Tim Gittos

I'm an Australian currently living in Austin, TX in the USA.

I currently earn a living programming, though I wouldn't call myself a programmer. If I had to attach a label to myself, I'd use the term autodidact.

I love learning, and my favorite things to learn about are programming, computer graphics, AI & machine learning, robotics, painting and creativity.

You Build a Wall One Brick at a Time

Last updated on 14 Jan 2014

Back in 2013, I promised that I would show up and do the work and subsequently didn’t do it. The fear of starting took hold and I got too caught up in not sucking to get good at anything:

However, I made a snap decision to “show up and do the work” around Christmas while talking to some friends about New Years resolutions. Normally my go to “resolution” is to resolve to not make any resolutions. Instead of answering with that when asked though, I answered with a plan to draw a little every day and record it.

Normally I believe that if you want to make a change in your life, you should just make the change. Not hang it on some “significant” time, like next week, next month or next year. But with the new year coming up, restricting the drawing thing to a year seemed like a great idea. At the end of the year, I should have at least 100 hours of video and over 300 drawings with which to show the power of the idea of putting in the work.

Tonight I’ll have my 14th session, sticking with this plan for 2 weeks, and it’s amazing. I can already see progress and I’ve opened the idea up to doing “art” at least once per day. That way I’m not restricted to just drawing. In fact, the idea is so great that I’ve started applying it to other areas of my life.

Anyone who is following along with my blog (nobody as far as I’m aware, haha) will know that I’m also working on a business with some friends. As of about a week ago, I spend every lunch time I have free from work at a coffee shop working on the business. I’m only working about 45 minutes a day, not even a full working day through the week but I’m already getting a lot done. I completed something I’ve been wanting to do for a few months and it only took about a week of lunch times.

If you have a large task or goal that seems imposing, commit to doing a little bit every day and don’t be afraid of being terrible at it. This isn’t the first time I’ve repeated such advice but it is the first time I do so from a position of (admitedly little) experience. If you have any doubt, come back next year and see where I am with my art and business. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.