I just finished up a bunch of Bear Grylls Live shows in Australia. It was a blast and a little nerve wracking as I played guitar and sung in front of several thousands of people for the first time, but everyone’s response was so supportive. I am also gearing up for another new big TV series with Discovery which I’m not allowed to talk about yet as it is under wraps, but it is going to be wild – big time!
What is the best thing about your job? And the worst?
I feel super lucky to have a job that is what I always dreamt of when I was a boy – basically getting muddy and climbing trees! The real joy is to use that privilege to encourage young people worldwide to be able to follow their dreams in return. The hardest thing about my job isn’t the snake bites or the crocodiles, it’s being away from my family. I have a satellite phone call every day back to my wife and the boys, wherever we are, whatever time zone, to say goodnight. That’s a really important part of my day. In fact, it’s the best part.
You had a very serious accident 15 years ago that nearly left you paralysed. Did it increase your sense of adventure knowing that you had been given a second chance?
It gave me an awareness that we only get one shot at life and you’ve got to live it boldly. Life is so precious and when you come so close to dying it makes you realise that every day is a gift to be lived. Every day I am grateful and thank God, then I get out there and throw myself into these adventures 120 per cent. It’s not rocket science! Continue reading