Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Thirty-Three, Dateline 5-13-2018

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For the main characteristic of play - whether of child or adult - is not its content but its mode. Play is an approach to action, not a form of activity.
— Jerome Bruner

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-thirty-three of Operation Achieve Anything. It’s also a Sunday making it the official end of week number nineteen of this project that’s still going strong considering I’ve yet to miss a single day, even if a few have been quite uninspired. Either way, it’s been a fun way to give this segment a little direction as opposed to the rudderless rambling it became after I wrapped up my 365 Days of Resolution Challenge.

Since I’m talking about how much fun I’ve been having with this challenge I’m going to just right into yesterday’s challenge where the Achieve Anything… book’s latest theme is having fun while trying to find a balance between work and play. The actual task was to add to the list of people I would like to emulate that I created back in assignment number sixty-seven. For this earlier assignment, I was supposed to focus on people I admired for their honesty, for this assignment, I’m supposed to focus on people with playful personalities.

With that, here are three fun-loving people who I admire, all three of them being podcast host. Keep in mind, the order is random as I am not creating a top ten list.

  • Tom Reynolds – Tom is the goofball half of a podcast called The Complete Guide to Everything who playfully has to deal with his curmudgeon of a sidekick named Tim, who is also fun but more for his brand of complaining. The thing that I like about Tom is, at least what I’ve taken away from years of listening, he seems to strive to be successful enough to enjoy what he’s doing without the need for too much exposure which is how I would like to someday be. He’s written a couple of books and does his podcast every week which seems pretty fun to me.
  • Dave Shumka – Is almost the Canadian version of Tom, only he’s has a little more of the curmudgeon inside of him why he hosts the show Stop Podcasting Yourself while his sidekick is more of a go-with-the-flow comedian. Again, I like how he, at least seems, to like his level of celebrity and seems to be doing what he loves while staying 100% in control of the direction that he is heading which is what I feel keeps him so fun while doing his job.
  • Doug Benson – Again, I’m not only a fan of Doug as a comedian but I love all of his podcasts and Vlogs as well and though I feel there is much more of a hustle involved in his efforts, I still love the fact that he found a way to have fun while still maintaining full control over his career, to the point where he can have shows whenever because he knows that his fans will show up as opposed to having to count on random walk-ins.

Keep in mind, I’m fully aware that way more goes on behind the scene and I could very well be way off on how I’m reading each situation but based I the time that I’ve spent listening to these funny storytellers, above are the reasons I am the fan that I am. With that, I’m going to spend my day virtually hanging out with these three characters and listen to their show while I play since playing is the only task required for today.

As always, I’ll let you know what else playing ends up including when I check in tomorrow with my next update. With that, it’s now time to wrap this up by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

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.