US Mail from Kalispell Mt to Billings Mt. All night flying in all weather.

I have been tested.

During my years in the 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. [add an internal link to the blog here and open in new window]

So I am here now to share my knowledge and maybe help pilots of all experience make good decisions about flying and to give what I know about building cars.


Update 2019

A year has passed and I have failed to complete training due to an infection that caused me to lose my left leg below the knee. Adding to my financial burden even more.

So now I have simply started interacting with the great people here and discovered that I could rank quite well just saying hello. I intend to write about this experience here and advocate for amputees in any way I can.

I am back to training here and hope to make it through before my medical expenses stop me from paying monthly for Premium. I will not let this stop me.
Smben69's Goals 3
Money Goals
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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Sep 1, 2018
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smben69 Premium Plus
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 Plus
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 Plus
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 Plus
Thank you My challenges are great. I will be blogging again soon
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Padmas Premium
Hi Steve,

Thank you for sharing the trials and tribulations of your life with us.
I think you have found WA at the right time and I can see you are already excelling here. I'm following you as well!

My best wishes to you sir! May all your wishes and future dreams come true :))

west2000 Premium
Hi Steve...you have an unbelievable story! I think there may be a book to think about writing (after you mentioned writing all your papers back in the day). I'm so impressed to hear about your flying. Aviation is fascinating. And I'm really sorry to hear about your health. Thanks for the follow & I wish you lots of success going forward.
Jacquie8 Premium
Wow Steve, what a story!

I'm sure you'll have plenty of valuable insight to share with many people!!

As I help others sometimes, I realise that support groups, helpers and the individuals sometimes need detailed knowledge on the type of help and support available, as well as how to navigate these areas which can be tricky at times! A lot of people just can't get their heads around some of the details.

There is nothing more valuable than hearing how another person achieved even small successes in dealing with anything from small goals and everyday practicalities through to the bigger goals and successes for inspiration.

Best wishes, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

smben69 Premium Plus
Thank you so much. I realize just exactly what you said in my own life. And at this point just small successes are so relevant. Thank you Steve
Jacquie8 Premium
And each big success is simply a series of smaller successes and mistakes (I find the mistakes are what give me the greatest insight).

Best wishes,

FunAcountant Premium
Jeez what a life story my friend. I am humbled and excited to be able to connect with you thousands of miles away and get a glimpse of your world. My reality is so much different here in Africa and I love to read and hear about other people's life experiences on the other side of the planet.

I always tend to think that we in Africa have major problems and that everything in the USA is always just good and shiny, but reading your profile I realized we are all just citizens of the world with the same dreams, challenges and outlooks.

You have so much to offer to your future audience it doesn't matter what niche you are going to follow.

Like so many other people in WA I would have loved to meet you in person.

All the best

Louis Munro
smben69 Premium Plus
Thank you Louis I needed to hear that today as Iam struggling with niches Love hearing from you steve
Cinderella7 Premium
You certainly have had a colourful life! You might consider writing a memoir. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your leg. With your resilience I’m certain you can conquer this new challenge facing you. Thank you for following me. I have followed you too and look forward to being part of your network. All the best!