Book Category: Leadership, Motivational,

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

Author: Bear Grylls
Life Changing Principles
Quality of Writing
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pros: Very positive, extremely motivational, great tips
cons: Needed more specific takeaways
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QUICK SUMMARY: Bear Grylls’ A Survival Guide for Life: How to Achieve Your Goals, Thrive in Adversity, and Grow in Character
is one of our favorites. It is written by one of our heroes so we have nothing bad to say about this book.


1. Take the first step.

2. Enthusiasm adds the extra 5% sparkle to everything we do.

3. Success almost always follows great attitude.

4. Ask “Why not?” instead of “Why?”

5. Success requires sacrifice. Get used to it.

6. Pain is transitory; pride endures forever Fail, fail, and fail again.

7. Life should be about growth, not trophies.

8. To receive, you must give.

9. A bad decision is better than no decision.

10. Trust your instinct.

11. The best quality is kindness.

12. Money is like a river, and rivers need to flow or they die.

13. Colonel Sanders was rejected 1,009 times IAO – improvise, adapt, and overcome.

14. Change the way you use your time, and you change your life.

15. If you risk nothing, you gain nothing.

16. You have two ears and one mouth; use them in that proportion.

17. Remember: the process of giving will always benefit you more than the extra funds themselves ever can.

18. So build for eternity, not for the temporary – and always give with this in mind.

19. JKG – just keep going.

20. Being thankful always makes you feel better.


1. Purchase and read Rhinoceros Success : the Secret to Charging Full Speed Toward Every Opportunity.

2. Spend a few nights outdoors without technology.

3. Don’t use the word “try.”

4. Replace the word “problem” with “challenge,” or “endeavour.”


All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. – T.E. Lawrence

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

Life rewards the dogged, no the qualified.

Don’t worry about anything that’s outside your sphere of influence. – Mick Crosthwaite

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, . . . who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

How you speak about others speaks loudest about yourself.

The thing about kindness is that it costs the giver very little but can mean the world to the receiver.

Is your ego small enough, and your backbone strong enough, to raise others up high on your shoulders?

There’s only one place where success comes before work, and that’s in the dictionary. Everywhere else in life, you do not get success without first working hard.

It’s your attitude that determines your altitude, not your past.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

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