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The Success Story of Bear Grylls- The Real Life Adventure Hero

Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls (Picture credit: The NationalChurches Trust from flickr

Welcome to Youth Motivator. I would like to tell you the interesting success story of the born survivor- Bear Grylls.
Bear Grylls is a well-known adventurist who is famous for his survival shows in the wild.

You might have watched him in the wild, eating wild animals and live insects for survival on a very famous television series by name, Man vs. Wild.

I am going to tell you the real life struggle story of Bear Grylls, which will help you to face your fears more confidently and this story will definitely transform your life for good.

By knowing about him, you will be surprised to know the untapped human capabilities.
This article is the biography of Bear Grylls.
This article will motivate you to not lose hope and bravely face the challenges.

Rise above all-

Bear Grylls inspires everyone to rise above their failures, shortcomings and insecurities.
Man vs. Wild is one of the most popular reality shows in the world and these shows are aired on the Discovery Channel, a television network.

Bear Grylls and his adventures became the identity of the Man vs. Wild series.
This television series educates the general public regarding the survival skills required in the wild and during the emergency times.

A world-famous series-

The Man vs. Wild series is viewed in around 180 countries of the world.
This show is one of the most popular television shows in America and Bear Grylls has also garnered loyal fans across the globe.


Edward Michael Grylls (Bear Grylls) was born on 7 June 1974 to Michael Grylls and Sarah Ford in Donaghadee, a small town in County Down, Northern Ireland.

Edward Michael Grylls was nicknamed as Bear Grylls by his sister, Lara Fawcett when he was just a week old.

His father, Michael Grylls was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron and he taught his young son climbing and sailing.
After completing his schooling, Bear Grylls joined the British Army.

Before joining the British Army, he wished to join the Indian Army, so that he can fulfill his wish of climbing the Mount Everest, the earth's highest mountain above the sea level.

But Bear Grylls couldn’t join the Indian Army, as he was not an Indian citizen, so he joined the British Army.
Bear Grylls serviced the British Special Air Service, the Special Forces for three years.

The bullies who made Bear Grylls strong -

In his school days, Bear Grylls was bullied by some boys.
This forced Bear Grylls to work on himself to become stronger, so that he can defend himself against those bullies.

This made Bear Grylls to learn martial arts, karate.
So, those bullies indirectly made him to earn black belt in Shotokan karate and they also played a role in making him what he is today.

Only you are responsible-

In everyone’s lives, there will be negative and toxic people who will try to make us weak and worthless.

But becoming weak or getting strong completely lies in our own hands; it completely depends on how we deal with those situations.

So, recycle the negative things with the help of your efforts to yield positive outcomes in your life, as done by Bear Grylls.

Serving as a special force officer-

Bear Grylls joined the Territorial Army.
He served as a reservist with the 21 SAS Regiment until the year 1997.

Here, Bear Grylls received exhaustive training on carrying out special operations, desert and winter warfare and in combat, weapons, explosives, etc.

This training made Bear Grylls well-informed about almost all weapons; his favourite weapon is a small fixed blade knife survival knife, by name, Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife which he always carries with him.

He uses this knife in many of his TV shows.

The African mission which almost killed him-

Bear Grylls served as an army paratrooper in Africa, here an incident changed his life forever.
As Bear Grylls was a highly skilled special officer he was sent to Africa twice to carry out stealth operations and combat missions.

His first mission was successful but the second mission destroyed his career in the army.

The accident-

Bear Grylls and his colleagues were instructed to reach their mission points with the help of parachutes and they were initially transported by a plane.

Bear Grylls performed free fall parachuting from the plane, from an altitude of 16,000 feet.
But unfortunately, the canopy of his parachute got ripped off at that height.

As a result, Bear Grylls came spiraling down rapidly and then, he dashed onto the desert violently.
This fall broke three vertebrae in his back.
Fortunately, the rescue team found him and shifted him to the hospital at the appropriate time.

And after this, Bear Grylls spent next 18 months of his life covered in plasters and braces in a hospital in UK (United Kingdom).
The doctors opined that he could never walk in his life again.

Barring all these doubts, his childhood dream of climbing the Mount Everest intensified in his mind.

Accident can break his back but not his dreams-

Even after sustaining severe injuries, Bear Grylls did not lose hope and continued to dream about climbing Mount Everest.

After spending 18 months in the hospital, he still believed in his abilities and just after 18 months of this gruesome incident, he conquered the summit of the Mount Everest.

