My name is Matt Conner and this is my story…
From Government Employee to Business Success
I was born and raised in a lower middle-class California family with no financial education, and little notion of wealth or abundance. I attended the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) using an NROTC (Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp) scholarship.
In 1995, I graduated from UCSD and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Having been accepted into the Navy’s pilot flight training program I moved to Pensacola, FL in the summer of 1995 to begin my naval career and pursue my lifelong dream of flying in the Navy.
In 1997, I received my Naval Aviator wings of gold and was selected to fly helicopters on the West Coast at San Diego, CA. After some advanced training learning how to fly and operate the Sikorsky SH-60F/HH-60H I was assigned to my first operational squadron, HS-6 (Helantisubron Six). While at HS-6, I did two deployments with Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11) on the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-72) in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2001, I married my beautiful wife Cheri while she was still attending medical school at the University of Washington. She graduated medical school in 2002 and matched for an anesthesia residency at UCSD so at last we were able to live in the same house and city.
In 2004, I left active duty in the Navy and became a reserve instructor pilot at HSC-3 SAU (HelicopterSeaCombat Squadron Three-Squadron Augment Unit) flying the new Sikorsky MH-60S (Knighthawk). After almost two years at that squadron, I transferred over to HSC-85.
In 2005, my son Griffin was born. In October of 2006, I moved my family from the sunny skies of San Diego, California to the big sky of Bozeman, Montana, my wife’s hometown. Cheri had just graduated from her anesthesia residency at UCSD had always dreamed of returning to her home town, and when a job opened up with the anesthesia group in Bozeman we took the opportunity. I continued at HSC-85 as a reserve pilot making the trip down to San Diego once a month to fly and participate in reserve duties. In 2007, my daughter Caleigh was born.
When we moved to Bozeman, I began work as a stay at home dad and as a DoD (Department of Defense) consultant in addition to my job a Navy reserve pilot. I was working very hard without much income to show for it.
In 2008 I decided I was working too hard and gone from my family too much to justify continuing what I was doing. I left the Navy reserve in October 2008 and I started looking for something else I could do part time while still taking care of our two children, ages three and one.
I knew getting another conventional job was not going help our financial situation long term as we have always sought the path to achieve financial freedom. Several years prior to this I had read Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and since then had tried to grow my financial literacy and knew ultimately that I wanted to be start making some passive income through real estate, business and investing. I first began looking for opportunities to own a business where I could use the cash flow from my business to buy the assets necessary for us to achieve the goal of financial freedom.
I looked at buying an established business and I looked at buying a franchised business. I also looked at starting my own conventional business, but I soon came to realize that it took massive amounts of capital to do any of these things. Worse yet, the chances that a business of this type failing within a couple years was astronomically high, and that wasn’t a risk I was willing to take. Besides all this, the other major drawback for me to start or buy a business like this was the inherent time commitment it would take to succeed. I had left the Navy because I was tired of the separation from my family, and I knew a new start-up business would mean even more separation from them.
In 2009, an ex-Navy squadron mate introduced me to a totally different business concept. It was a business that would provide the business owner the flexibility to work wherever, however and as much or as little time as they want. He went on to explain that the Internet was the business source which provided endless opportunities to make a full-time income while having the flexibility required to be a stay-at-home dad.
Once I was convinced that working online was indeed legitimate and something I could do, there was no stopping me from forging ahead on this path. I partnered with several people over the years that followed in starting several successful online businesses from lead generation to membership sites to physical product sales.
I was now a business owner and could consider myself an entrepreneur! My background and training up to this point had not really prepared me to be a business owner so now it was time to buckle down and learn about business and what it would take to be successful. There was lots of trial and error, and many expensive mistakes along the way but nothing ever deterred me from seeking success.
In 2013 I was introduced to Bitcoin by a business partner. At the time, Bitcoin had been around for 4 years and was trading at $50usd. We decided to buy some on pure price speculation and didn’t think much more about it until the price started to really take off a few years later. Unfortunately, my business partners all sold their Bitcoin when it hit $1000usd, but I had a feeling there might be something to the orange coin and committed to holding it for the long-term. I feel like I was one of the OG diamond hand hodlers before it was even a thing! It wasn’t until the past few years that I really started to study Bitcoin and go down the rabbit hole in learning about it’s merits and world-changing capabilities.
Over the last decade it has become apparent to me that the financial path the economies of the world have taken is not sustainable. Fiat based currencies are bound to fail as history has proven time and time again. We need a sound money that can not be inflated, debased, censored, muted or controlled by any government or entity. I believe that Bitcoin is the solution.
However, the fiat system will not go down without a fight and the transition will mean geo-political instability, wars, inflation, supply-chain shortages with the entire financial system possibly descending in to pure chaos. So, it is important to be self-reliant and prepared for the worst possible scenarios.
In 2023, I decided to start a personally branded blog with the hopes of helping as many people prepare both physically and financially as possible. By learning and taking action with the preparations you should make today, you will be ready for any scenario that may happen in the future. One of the first steps you should take is acquiring some Bitcoin (even if it’s just a little!) as it is one of the best ways to prepare for financial uncertainty as it will preserve your wealth not only for today but for future generations as well.
Thank you for joining me in preparing for our collective future,