I received Bear Grylls’ autobiography “Mud, Sweat and Tears” as a gift last year, and I enjoyed it immensely.
I’m really a huge fan of his, and I always become re-inspired to get outside after watching one of his shows (or after reading his autobiography).
The book covers the story of his life, including a brief history of his family tree before he even arrived on the scene. Then he details his childhood and some crazy stories of a fun life growing up on the Isle of Wight.
He goes on to disclose some of the mad antics from his school life, his time in the Special Forces, and then finding his wife and becoming an international public figure because of his TV series.
Throughout it all is his constant love for the outdoors and exploration of the wild. Encouraged by his dad from a young age, he developed a fascination with rock-climbing, sailing, hiking, martial arts and anything else that he felt would challenge him. A great summary of his character is revealed in the book by his mom who says that while he was growing up he was “destined to be a mix of Robin Hood, Harry Houdini, John the Baptist and an assassin.”
Bear also details his pain and despair after breaking his back in a tragic parachuting accident in Zimbabwe. The doctors weren’t sure he would walk again, but his tenacity, faith and remarkable determination to never give up saw him climbing Mount Everest less than two years later.
Some of the highlights in his autobiography are definitely reading about the gruelling drills and missions of his training in the British Special Forces, conquering Everest against what seemed like insurmountable odds and also the success in his personal life – marrying Shara and having three sons.
Often on his show he talks about the importance of finding something to lift your spirits and stay in a positive frame of mind, and how crucial that is to survival. He says that the three “F’s” are what keeps him going: Family, Friends and Faith.
It really is an inspirational read, and fascinating to see the events and people who have shaped the life of a man who is determined to enjoy life, in the ways he loves most.
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