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GLS Special Edition – Business Speaker Spotlight – Bear Grylls


Bear Grylls

We are excited to announce the famed adventurer, television host, author and philanthropist Bear Grylls is part of our GLS Special Edition Business. He will share lessons learned from his adventures, including the importance of courage, kindness and not giving up.

Here is some background to Bear’s learning in life, which we hope will inspire you to come and join us to hear more from Bear and other world-class speakers on Thursday 20 May at the GLS Business Special Edition

Here Bear shares his simple survival hack for everyday life


As a celebrity survival expert, Bear Grylls has done everything from eating maggots in the Alps to sleeping inside a deer carcass in the Scottish Highlands. But whether you’re stranded on a deserted island or just trying to survive a crappy day at work, Grylls has a “clear, simple mantra” that he says can help you power through adversity.

“My mantra has always been: Never Give Up.”

Grylls is a former member of the British army’s special forces (similar to the U.S. Navy SEALs) who later went on to international fame as a survival expert and instructor who has spent more than a decade hosting reality TV shows such as Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild.

He says that a positive attitude is essential to survive any adverse situation, no matter the severity.

“I think one of the best things for surviving, not only in the jungle but also in everyday life is just, in the morning, choosing your attitude.”

“So often, you’ve woken up and you’re cold, you’re beaten up, and you’re thirsty, and you’re hungry, and you’re tired and you don’t feel like attacking the rest of that mountain or that jungle,” Grylls says, adding that it takes “total commitment” to move forward in a difficult situation.

Grylls should know. Not only has he survived many nights in the wild, but he once swam naked across an icy Siberian river, and he had to work back to health after a gruesome injury left him with a broken back.

“If I had to pick one survival skill to follow me through life and through these expeditions and adventures, it’s that dogged determination, that tenacity, that ‘never say die’ attitude,” he says. “Whatever’s being thrown at you, [you’re] going to keep moving.”

“It’s helped me many times and maybe in some small way can help you,” he says.

“That fire inside is something we all have, but it gets covered over by the fluff of life,” Grylls says. “But it’s there and you’ve got to learn to trust it. And, at the heart of it, it’s about tenacity, never giving up.”

To join us at the GLS Special Edition–Business and hear more from Bear, Amy Edmondson, Craig Groeschel and Jo Saxton, find out more here