A Survival Guide for Life: How to Achieve Your Goals, Thrive in Adversity, and Grow in Character

Bear Grylls

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0062271962

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The world-famous adventurer reveals a lifetime of wisdom and lessons learned from the planet's wildest places

Life in the outdoors teaches us invaluable lessons. Encountering the wild forces us to plan and execute goals, face danger, push our "limits," and sharpen our instincts. But our most important adventures don't always happen in nature's extremes. Living a purpose-driven, meaningful life can often be an even greater challenge. . . .

In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls, globally renowned adventurer and television host, shares the hard-earned wisdom he's gained in the harshest environments on earth, from the summit of Mt. Everest to the boot camps of the British Special Forces. Filled with exclusive, never-before-told tales from Bear's globe-trekking expeditions, A Survival Guide for Life teaches every reader—no matter your age or experience—that we're all capable of living life more boldly, of achieving our most daring dreams, and of having more fun along the way.

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in our lives – more than you might imagine. My grandfather always had a little framed picture by his bed that simply said: There is always music in the garden, but our hearts have to be still enough to hear it. So every once in a while, take out your backpack and head off for a night under canvas. Even if it’s only for one night, and even if it’s only in your garden. Nature and the outdoors are a universal and deep-rooted language that we can all pick up once we get immersed. Once you have

There are no bridges. Don’t believe me? Then ask a professional rugby player. If you throw yourself into that rugby tackle hard, then you win; but hit it half-heartedly and tentatively – and you get injured. Annoying but true! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. It’s like a secret ingredient that, when added to a tricky situation, can transform outcomes. The wild demands boldness. When you jump off a cliff, or cross a crevasse, or wade through a raging river, you don’t get many second

always be thinking of your next sentence or your reply while people are talking – rather just listen carefully to understand how they are feeling or what they are imparting. It sounds simple but so few people do this, and it is a big part of why many never reach their full potential in life. You know the expression: empty vessels make the most noise. It is true. The best adventurers and climbers, and the most successful people I know in life, are all great listeners, and they don’t talk too

you stick it out, you’re still in with a chance. Life rewards the dogged, not the qualified. As Harrison Ford once said: ‘Them that stick it out are them that win.’ 9. THAT LITTLE BIT EXTRA Have a guess what the difference is between a £1 million racehorse and a £100 racehorse. Well, obviously the £1,000,000 one is 10,000 times faster than the £100 one. Right? That’s clearly ridiculous. Is it even ten times faster? No way. Twice as fast? Unlikely. At best, the difference is only

many people do you know who, when there is something wrong in their life, expect someone else to come along and fix it for them? It is so common: an assumed ‘right’ that it is someone else’s job to provide for and nanny them. It is someone else’s job to fix up the mess. It is never down to us. Now, don’t get me wrong. Many people need help – for real – and our calling if we are to be ‘successful’ has to include loving and helping those who are suffering, struggling or trapped in a cycle of

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