Operation Achieve Anything: Day Three-Hundred-Sixty-Five, Dateline 12-31-2018

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I wish you a very good journey to an unknown you’ve never seen.
— Pieter V. Admiraal
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Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number three-hundred-sixty-five of Operation Achieve Anything. Holy crap, I can’t believe that today is my final day with this challenge, I’ve grown so used to making these daily post that it almost feels like I’ve been making them throughout my entire life and not just over 365 days. I also can’t believe how much the challenge has helped to improve both my writing and my outlook on life.

The funny thing is, I think that the Achieve Anything... book that inspired these changes was just a run of the mill self-help book with general life advice and not the step by step map to how to get things done since the achievement aspect is what drew me to this particular book for this challenge. As with all of my challenges, I don’t do all that much research before jumping in so I was simply judging the book by it’s cover.

All it would have taken is for me to read one review and I would have known that the book was more motivational than procedural and might have opted for something else. Back when I was solely focused on writing screenplays, I used to listen to audio self-help books while I worked my day job, in an effort to find character quirks and develop more individualized characters. I don’t know if this effort ever translated into anything great, but I found the self-help genre way better than any writing hack book that claims to teach how to write well-defined characters.

Anyways, since this left me fully aware of the self-help genre, this made getting through the same old same old on a daily basis feel pretty rough at times. Looking back, I’m actually happy that I wasn’t a bigger fan of the book because the fact that I powered through it reminded me just how committed I am to my nonsense. If it would have been a fun book that I loved, just getting through it wouldn’t be as big of an accomplishment on its own.

Kind of like how with the My Saturday Night Life challenge, that I’m now two years into, I could see an outsider say, “Yeah, I’d watch and review my favorite show if I only had the time.” First off, I don’t think most people would, but secondly, I know that I majority of these same people would back out the second they saw that the book did fit their need. Not me, I see all of my nonsense through to the very end.

It was the realization that I’m living my dreams by doing these projects, that I used to do before I ever had a blog, and only put myself through long-term stunts to entertain myself and my friends. I also realized, with this website as my primary platform, I don’t need anyone else to share my efforts with the world. I no longer have to sell my work, now it’s my job to figure out a way to actively attempt to share it.

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Thankfully, I still have four years left to the overarching challenge to test the adage that it takes ten years to create an overnight success because now that my creative side is more confident that I may actually figure this out, I’m more open to letting the business-minded side of me play around for a bit. This is why I’m starting TheAbodeBoss.com that I will be officially announcing tomorrow on New Year’s Day.

This will be a page where I will work to develop my marketing skills with the same patience and willing to experiment in the same way that I’ve been teaching myself how to write. I’m scared to death because even though I have ten times the amount of confidence in my current creative ventures, my sloppy old ways can be seen all throughout this site. Though I’m cleaning old pages as quickly as I can, I’m still worried that people will miss the point that the flaws are okay at this time because I want people to see the signs that I’m constantly making improvements, during the training phase.

As you’re probably going to start hearing me say a lot, once I finish the ten-year challenge that is TheWickerBreaker.com I plan to take all that I’ve learned and adapt all of my old screenplays into an intertwined series of novels, which should take another ten years. After that, the plan would be to take all this, I write my own original content until I decide to retire. At least this is the dream.

Whether or not I ever achieve fortune or fame, just let it be known that I will be here working away for a while if you would like to check in from time to time to see how things are going. I feel like the fact that I’m a year past the midway point to this first phase of a thirty-year plan, that should be enough evidence that I’m a man of my word. Barring any unexpected catastrophe, I now know that I will always have a job, now I just need to figure out a way to boost my income.

I would like to thank all of you crickets for following along, whether or not you’re actually there, I will continue to write to you in the hopes that one of these days I’ll start to get more of you to chirp. I look forward to sharing next years ventures when I check in with tomorrow’s introduction of Operation Fish Merger, where I plan to stop all of the self-reflecting and let my creative side play on this page, while my serious side can play on TheAbodeBoss.com.

I have a feeling that this is going to be an interesting year, only interesting in positive terms, not interesting like the past two years that left me wanting to lock all of my windows and doors. With all of that said, it’s now that time for me to sign of as usual by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects, and I wish you all the best of luck in the upcoming year as well.

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

The Wicker Breaker

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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.