Nothing is impossible-

Bear Grylls proved that nothing is impossible with hard work and dedication as he climbed the one of the toughest mountains, Ama Dablam in Nepal in the year 1997 and this made him the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam.

And on 16 May 1998, he climbed the summit of Mount Everest.

The first episode of Man vs. Wild -

The first episode of the Man vs. Wild episode was The Rockies; it was aired on 10 March 2006.
And now, the Man vs. Wild television series has garnered billions of fans across the world.

With the help of this TV series, Bear Grylls teaches us how to survive in the wild and in emergency situations.
In these shows, he eats raw flesh, live snakes and insects.

Adventurous till date and fooling the death countless times-

Even now, he regularly plays with the dangers and he narrowly escaped death numerous times.           
In an episode in the forests of Vietnam, Bear Grylls accidentally cut his finger by a sharp bamboo.

In another incident, Bear Grylls was performing on the Canadian Rockies, the mountain range located in Canada.
In the middle of his act, the heavy camera equipment and sledge fell on him.

Although luck wasn’t on his side, the god was definitely on his side.
So, the heavy equipment which came in the direction to crack his skull and kill him on the spot narrowly missed his head and instead thundered on his left thigh.

Poor Bear Grylls was reduced to tears, but was very thankful to god to save his life that day.
And once in Australia, he even fought with a crocodile and eventually killed it.

Creating a world record-

Bear Grylls holds the world record for hosting the world’s highest dinner party in a hot-air balloon at whopping 25,000 feet height.

In the year 2005, Bear Grylls and his fellow adventurer, Lieutenant Commander Alan Veal performed this amazing feat.
They dined up in the sky on a dining table which was fixed onto a hot air balloon.

There, they consumed a three-course meal which included asparagus tips, duck an l’orange and fruit terrine.
They took around twenty minutes to complete their meal at a freezing -49 degrees Fahrenheit and dedicated this adventure to the royal queen Elizabeth and later they descended by performing sky diving.    

His philanthropic side-

In addition to being an adventurist, Bear Grylls is also a philanthropist; he donated his wealth to many non-profit organisations like The Prince’s Trust, The JoLt Trust, Global Angels, Hope and Homes for Children, SSAFA Forces Help, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, etc.

At the age of 35, he was appointed as the chief scout for The Scout Association.

The family of Bear Grylls -

In the year 2000, Bear Grylls married Shara Cannings Knight.
This couple is blessed with three boys namely, Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls, Jesse Grylls and Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls.

Three generations of adventurists-

We all know that that Bear Grylls and his father, Michael Grylls are adventure lovers.
But you will be surprised to know that even the children of Bear Grylls do not shy away from being adventurous.

One of his sons, Jesse Grylls saved the life of a girl when she accidentally fell into a stream.
This incident happened when Jesse Grylls was only seven years old.

The adventurous author-

Bear Grylls has also authored many great books like Mud, Sweat, and Tears, How to Stay Alive: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation, A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls Adventures, The Blizzard Challenge, Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mt Everest, Mission Survival 1: Gold of the Gods, To My Sons: Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life, The Sea Challenge, etc.

Mud, Sweat, and Tears book contains the autobiography of the Bear Grylls and it covers many interesting topics like motivation, survival techniques, adventures, etc.

His first book was Facing Up, this book stood as the top-10 best-selling books in the Britain and this same book was released in USA with the title, The Kid Who Climbed Everest.

About his TV shows-

You will be surprised to know that his first TV show was Escape to the legion and not Man vs. Wild as many believe.
The Escape to the legion TV shows was aired on the Channel four.

Only after this, he was appointed to perform for a new television format, which we now know as Man vs. Wild.
The Man vs. Wild television series was released on March 10, 2006.

Initially, this television series was named as Born Survivor: Bear Grylls and later its name was changed to Man vs. Wild.

Bear Grylls with Barack Obama-

In one episode, he even did trekking with Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States in the forests of Alaska.

During this trek, they discussed on various issues like on fighting the climate change, work-life balance, etc.

Bear Grylls with Narendra Modi -

In 2019, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, participated in a Man vs. Wild series along with the Bear Grylls.

The main purpose of this series is to spread awareness about animal conservation and environmental change.

This particular series has been shot at the Jim Corbett National Park, a wildlife sanctuary located in the Uttarakhand State of India.

Jim Corbett National Park is famous for flora and fauna like Bengal tigers, leopards, wild elephants, etc.

This interesting episode will be premiered in India by the Discovery channel on August 12 of 2019.
Let us salute this real life hero.

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