Adventurer Bear Grylls demystifies success

Bear Grylls holds a handful of roasted maggots on stage, as Chris Duggan looks on. - Photo: Michael Klein

Attendees at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit got a taste of the wild on Friday. In the case of adventurer Bear Grylls, this famously means eating things that are not ordinarily classified as food.

The host of the TV survival programmes ‘Man vs Wild’ and ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ praised the virtues of eating healthy protein as he presented volunteers and the audience with a bucket full of maggots.

Before the culinary finale to his keynote speech, Grylls had tempered his public image as a daring risk-taker. He shared the frequent failures and fears that accompanied and defined his career, such as failing the special forces SAS selection on his first attempt and the nerves he feels when talking to a room full of strangers or before every skydive. Grylls broke his back when his parachute failed to fully open in an accident that ended his time in the military.

“Nobody is brilliant or brave all of the time,” he said, adding that failures and fears are essential parts of success.

Grylls has co-founded BecomingX, an initiative that aims to create a world where everyone can realise their full potential. The charity, which launches next month, will feature interviews with people from all walks of life, including athletes and actors, who will speak about what made them successful.

The goal is to “demystify success”, Grylls said, by showing that people who are successful are also “normal people”.

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