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

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,396 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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 li
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by William Morrow (first published September 1st 2012)
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Caren I'm giving it to my will-be-10, all-about-survival son this week. I'd give it to anyone 7 & up. The chapter headings themselves are gems and the…moreI'm giving it to my will-be-10, all-about-survival son this week. I'd give it to anyone 7 & up. The chapter headings themselves are gems and the pull out quote text provides the next reading level up, but even the full chapters themselves are short and very accessible. (I say that just to say it would work on some level for a wide range of ages but I know a 14-year-old would be fine for sure!) Just skimming through it, my husband and I were impressed and want to read it as well. A great 'how to be a man/all-around awesome human being' book we can't wait to share with our son. :)(less)

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Lucinda
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
“Struggles develop strength and storms make you stronger…”

Life’s journey and path is full of ups and downs, yet a strong heart pushes forth for success in reaping those rewards. Extreme hardships, tough battles and dangers can be fought and overcome - - when we choose to seize the moment, face our fears head on and rely on instinct!
Living a purpose-driven, impactful life can be challenging and sometimes we need a guide…Bear Grylls inspirational, empowering almanac incorporates personal life les
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Kylie
Honestly I want to start by saying how much I respect Bear Grylls, the man is absolutely incredible and seriously inspiring. It got to the point where i wasn’t just reading to help myself but to really take in what he was saying and what he’s been through and where he is now. It’s incredible

I know some people say it’s not what they were expecting but it was for me. He managed to talk about surviving in life and in business and well as in adventure.

Some also said that his quotes were “corny” or
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Donna
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, I will say that this was a little cheesy and he quoted a lot of cliches, but with that being said, I liked this book. I picked this up because my boys love Bear Grylls and it turned out to be a pleasant read. This is filled with the kind of stuff that I find myself saying to my own children. As a parent, the role of cheerleader is one I often slip into. It is full of reminders that you would want your children to live and apply. I also liked that he quoted from the bible to make points. So ...more
André Gomes
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, motivational
Great motivational book.

Quick and fun to read.

Here are some of the ideias I like the most:

* Take the first step
* Enthusiasm adds the extra 5% sparkle to everything we do
* Success almost always follows great attitude
* Ask “Why not?” instead of “Why?”
* Success requires sacrifice. Get used to it.
* Pain is transitory; pride endures forever
* Fail, fail, and fail again, Colonel Sanders (KFC) was rejected 1,009 times
* To receive, you must give
* Money is also like a river, and rivers need to fl
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Tony
Sep 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Dreadful disappointment:
"A stitch in time saves nine" , "If life gives you lemons..." like this book!

I wanted to read about his life stories not a self help ^%^$%$#
Deb
May 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of this book and I will check to see if my public library wants it, since I don't have any reason to keep it. So my review: First, the title is a misnomer; the words “Survival Guide” were definitely misleading to me, given what this man does for a living. I didn't realize the book would read like salesman training material. "Put a picture of your dream on the wall." "Always be enthusiastic." Etc. Second, the publishers decided to have the text alternate back and forth betw ...more
Cheyenne DeBorde
Inspiring and engaging! I learned a lot and was encouraged to do greater things. It was definitely not preachy, but felt friendly.
Elena
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best motivational books ever! Short and easy to read. Full of inspirational stories, words of courage and wisdom.
Mark Jones
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simple. Wise. Inspiring.
Lee Adams
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Not terribly deep and just reaffirming everyone else's life mantras but the delivery was good. It was a very quick read and had some good takeaways. Just like part about needing motivation/goals every day just like brushing your teeth reading this was my tooth brushing without having to reread something already on the shelf.
Joy  Finlayson
Filled with cliche, it was often cringeworthy. A disappointing read.
Lucinda
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Struggles develop strength and storms make you stronger…”

Life’s journey and path is full of ups and downs, yet a strong heart pushes forth for success in reaping those rewards. Extreme hardships, tough battles and dangers can be fought and overcome - - when we choose to seize the moment, face our fears head on and rely on instinct!
Living a purpose-driven, impactful life can be challenging and sometimes we need a guide…Bear Grylls inspirational, empowering almanac incorporates personal life les
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Jimmy Banks
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A survival guide for life by Bear Grylls
5 stars

This book fits into the 'book written in the last three years' category on the bingo board as it was published in 2012.

This book is a great guide for learning " how to achieve goals, thrive in adversity and grow in character". It is a book written to help people learn to be successful in life or whatever dream they may have. Grylls shares secrets and different ways that helped him become an adventurer. In the book he talks about many different top
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Anna Claire
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Recommended by a friend who was not a reader but loved this book. Every page full of good sense, good stories, good values and good words. Small bite sized chapters with a simple message in each.
not wordy, definitely not complex. It got me so interested I went back and bought another of Bear's books. Too many good messages to quote but my fav is simply. " when in hell, just keep going."
Nahid
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"And if you find yourself (as we all do occasionally) being too impressed by the hollow masters such as status, power, fame or money, take a trip to the wild with some friends, and remind yourself that the most precious things in life cost the least" - Bear Grylls

This book is very inspirational read. Bear draws the invaluable lessons from harsh wilderness to our day to day life that help us to keep going when everything (or everyone) stands against us. We face them all the time. But life goes on
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R7835
May 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, calibre
So, this wasn't what I was expecting. I thought the advice was going to be more physical than mental (e.g. how to handle yourself in certain scenarios). Instead, this is more of a mental/attitude guide for life. See all that stuff you were taught in school but you ignored because it felt so 'uncool' at the time? That's what this book is. Basically - be kind, generous, put others first, don't give up, be positive, make the most out of bad situations, 'crisitunity', eat well... To use a second Sim ...more
Carly
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Considering I haven't ever really thought a great deal about Bear Grylls, the two+ hours I had between finishing a college activity and beginning work appear to have been a greater blessing to me than I could have known. A saunter around the library brought me to the "Biographies" shelves, and I had no interest in music or political personalities. Instead, I elected to flick through this book, because as a recently enrolled scout leader it seemed blasphemous not to think much, if anything, of Be ...more
Owen Rataj
2.5*

I was given this book for Christmas about two years ago. Since then, it has sat on my shelf untouched, gathering dust. The main reason was that I wasn't sure that I'd be all that interested in it, as well as the fact that it looked like a time-consuming read. However, you shouldn't judge a book by its dimensions.

