BY: Kuni Isaac
Bear Grylls popularly known for his popular Discovery Channel show Man vs. Wild, which ran from 2006 through 2011, made his fame using his survival skills to entertain the world as he gave us insights on how to survive the deadliest plains, climb the mountains and scout for food in the least subject being insects and peculiar items he got his hands on
Grylls never learnt his skills with the intent of ending up on a TV screen. He gained experience during his time in the British Army reserves which led to him becoming a survival instructor he also worked for some time in the north later turning onto something new after a parachuting accident.
He took on some other adventures instead, like climbing Mt. Everest, circumnavigating the British Isles on a jet ski, and crossing the North Atlantic Ocean in an inflatable boat. His endeavors eventually caught the attention of television executives. Nothing phases him, which makes him such a fascinating public figure. Since Man vs. Wild ended, though, his career hasn’t been getting as much buzz. Here’s what Bear Grylls has been up to.
Grylls has written a children’s book series titled Mission Survival centered on teenage hero Beck Granger and his search for the mythical City of Gold, which is rumored to be located deep in the jungles of Colombia. The series aims to educate kids on significant survival skills. Grylls includes little guides on everything from basics like tying knots ,navigating unfamiliar places using the sun. The Mission Survival books are fast paced, quick reads that are full of engaging twists and turns and suspenseful cliffhangers. Grylls definitely knows how to write for a teenage audience. Grylls’ novels centers on protagonist Will Jaeger, a former SAS soldier who gets tousled up in a old conflict that has been hauled out decades after the end of World War II.
He also took a path into thriller series to entertain and educate adult audiences, starting with his first novel, Ghost Flight, follows Jaeger and his crew as they avenge his friend’s death in the Amazon rainforest. And his second, Burning Angel, takes readers all over the planet as Jaeger is faced with more and more difficult obstacles. The Hunt rounds out the trilogy as Jaeger is put to the ultimate test: rescuing his wife, Ruth, from a group of kidnappers with a sinister motive. Grylls’ life is exciting enough, and all of his adventures have clearly sparked his imagination and inspired him to put these stories down on paper.
Nowadays, Grylls spend quite a lot of time focused on motivational speaking. He travels the world speaking at schools, churches, and business conferences. He also speaks with many Boy Scout groups — as a dedicated Scout himself, he wants to inspire other young boys to get outside and master valuable survival skills.
Motivational gurus can rub people the wrong way, but Grylls has done it all and lived to tell the tale, so his words carry a little more weight than your average inspirational speaker. His presentations are far from typical. Have you ever witnessed a speaker who ate live maggots on stage? Probably not, but that’s Bear Grylls for you. He stays very upbeat and energetic whenever he is in front of a crowd, and when it comes to hyping up his audience, he learned from the best. “I learned one critical lesson from Steve Irwin,” he told Outside Magazine, “which is that people love enthusiasm.”
Grylls isn’t just a survivalist and a TV star — he’s also a family man. He and his wife, Shara Cannings Knight, have three sons, Jesse, Marmaduke, and Huckleberry, and they are more important to him than any media project. He believes that exposing his sons to risk is crucial, and he wants to be very involved with their upbringing. Grylls will be the first to admit that fatherhood is an adventure like no other. He also believes that leading by example is key, but he doesn’t want his sons to simply watch him live an exciting life from afar — he wants to be there for them as they grow up and help them learn to navigate challenging situations.
When it comes to his overall parenting philosophy, Grylls sticks to some common sense guidelines. “I try to tell them to go for things, to have dreams and to embrace failure as a way to where you want to get to,” Grylls told Fatherly. “To be kind and courageous and to never give up.”
Today, Grylls runs the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in addition to his many other projects, and he’s super passionate about it. Participants who enroll in the academy go through a survival course that will challenge them and push them to their limits (with help and monitoring from trained staff, of course). There’s the 24-hour course, the family course, the adult course, and more. The ultimate test at the Academy? The Survival in the Highlands course, in which participants have to prove that they can hack it in the Scottish highlands.
So here we have it grylls might not have been on screen for a long time but he’s set himslf to travel round the world, educating the young, old and able with the needed survival skills to keep them out of serious struggle, he has traveled to all kinds of rough environments over the course of his career. Grylls had proven countless time that no terrain is too extreme for him not the mountains in Antarctica, nor the Moab Desert and Rocky Mountains, this is what he hopes to teach.
“They like to see me up to my neck in the bad stuff, but I’ve learned to like the gentler ones,” stated. He pointed out that being in the jungle presented a serious struggle, noting that “the jungle is always hard because of the unseen dangers.” It was only natural that over time, Grylls would gravitate towards shooting in regions where he really wanted to be, even if it left his viewers feeling a little disappointed.
However, Grylls doesn’t seem to mind his fame, because one of his major objectives has always been to encourage others to escape from civilization every once in a while and get in touch with their roots. Without having such a large platform, he wouldn’t be able reach so many people–and he thinks that his message is desperately needed right now
Although Grylls spends a good chunk of his time in front of the camera, he is a very private person overall. He’s also not a huge fan of giving interviews, which is a big reason that you might feel like you don’t hear from him as often these days. He’s a reluctant sort of celebrity, who probably sometimes feels like he just stumbled into the spotlight.
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