What you don't know you can learn by doing - Living Adventurously 17

Tim Frenneaux is a former martial arts instructor and nine to fiver. He decided to return to the outdoor life that had brought him so much happiness growing up, and that the best way to make the difference he wanted to see in the world, was to start a business founded on social and environmental principles: Gather Outdoors.

Tim Frenneaux is a former martial arts instructor, nine to fiver and audio visual artist, turned ethical entrepreneur, microadventurer, climate activist and punk philosopher. 
His redemption started when the brief and fragile nature of existence became painfully real as he hit the big 40 in the same month that his Dad died. Unhappy conjunctures like that are a great way of forcing you to focus on what you want from “your one wild and precious life” (to quote the dear departed Mary Oliver)
Tim decided to return to the outdoor life that had brought him so much happiness growing up, and that the best way to make the difference he wanted to see in the world, was to start a business founded on social and environmental principles: Gather Outdoors.
Now he’s on a mission to encourage and enable folk to make the most of their fleeting presence on planet earth by spending more time outdoors. In doing so he hopes that great teacher, Mother Earth, will help them to reach their own understanding of the immense value of nature.

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  • Gather Outdoors website
  • Starting a business was an excuse to get outdoors more and meet interesting people
  • He feels guilty that his work doesn't feel like hard work and a struggle
  • Compartmentalising work and not-work is an important thing
  • Trying to rewild myself by reading lots of books
  • The first step in changing direction is realising that things are not quite right.
  • The imposter syndrome is how everyone feels and shouldn't be a burden and a barrier
  • What you don't know you can learn by doing
  • The modern day life experience cocoons us from the natural world
  • The importance of reading on paper versus a screen
  • We all have time; we just need to make time. 
  • Turn off the screens and embrace boredom
  • Barefoot running has made a big beneficial change to his life
  • Starting a business saw his income plummet, but also taught Tim and his family what is enough. It taught him about balance.
  • Recognise when you are slipping into a fur-lined rut, and then clamour to get out.

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