Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Twenty-Nine, Dateline 5-9-2018

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.
— Thomas Merton

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-twenty-nine of Operation Achieve Anything. As soon as I finish this post I’ll be switching gears for day number three of my new “day job.” I’m still just a tad bit lost since it’s a work from home job where they expect you to figure any issues out on your own. In fact, on day number one I wasn’t even sure if I was technically allowed to start since no one would get back to me. Thankfully, I’ve grown used to this treatment because I’ve been working one-off jobs through this company for many years because otherwise, I might fear that this was a scam.

I can wait to settle into a schedule and feel comfortable with what I’m doing because so far, other than the slight frustrations from being new and a bit confused, this job is a perfect fit for what I am trying to do. First off, I love how I can work whenever I want as long as I fit in the minimum amount of hours while keeping an achievable level of units per hour output.

Between this flexibility and working from home, I have no fear that I can keep up with all of my projects without much-added pressure from this job as soon as I find my zone. In fact, this job is actually going to make working on my projects much easier since the steady income that it will bring means that I’ll be able to splurge a bit on things other than the basics required to get by.

It’s going to take a couple months to get caught up on financial things that I’ve been neglecting over the past couple of years but once I get there, I plan to take any additional income and invest it into my novels and this blog in hopes that one day I’ll be able to ditch the idea of a “day job” altogether. I dream of the day where I am caught up enough to hire an editor/assistant. Not only would it be great to have someone to clean up my writing but it would also be nice to have someone outside of my family to talk with since none of them have any interest in talking about writing or art.

This actually transitions pretty well into yesterday’s assignment since the Achieve Anything… book is still focused on thinking about relationships. For yesterday’s task, I was supposed to think about the quote, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them,” and how it relates to my goals. Yes, by definition my wanting to hire an assistant is to get someone to help me, but I hope that I’d be hiring someone who could use both the money that I would pay along with the experience that they’d gain to jumpstart their own career.

Keep in mind that in my head, I have no plans to start out with an assistant with any more experienced than a student or recent graduate where it would probably be their first paid job in their field of interest. For one, I feel like it would take a while, if ever, to hire anyone full time so I don’t think anyone with a ton of experience would be willing to put in the time for the pay I’d be able to offer, especially with the assistant aspect of the job.

Other than the pay and scope of work, I’d also prefer someone new to the field who might not have their dreams beaten out of them and are still willing to think outside of the box since they would be dealing with me after all. Finally, the idea would also be that going with someone new would help them as much as they help me by adding to their portfolio.

That said, outside of work, I’m now opting to aim for the latter aspect of the quote by keeping to myself to avoid doing any more harm. I know I often talk about how I feel hurt by others but a main part of that pain comes from not having the ability to handle even perceived rejects and often harm the ones that I love in the way that I cope with these types of situations. So, my isolating efforts are just as much about protecting others as it is about protecting myself.

This kind of leads us into today’s assignment that is focused on compassion since, even if misguided and wrong, my efforts are to make things easier for others as much, if not more than I’m making it for myself. As far as the actual assignment goes it’s another one that’s kind of vague since it pretty much just says to try giving compassion a shot.

As always, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s update to see what I manage to come up with. 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.


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.