"The difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary is so often just simply that little word - extra. And for me, I had always grown up with the belief that if someone succeeds it is because they are brilliant or talented or just better than me... and the more of these words I heard the smaller I always felt! But the truth is often very different... and for me to learn that ordinary me can achieve something extra-ordinary by giving that little bit extra, when everyone else gives up, meant the world to me and I really clung to it..."
Bear Grylls is perhaps best known for climbing the unclimbable, achieving the unachievable, and eating the inedible but his book Mud, Sweat and Tears reveals there is far more to him than this.
Sure, he has drunk his own urine, but this autobiography gives readers an insight into who he really is, what he strives for, the obstacles he has had to overcome - all whilst, surprisingly, being quite a normal guy.
I have always been fascinated by adventure; long lost treasure, sunken ships and the like - from the comfort of my imagination of course. So when I started following Bear Grylls on Twitter, I realised that perhaps he was living the life I had always read about in stories.
Mud, Sweat and Tears is an extremely easy read; it's full of interesting stories, adventure, overcoming adversity, and it's told this way with heart.
Bear tells his story of growing up and the barriers he had to overcome to join the SAS and climb Mount Everest in a refreshingly honest, entertaining way.
For Christians and non-Christians alike, Bear explains his faith in an honest, uplifting and truthful manner. He makes no excuses for who he is and what he believes in and that seems to make him stronger.
The stories are entertaining, often outright funny, and will leave you with a greater understanding of the man who went to Eton, travelled around Europe and slept in a bell tower and who, as cliché as it sounds, has followed his dreams and is more humble than I expected.
For the fans of Man vs. Wild, Bear bares all (see what I did there - clears throat awkwardly), and addresses the issues and controversy around the show.
If you're looking for an easy read full of life, love and quite a bit of sweat, this book is for you.
Bear Grylls, a true family man and someone worth reading about.