Just finished reading “Mud, Sweat and Tears” by Bear Grylls. Everything comes with a cost, and he payed with lots of mud and sweat. I believe most of the tears were dropped by happiness. I liked it.
It starts really slow and dull, about his roots, from the ancestors (great grandfathers and so) to parents and sister. All the people that were influential through childhood to manhood… i understand that he wants to give a good background about himself, but it’s rather too much of it, as one actions are much more important that one background.
Anyway down the line it starts to pay off, from the SAS training (the failed first attempt to the successful second go), the parachute accident, his faith and recovery, and of course it climaxes with the climb to the summit of Everest.
It’s an inspirational book, lots and lots of details (the summit ascend alone is around 200 pages) and funny stories. It has a simple life pattern: do what you want/love, work hard, give that extra to the ordinary, take risks, and with a bit of luck it all comes together.