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

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Harper Collins, Jul 2, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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From the world-famous survival expert,learn how to make everyday an unforgettable adventure

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:

  • What are the most important skills to learn if you really want to achieve your maximum potential?
  • How do you keep going when all the oddsare stacked against you?
  • How can you motivate a team to follow youin spite of apparent risks?

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. Here's to your own great adventure!


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A motivating read ....

User Review  - Hamra - Tesco

Bear has high standards so this is one of those books you read and aspire to follow, referring to again and again. While there's nothing new in it as such, its easy to read and gets you motivated. A good book to help with those January resolutions! Read full review

Excellent read

User Review  - Njams - Tesco

Bought this for my husband who loves all the survival books, he was not disappointed with this book. An inspirational read with top tips to think about in any given situation. Read full review


Have a dream
Dont listen to the dreamstealers
Just begin
Chase the goal not the money
Be the most enthusiastic person you know
To be brave you first must be afraid
Them that stick it out are them that win
Pack light
Shedding the heavy unnecessary
Worry worries
Tents dont repair themselves
Paddle your own canoe
Dont assume
Dreams require sacrifice
Failure isnt failure

That little bit extra
Never give
There is no education like adversity
Know yourself
You cant become a horseman until youve fallen off a horse
Commit to fail
Honour the journey not the destination
Beware the three
Seek out the five
The wind and the

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About the author (2013)

Bear Grylls has become known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started in the UK, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. It was here that he perfected many of the skills that his fans all over the world enjoy watching him pit against mother-nature.

His TV show Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor became one of the most watched programmes on the planet with an estimated audience of 1.2 billion. He also hosts the hit adventure show 'Running Wild' on NBC in America, as well as 'The Island with Bear Grylls' & 'Bear's Wild weekends' for Channel 4 in the UK.

He is currently the youngest ever Chief Scout to the UK Scout Association and is an honorary Lt-Colonel to the Royal Marines Commandos.

He has authored 14 books including the number one Bestseller: Mud, Sweat & Tears.

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