Surviving in the wild takes a great deal of strength. Often faced with frozen tundra, sweltering deserts, humid jungles, perilous mountains and fast-flowing rivers, Megan Hine is no stranger to perilous conditions. Whilst leading expeditions and bushcraft survival courses, and in her work on television shows such as Bear Gryll's Mission Survive and Running Wild, she has explored the corners of the globe in pursuit of adventure.
Faced with the toughest of conditions - bad weather, lack of food and being in the presence of predators - is the ultimate test of character, and often the biggest challenge to overcome is in the head. In these situations the human brain is simultaneously the greatest asset and biggest liability. Not everyone is suited to the great outdoors, and when danger calls many aren't as well equipped to survive; no amount of top-of-the-range kit will save you if you don't have the right frame of mind.
Here Megan Hine examines the human ability and instinct for survival, showing us how others have developed the attitudes and attributes to thrive in the most dangerous situations and how those same attitudes and attributes help them confront problems and obstacles at work and at home. Being chased through the jungle by armed opium farm guards, abseiling past bears and lighting fires with tampons - Megan has seen and done it all. In Mind of a Survivor, she takes you along for a series of life-and-death adventures and shows you what happens to people when they are pushed to their limits. Inspirational rather than instructional, Mind of a Survivor examines the human ability and instinct for survival, sharing the life tools that Megan uses and showing how they can as easily be applied to more domestic everyday life - from careers to relationships, from overcoming adversity to decision making.
Filled with Megan's own experiences, Mind of a Survivor is packed full of adventure and can help people survive in any situation and cope with whatever life throws at them.
Although there is little science in this book, more a collection of Megan's stories feom her short life. but she's already experienced more than most of us will in 100 years and her writing is very thought provoking. amazing book and well worth a read.
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This is a fairly honest look at survival in outdoor pursuits, mostly in very remote terrain. There is a bias towards providing safety for tv film crews whilst filming survival 'gameshows', as this seems to be a big part of Megan's working life, along with leading/instructing. The tv crew stories ('get that footage at almost any cost' is the attitude) left me with an even less favourable view of this kind of tv than before, I'm afraid,though the stories of near-death situations are pretty gripping. As a hill walker for 45 years, I could relate easily to much of her experience in the mountains; even so, some of her stories made me stand still (I listened whilst out walking in the wilds) and utter things out loud like 'WHAT ?' and 'Nooooooooo, surely not ?' Truly fantastic descriptions of unbelievable (for most of us) events where death was only just avoided, and in two or three stories, death could have been avoided had the casualties taken different actions; and all read in a calm, collected way, with Megan's view of how things could have been done differently. I didn't think I'd enjoy this book, there's so much man-based stuff written about 'survival', and speaking as a man, this is an alternative and very enjoyable view of the subject. Being read in the first person, with frank and honest language/descriptions of events, made the book more engaging I think. The story about a woman getting lost on the Appalachian Trail after going for a pee in the bushes will stay with me for a while yet...
I wish this book had been available 20 years ago! Megan offers techniques that can be applied in any survival scenario. For many years I was in a work environment where my self worth was undermined but I became so stuck that I then could not recognise just how bad it was and I couldn't muster the courage to leave. I lacked survival skills!
I found Megan an inspiration. A woman breaking barriers into a male dominated world, done with self belief and confidence that is rock solid. A huge compliment to her forward thinking parents who allowed and encouraged her to follow her desires and drivers and didn't impose on her the traditional expectations of what girls should do / be.
Excellent book for women and men alike
This book has a very different perspective on survival looking more at the psychological elements as opposed to the techniques. Using Megan’s own experiences and other’s, this book touches on team dynamic, human nature and touches on how these behaviours are around us in business and everyday life. A good story overall and hope to see some of the aspirations she mentions come to fruition in future TV shows.
Really loved this book. Megan provides her readers/listeners with some thought provoking ideas and concepts. Working in the outdoor industry I esspecially liked how Megan spoke about how the film industry and the demands of show viewers shape views and ultimately exoectations about the industry. I also enjoyed that as a reader I was not inundated with statistics but rather a series of experiences by one woman.
Amazing, excellent. I loved it that Megan was the reader. She inspires you to pay more attention to your everyday surroundings and how to stay calm in a crisis. Absolutely loved this book. The stories had me on edge wanting to know the next words and how the stories would unfold, she put me right into the setting with every story and lesson. I could fell myself running alongside her though the jungle being chased by poppy growers, or sitting by the fire watching the lions circle! All while taking her lessons on board and calming the innate fear and adrenaline rush!
A very inspiring book with great thought provoking ideas to. use in the future. Thanks
An incredibly interesting and inspirational book on many levels: you can apply it to daily life, as much as you can serious adventures ...
Thank you for your honest book - it made such a difference you read it too. I learnt valuable life & survival lessons ... & have noted your insightful quotes to share on leadership workshops. You truly are a credit to what it means to be a decent human being ... thank you
I was a touch sceptical as to whether I'd enjoy this as the author reads it herself and as she's not a professional performer it's obvious, but i quickly really warmed to her a lot. Her observations and musings are very interesting, and her experiences are fascinating. As I'm a woman who has worked for years in a "man's job" and also a travel and outdoor amateur enthusiast, i found her topics very engaging. I also learnt an awful lot! My husband kept hanging around every time this book was playing unable to tear himself away, which meant i got a lot more assistance with the dishes than usual! 😁 so i guess he gives it the thumbs up too.