Despite being a large hardback copy, this could quite easily have been condensed down into a convenient pocketbook. The choice of font and formatting meant that "chapters" were no m
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Tom Greentree
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don't know how to review this book without seeming snobbish, but here goes: this is a book written for a very specific audience--17-29 year old males who rarely read anything but might read advice from Bear Grylls. I don't think women would get much from it (it's clearly not really written to them), though the life principles are all transferable. But, having said that, if young men did read it, they would receive very solid advice which they could build their lives on. I agreed with virtually ...more
Alyona
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was extremely sceptical at the beginning. Neither the layout nor the title promised inspiring reading ro me. I picked up this book, because this was the only EN book at the place we stayed on our holidays
After a couple of chapters I couldn't stop reading. Some statements are too ambiguous, or the author made 3 chapters, instead of putting everything into one. Still, I got a very positive overall impression from this book with advices that not only I as a person but also I as a parent should f
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Kim
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration
I have been reading Bear Grylls his book Mud Sweat & Tears last Summer. It really inspired and intrigued me. My dad gave me this book and said it was also very good. (I got the Bear Grylls fandom from him). I have to admit, this is really not your one of a kind self-help-book, but it's something much more, written by someone that actually knows what he is talking about. I think Bear is a true inspiration for a lot of people, and this book is very helpful to me, and I am sure it will be to yo ...more
Tomas Pavlatka
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was looking for next book to read and my friend recommended this to me. I was quite sceptic in the beginning, but this book really taught me a lesson - never judge the book by its cover.

The last thing I would expect from this book was to find so many relation to Bible, in very non-offensive format. But you do not need any faith or belief to read this book.

It's full of live advices and suggestions and saying, which I will never forget as I wrote them down.

I am handling it to my kids to read
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David
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book ever. This is a book which contains short chapters, printed with large font size. Each takes about 2-3 minutes to read. You can pick up the book and start reading it on any page. In this book Bear is sharing his experiences on how to live a joyful, complete and happy life. How to stay motivated when times are tough, and how to grow in character. I re-read this book at least once a year and always find a new perspective to its content. It is NOT a motivitaional book on becoming r ...more
Neil Anderson
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really didn't know what to expect from this book as Grylls life is totally opposite to mine but i ended up enjoying it so much. Although he often talks about his adventures, you can forget about comparing those parts to your life. But Bear Grylls gives so much practical advice that anyone can apply to areas of their own lives if they want to, no matter what you do in life. Well worth a read and likely a book i will read again, maybe on a yearly basis.
Leahann Barnes
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s nothing hugely new in this book but it is so good to be reminded of the positive principles of life. And what a story about Beck Weathers, the mountaineer left for dead by climbers, but who got up, got back to camp and who lost his hands and nose to frostbite. I’ll always now remember the importance of the five ‘f’s’; family, friends, fun, faith and following the dream. Such an easy read that reboots you with that ‘get up & go’!
Cliff Watt
If you've never read a self-improvement book before, you may find this instructional. Grylls is writing for a fairly young audience but it's enlightening enough in terms of what makes him tick.
As the poster boy for the Alpha course, Grylls isn't shy about talking about his faith or making biblical references throughout.
Bill Zoelle
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
My rating is for how this book relates to me. I didn't really care for the style of this book. Lots of anecdotes taken from all too familiar sources with no real substance. Lots of positivity without the 'guidance' to apply the concepts practically. I'm sure Bear has examples he could share from personal experiences, but he barely (I know) went there. This book would serve as a nice intro to the self help genre, but for more substance I'd look elsewhere.
Gene Ryder
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve read many self improvement books and really liked how Bear put his own twist on it. Even for individuals that feel they don’t have the time to invest in reading for bettering themselves, Bear makes it easier by making each chapter only 2-4 pages long. I’m sure this is a book I will reread many times over and appreciate it as much as the first time I read it.
Danielle.jiang
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the straight to the point style of writing. I found some lessons and stories inspirational and some of the quotes resonated with me. I will reread this book every now and then, should I lose motivation in working towards my goals.
Lim Lyn
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love that the book is structured in 1-2 page of wisdom that is relating to the wild outdoors , there is no room for fluff and each time I read it , it inspires me to take action and get out of my funk .
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Every year the death toll on Mount Everest rises, and for every ten mountaineers who make it to the top, one will die. Yet at 7:22AM on May 26th 1998, Bear Grylls entered The Guinness Book of Records as the youngest, and one of only around thirty, British climbers to have successfully climbed Everest and returned alive. He was only 23 years old.

The actual ascent took Bear over ninety days of extre
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“There is little faith involved in setting out on a journey where the destination is certain and every step in between has been mapped in detail. Bravery, trust, is about leaving camp in the dark, when we do not know the route ahead and cannot be certain we will ever return.” 24 likes
“When you find yourself thinking about someone or something in the same old negative way, just stop yourself. Think. Check. Change. Refresh. Job done. Smile. Move on. Do this enough times and you will change. For the better; for the stronger.” 13 likes
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