Over the past few months I have been speaking via email with a guy called Matt Watson, who is an Internet Entrepreneur, leading international musician, internet business owner, he writes all his own content and sales copy…. oh, and he is blind.
I recently interviewed Matt via email, because I thought that his story was inspirational, motivational, and damn right impressive. So let’s get started…
1) Matthew, thanks for taking the time to speak to me. Could you please tell me a bit about your background?
Hello Dean, thanks for having me here.
I have been a leading international musician for about ten years, and most of my life has been devoted to music. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial streak in me however, and in the last couple of years I’ve been working hard to turn my business sense into action … and money of course. I’ve managed to do this, and take my musical career forward as well: one thing helps the other.
2) Have you always been blind?
Yes, since birth and I’m 33 now.
3) What made you decide to work on the Internet?
A few things For a blind person, the internet is fantastic and I’ve found that it has opened up an incredible amount of opportunity for me, both in the musical and business world.
I use software called a screen reader, which speaks everything aloud from the computer. My lifestyle involves a large amount of international travel, so I wanted to find something which was flexible, and which I could operate from anywhere in the world. That’s the beauty of the internet I find.
5) One of my favourite quotes is: “Obstacles are not there to keep you out, they are there to ensure that only the people who want it bad enough can get in“. Do you have any messages or words of advice regarding overcoming obstacles in life and business?
I would very much agree with you here. Another way of seeing this (and I apply this to my own life) is that obstacles should be seen as a challenge rather than a barrier. We all have our things in life to deal with, and the better you become at “going through the struggle” the further you can go in every area. I’ve found this with writing sales copy for example … it’s a bit of a brain melt, but incredibly satisfying when you get to the end: just like taking a difficult piece of music from a first read-through, to a concert performance.
6) You have a product coming out soon based on horse racing. This is an area I have considerable experience in… could you tell us a little about it?
In 2005 I was looking for ways to make additional income. I’ve never been a betting man to be honest. In fact, my only prior experience was at the dog track, where I’d occasionally put £2 on a dog and then jump up and down shouting “guan number 6″, which didn’t really help very much. I saw however, that with the correct mindset, that betting could be approached in exactly the same way as running a business. Afterall, one of the fundamentals of running a successful business is in balancing the numbers.
7) What made you choose this niche?
Sports betting has become very popular in the last few years, because if you do it right, the return on investment (roi) is far better than the stock market, or a bank account for that matter. I’ve always had a liking for numbers, and I (almost accidentally) found some statistics from which i could make a profit on horse racing. I never really intended to bring my system to the market, but I saw that I could actually help people out, and I get a buzz out of that.
If you can help somebody do something better, which might improve their life, that’s no bad thing if you ask me. The method is called the Favourites Phenomenon System or FP System for short. The thing I like most about it is that the profits are incredibly consistent, between 98 and 99% of the time in fact,. I think consistency over quantity (in every area of life) is always better.
9) Is there anything else you would like to add Matthew?
Just one thing, and it’s this … Never be afraid of difficulty, and never be afraid to fail. If you want to do something in life, make sure your desire is “really there” and then go for it, no matter what anybody says.
I am sure that Matt is open to additional questions, so if any of you want to ask him anything, just leave it in the comments. I would like to thank Matt again for taking the time to speak to me, he has certainly inspired me, and if he can do the same for just one more reader, then it was worth publishing this. Dean PS: If you want to check out Matt’s betting site, the link is here: FPsystem – Warning – This site is gambling related, and is nothing to do with me or this site. I am only putting it here as a thankyou to Matt, and to help his Google rankings.
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