FAQs

Matt gets asked similar questions very often so we decided to put the answers to some of them here and we will add to them as we get more:

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Q: Where is Matt from?
A: Matt was born in Gillingham, England and spent his life until 16 in Kent. After that he moved to the Isle of Wight for 3 years then on to London. He also spent some time working in Florida, assisting with a tech start-up. Matt now spreads his time all over the world but mostly in Europe and United States.

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Q: How old is Matt?
A: In 2012 he turned 34

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Q: How did Matt become successful after being homeless?
A: This is a very difficult question to answer quickly, which is why Matt wrote his book. You need to read the book to get the full story but a very summarized version is: Matt started out working in I.T. by embellishing the truth a little in his first interview at 19 years of age, knowing that he had to standout because of his young age, homeless status and no qualifications. He then went on to start a group of small IT companies which enabled him to go into property development. Click here to see his post that gives a little more detail on his life so far and what he is doing now.

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Q: What companies or investments does Matt own now?
A: For the last 2 years Matt has been concentrating on emerging market, land and property investments. Among other properties he is working on he also owns a vineyard which he is renovating and updating. Plus Matt has been spending a lot of time writing and promoting his book “How To Be Lucky” and now writing and working on his entrepreneurial business course.

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Q: Are any of Matt’s current or past companies publicly listed?
A: No. Matt likes to spread his time, energy and money across personal projects that he can control. Matt took a leaf from Richard Branson’s book and followed his advice about not allowing shareholders, banks, governments and other large institutions tell him what to do and how to do business by keeping his businesses private. Matt is also not into building businesses for the sake of it, he prefers to make money instead, read about his thoughts on this here: Building A Business Vs Making Money

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Q: How successful is Matt?
A: Everyone has a different measure of success but a key measure is how far you have come. If you are born into a privileged family and you inherit millions, live in a mansion and drive a Bentley but never worked a day in your life, that is not success, that is privilege and fortune. Matt was a homeless teen at 17 years old but he worked to create financial and emotional freedom so he did not have to work in the 9 to 5 rat race. Matt now enjoys living all over the globe, getting up when he wants and enjoying every day without worrying about money, a job, rent, mortgage or an evil boss. He wanted total financial, physical and emotional freedom in his life and he successfully achieved it. See this post from early 2011 from Matt in response to questions about how successful he is: Not A Rags To Riches Story

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Q: How much money does Matt make from his book?
A: None. At best the book generates a few hundred a month gross, after printing, distribution and many other direct costs, the money left is given to various charities like DEKI deki.org.uk supporting entrepreneurs in the 3rd world. This project, writing the book, running this site/blog etc. has already cost Matt more in time and money than he will ever make back from it. Matt is doing all this to do something positive with his time, energy and resources. Matt also now travels at his own expense to give talks at charity events for free and support different groups that help and support homeless and vulnerable people, e.g. The Supporting People Conference where he was the keynote speaker.

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Q: I don’t feel like I have enough money or I am not in the position to start a business or improve my life, how did Matt do it?
A: This is another very difficult question to answer quickly which is precisely why Matt wrote his book and started his blog. All the advice and information you need is in the book and some additional info is in various blog posts freely available on this site. All of Matt’s projects from the first to the most recent have been achieved with the minimal amount of financial investment possible but with the maximum amount of energy, guile, aptitude and attitude to make them work, this is what you can learn from Matt’s book, blog and business course.

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Q: Would Matt give me some 1 to 1 advice?
A: Matt gives direct advice and answers to some of the questions we receive from this site and he really enjoys doing so. The main reason he created this site and wrote his book was to help others. Have no doubt Matt does this to help others and he loves answering questions and giving direct advice. However please try not to ask basic questions that are already answered on this site or in his book. Matt created these resources to help people and answer the questions people put to him, please make use of these before asking further questions. If you have looked through this site and read Matt’s book and would like to ask some specific questions please feel free to fill in the contact form. Matt also offers 1 to 1 coaching to a number of people to help them make more money, create new businesses, improve existing ones or just to help people though a tough time. This page has more information about Matt’s coaching and an online form to submit if you are interested:  Coaching and Consultancy

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Q: Will Matt invest in my project or venture?
A: If you wish to present a project or venture for Matt to consider investing in contact us with details via the contact form on this site but be prepared to have a complete and comprehensive business plan that you can provide immediately upon request. If you don’t have a proper business plan then please don’t contact us. Please also note that Matt does not have pools of readily available cash waiting to invest in “the next big thing”, like any smart businessman his money is already working for him in various investments so he may not often be in the position to invest.

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Q: Would Matt promote my venture, business or project?
A: In regards to Matt directly promoting your project, venture or business; Matt regularly retweets or directly mentions the projects of fans of his book in his articles and blog posts. To find out more have a look at this page: Let me Promote your Business

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Q: Will Matt give to our charity or support us in some way?
A: Matt gives some of the proceeds from his book in loans to entrepreneurs in Africa and other developing countries via charities like deki.org.uk any money repaid goes straight back to new entrepreneurs or in donations directly to the charities to support their projects. Matt also gives to various other charities that he has personal reasons to support. Feel free to contact us via the contact form on this site with plenty of details about your charitable work but be aware that Matt has spent a long time considering which charities to support and he is unlikely to deviate or divert money and attention away from those charities.

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Q: What is Matt’s book about and how can it help me?
A: How To Be Lucky is Matt’s story along with his unique theories and advice on how anyone from any background can achieve new, great things and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. This book will give you a new perspective, you will learn real and useful ways to spot opportunities, create opportunities and make the most of them.