Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty, Dateline 1-30-2018

A missed opportunity is worse than defeat.
— Anonymous

Hello Crickets, time for another Operation Achieve Anything update on day number thirty of this year-long daily challenge. Once again, it’s extra early as I’m evolving to be a morning person who wakes with the sun for some reason. Though I do really enjoy how this new morning routine allows me to get my daily obligations done before I used to even wake up, I miss the energy that I used to feel while working through the night while the rest of the world was in slumber.

This is going to be a quick update since the above paragraph is all that I’ve got as far as my opening thoughts go. That, and I don’t feel all that inspired by either assignment that I’m about to report on so I kind of just want to get this update over with. Just like a couple of days ago when I was annoyed by all of the happiness themed tasks, I’m currently annoyed by the fact that the past handful of assignments have been about avoiding missed opportunities.

Again, I get the message that the book is going for, but sometimes these themed tasks feel repetitive to the point where they feel like nothing but filler. Yesterday’s assignment was to think back over the past week of a time where I missed an opportunity and share how I can avoid missing out in the future.

In general, I wouldn’t say that this assignment is all that terrible but considering the fact that my answer involves an instance that was part of the day before’s task it slightly feels like a dead horse being beaten. That said, the answer is, I missed out on starting the next draft of my second novel while wasting my weekend away.


I have since started said draft and the lesson I learned was that if I feel stuck, rather than procrastinate, I can prime my creative pump by at least starting with supplemental content to get my head into the project. For example, yesterday, I didn’t manage to get any actual rewriting done, but I did create a new book cover and started to write the intro. Not only was this super fun, but now I can’t wait to get started because the project now feels more real.

This leads us to today’s assignment which I wouldn’t say is an actual assignment at all. The lesson was pretty much how a missed opportunity is worse than actual failure because at least with failure you are successful in putting in the effort. As for the assignment, all that it asks is that I actively try to no longer miss opportunities in the future.

I don’t know how they expect me to share my results for this task so well have to see what I end up figuring out when I check in with tomorrow’s update. Until then, it’s now that time where I say, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.


The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.