Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Twenty-Seven, Dateline 5-7-2018

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True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
— Charles Caleb Colton

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-twenty-seven of Operation Achieve Anything. Though I’ve worked many Monday’s over the past couple of years, this is the first Monday that I’ll be working on a non-freelance Mon-Fri job. Well, it’s still contract work that can go away rather easily at any time, which again is another trade-off that comes with me working from home in order to still have the time to focus on doing what I love.

Though I’ll only be working part-time, between the fact that I no longer have a car or fuel to have to deal with and the fact that I’m living at home, I might end up with more money in my pocket than when I was working full time. Plus, minus the drive, and the daily distractions that would come up back when I used to commute, I’ll be saving myself around three hours a day on top of the hours that I’ll be saving by only working part-time.

With this work set up, I’ll be able to live a life where I’m doing more than just scraping by. Not only that but once I do settle in, I plan to invest any extra money into this blog and other personal projects to get my own work up to a level where I could then hopefully reach a point where I could become my own boss. Since I’m so used to scraping by, I could do something like take an entire paycheck and hire an editor for my novel to finally get that to a point where it is self-publishable.

Either that, or I could take that same paycheck and hire a couple of people to clean-up this here blog, or just wait a few months in order to save up and do both. Once my work is tidied up, I might feel more confident in my efforts to promote it, which I’m hoping would then create a snowball effect to where I’m consistently making enough to hire a permanent assistant/editor to help me out a couple hours a week because I just can’t do what I really want without at least a little help.

This plays into yesterday’s assignment where the Achieve Anything… book is back to focusing on the importance of maintaining relationships. The actual assignment was more of a lesson in tact in an effort to explain how to win over people and get them to want to help while keeping their interest genuine. I found the lesson a little outdated because it was clearly written before this last election when everyone seemed to become super sensitive and tactfulness has become a completely different beast to battle.

The advice to be tactful is still spot on, but the examples provided just felt like it came from a different time that may have been pretty recent but is definitely now in our societies past now that people seem to be so specific with what they’ll accept and anything less is completely unacceptable. Navigating this type of world is extremely difficult, especially when you’re a person who felt like an outside back when things seem more normal.

This assignment had no actual task other than to set my ego to the side for the day and try to be tactful with my interactions with others. As I said, the Achieve Anything… book is now focused on friendship so for today’s assignment, I’m supposed to explore my history of friendship in my journal. As someone who has become a shut-in over the years, this is going to be a tough one but it’s not anything that I’m all that afraid to share.

Of course, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s update to learn more details about the history of my constant heartbreak and loss that led me to this life of isolation. It may be a bit repetitive at this point but every time I do delve into the topic, I learn a little more about myself that I don’t really mind to share. We’ll see how it goes, but until then, it’s now time for me to sign off as usual 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.