Here in Sudan, I had an idea

Suited Tim

I was gleefully celebrating my 31st birthday in the early hours and then BOOM! It hit me. Funnily enough, It was just after I’d belted out a passionate rendition of Enrique Englassius’s Hero. Was it a sign or merely a coincidence? I’m not afraid to admit it. Never mind. I’ve had ideas before and let them pass. This time was different. This idea had struck me with such tremendous force; immediately I had to go acquire a pen and paper to get it written it down. Never mind secluding myself from my birthday shindig. This idea had to get out of my head and put onto something tangible. Birthdays always make […] more

52 and 17: The Productivity Hack Your Boss Will Hate

Casino

I once had an associate who worked as a croupier at a casino. I thought it was an enviable job because of the generous working conditions. You’re basically getting paid to gamble, you get free meals, your uniform is taken care of and you get a 15 minute break for every hour worked. Despite the benefits, working at casinos can be incredibly depressing. It’s an environment full of losers losing. It’s no wonder this associate of mine had a drug problem. Anyway, there was one thing this casino was getting about right. The frequent breaks. A recent study by time tracking software spruikers Desk Time found that the most productive people take a 17 […] more

Always Sell the Results in Advance

Easy Money

997 Fajbusiewicz Na Tropie. It’s an infamous Polish TV crime series shot in Łódź. I recently took part in the making of an episode. I played a bit part as a crime scene investigator taking photos of a murder victim. My girlfriend works part time for the show looking after casting and location scouting. I was with her one day driving around the Polish countryside while she was location hunting for a suitable house to use for filming. One does not simply film a house to put on a TV show. You need to get permission from the owner. This requires negotiation. After cold calling on the 4th house she was getting frustrated by all these home owners […] more

June, July, August and then?

Hel

Seems I was sooooo motivated in May… I set myself 6 goals to accomplish. Its been more than 3 months since then. 109 days later in fact. So how did I do? Did I smash my goals or did I fail spectacularly? To get a sense of success it’s best to revisit what my actual May goals were. They were focused on 3 core areas, fitness, food and fabrication. All 6 goals were written to be Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant and Time Bound (SMART). My success was limited only by my ability and capacity to commit. Lets analyze the results. Excuse time :-/   “By the end of May I will squat 140kg for 1 rep unassisted” In mid May I changed gyms […] more

Mad Month May Motivation Much Mofo?

Mo Tim

What does, growing a mustache in November, quitting booze in July or a February addiction fasting have in common with eating McDonald’s everyday for 30 days?  MONTH – LONG – CHALLENGE  they all are. 30 days of committing to something. It could be diet related – eating less junk food (or more). It could be cognitively related – read more books. It could even be mustache related. It doesn’t matter. What matters here is that you’re setting yourself some sort of monthly target; a goal… Goals are awesome! Committing to a goal and then achieving it means you’re winning at life, you’re being successful; success can be defined simply as: the accomplishment of a desired goal. Having lots of […] more

India on a Bullet

Bullet 350

India on a Bullet: Memoirs of a hoon Went to India. Hooned. It’s about a 20 minute read. Best viewed here with Google Tour Builder. The getting arrested in Mumbai story is legendary. High speed chase. Guns. It’s a wild ride. \m/>.<\m/ If you can’t open the Google Tour Builder link then read on from here… Forward Want to make 1.2 billion new friends? Buy yourself a Royal Enfield motorcycle, tour India and you’ll get instant admiration from Indians the world over. For many, it’s a dream ride. A trip of a lifetime. But understandably, few have the courage or means to live their dreams. Not me. I lived this dream. And here is the […] more

Traveling: A Cure For Depression?

Keep Moving Tim Gardner

    This is the first time that I have ever publicly admitted that I’ve suffered from depression. Congratulations to me, I’m one of the apparent 1 in 5  Australians that have suffered from the black dog. It probably first started in high school, aged 13, and sporadically continued to rear its ugly head right up until my mid twentys. But now, I reckon, I’ve pretty much cured it. Mostly thanks to traveling. 3 amazing, wonderful, glorious years of traveling. I’m now onto my second passport because Australia, Malaysia, United States of America, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Mynmar, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Qatar & Bahrain stamps […] more

How I Funded 3 Years of Traveling

Tim Gardner Backpack

Have you ever wanted to take an extended trip overseas? It’s not an easy thing to do. It takes time and money. You need to take time away from whatever kind of life you’ve burdened yourself with and you need to scrape enough funds together to first buy that departure ticket. Now, I can’t help you escape from the drudgery you’ve trapped your life in (maybe) and I can’t help you with funding (yet) but I can give you a hot tip. I can tell you exactly what I’ve done to fund 3 years of travel. It involved hard work (I’ve worked in over 60 jobs, at times holding down 4 jobs at […] more

The Best Way to Share Your Travel Stories

Peace

  Congratulations! You’ve traveled to some place, did some things and took a few photos. And now you want to share your precious travel moments with the people you love?     I’ve traveled a bit, I’ve taken a few of photos and I have plenty of amazing stories to share. I’ve also had extensive experience with all the above travel photo & story sharing options. With varying success… I am a notorious Facebook photo dumper (option c). To me it is the easiest way to share ALL of my photos (last time I checked I had 177 Facebook albums – almost 10,000 photos). Using the Facebook photo dump option is advantageous because it acts as a […] more

#FOMO #YOLO Bucket List

Tim Gardner Great Wall of China

#Fear Of Missing Out #You Only Live Once B U C K E T L I S T Recently I wrote about failing. Meh. How about some win? 100 things on my bucket list and I’ve already crossed off 34 36 #winning  Make Money From Something I Love Doing  Walk Down the Street Singing in the Rain  Fill up My New Passport Before it Expires  Live in a Penthouse Apartment  Discover my Family Tree  Buy a Really Nice Camera and Take Really Nice Photos  Go on a 5000km Charity Bike Ride  Hike Along the Great Wall of China  Sell Something for $10000  Perform in a Band Live on Stage  Celebrate NYE […] more

Why I Failed and What I Needed to Happen

Go Work

For 10 years my biggest goal has been “How can I make money online so that I can have the freedom to work where I want and when I want“   For 10 years I can categorically say that I have spectacularly failed at reaching this goal. The most money I have ever made online was $750 and it was by complete accident. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to film this happen and then MSNBC in New York happened to want the footage for their hit TV show “Caught on Camera”. I’m quite sure they aired the footage sans my excited commentary – hopefully. And sucked in to all the trolls […] more

5 Reasons You Don’t Blog About That

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I’ve had this site www.timgardner.info for almost 4 years. Its had numerous iterations, mostly aesthetical or functional tweaks (perfectionism is a ridiculous boondoggler). Its had themes, plugins and widgets thrown at it. Its been 404 idol, broken for extended periods because fix >.< ??? (thanks for the awesome support BlueHost I’ve even spent time hacking away at some of the code with amateuristic enthusiasm. But the one thing that’s always been wrong with this website is that it has always lacked content. Sure I’ve written some things and posted them, back in the day. But I deleted that because…? So now 5 compelling reasons why I left this site mostly a dormant blank canvas for the last […] more