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Professional Adventurer Bear Grylls Explains His One Trick To Conquering Fear
Bear Grylls has done some pretty gnarly stuff in his lifetime, stuff that even the most hardened men around the world probably wouldn’t want to consider. He’s tackled resistance-to-interrogation (R2I) training during his bid to join the U.K.’s elite SAS special forces, survived a near-fatal parachuting accident in Africa that left him terrified to engage in skydiving again, and braved the most hellish landscapes on the planet, from the crashing waves of the North Atlantic to the summit of Mt. Everest.
So how does Grylls — a professional adventurer and avatar of human endurance for millions of viewers around the world, thanks to his beloved series Man vs. Wild — conquer his fears before he embarks on his next attempt to conquer Mother Nature? Simple, he says: Don’t think, just do.
"I've learned that the best way over our fears is right bang through the middle,” Grylls told attendees at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, according to the BBC. “It really is. The only way you don't see the fear is when you're right on it.”
Like the hundreds of survival skills he’s picked up in his decades traveling the world, Grylls’ ability to overcome fear and self-doubt came with time, he says — and it’s that constant struggle to conquer near-impossible obstacles that made him the man he is today.
"I wasn't very good at school — and I struggled a lot with confidence," he said of his early years. “[But] the great people I know in life often struggled at school, because it was the struggle that developed their strength."
In order to succeed, Grylls first had to accept the possibility of failure — especially in situations where his own life hung in the balance. From the BBC:
When he talks about the last exhausting phase of climbing Everest, he describes coming across the body of another climber he had known, Rob Hall, who had died on the mountain two years before.
"I remember just sitting next to Rob, still perfectly there, his hair blowing, as if I could nudge him and he'd stand up and be fine … I desperately needed something to give me strength - and he is such a hero of mine. I just remember this panic filling me - there are a lot of bodies on the mountain, but this was different - we were so close, but now so far away."
He pushed on and became one of the youngest climbers to get to the summit of Everest. And he says he brought back some snow from the summit and kept it as a liquid symbol of conquering his self-doubt.
With a mentality like that, is there anything that international wildman Grylls actually does fear? Just dealing with the hell that is other people, it seems. “I'm really bad at cocktail parties with lots of people I don't know,” he said. “I really genuinely am."
Top Navy official calls out government lawyers for spying on legal team of Navy SEAL accused of war crimes
In a scathing letter, a top Navy legal official on Sunday expressed "grave ethical concerns" over revelations that government prosecutors used tracking software in emails to defense lawyers in ongoing cases involving two Navy SEALs in San Diego.
The letter, written by David G. Wilson, Chief of Staff of the Navy's Defense Service Offices, requested a response by Tuesday from the Chief of the Navy's regional law offices detailing exactly what type of software was used and what it could do, who authorized it, and what controls were put in place to limit its spread on government networks.
"As our clients learn about these extraordinary events in the media, we are left unarmed with any facts to answer their understandable concerns about our ability to secure the information they must trust us to maintain. This situation has become untenable," Wilson wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Task & Purpose on Monday.
The Navy is changing its pilot call sign approval process after African-American aviators complained of racist designations
The head of naval aviation has directed the creation of a new process for approving and reviewing pilots' call signs after two African-American aviators at an F/A-18 Hornet training squadron in Virginia filed complaints alleging racial bias in the unit, from which they said they were unfairly dismissed.
In a formal endorsement letter signed May 13, Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of Naval Air Forces, said he found the two aviators, a Navy lieutenant and a Marine Corps captain, were correctly removed from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 out of Naval Air Station Oceana due to "substandard performance," despite errors and inconsistencies discovered in the grading and ranking process.
However, Miller said he did find inappropriate conduct by instructor pilots who did not treat the pilots-in-training "with appropriate dignity and respect," using discriminatory call signs and having inappropriate and unprofessional discussions about them on social media.
Those really sweet, hand-held drones that the Army bought in January were finally put to the test as they were fielded to some lucky soldiers for the first time at the beginning of May.
A soldier convicted of murdering an Afghan civilian just left Leavenworth after 8 years — with hope for a Trump pardon
A U.S. Army National Guardsman convicted of murder in the 2010 fatal shooting of an Afghan man was released Monday morning from a military prison at Fort Leavenworth.
As a white van carried Sgt. Derrick Miller to a parking lot at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, the guardsman's mother, Renee Myers, held an American flag and excitedly said: "Ah, my baby."
"Hey, mom," Miller said as he stepped out of the van after eight years in military prison. He rubbed her back as the two embraced.
Miller's release comes as President Donald Trump is said to be considering pardons for several military members accused or convicted of war crimes, The New York Times reported Saturday.