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How to Survive

Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins

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Publisher's Summary

What is the connection between crawling through a jungle and your ‘to do’ list? What can ejecting out of a stealth bomber teach you about the importance of thinking the worst? What can surviving in extreme situations teach us about surviving everyday life?

John Hudson, chief survival instructor to the British military, knows what it takes to survive. Combining firsthand experience with 20 years of studying the choices people have made under the most extreme pressure, How to Survive is a lifetime’s worth of wisdom about how to apply the principles of survival to everyday life. The cornerstone of military survival (surviving anything) is understanding the relationship between effort, hope and goals - a mind-set that can be transposed anytime, anywhere. In How to Survive you will learn how this template for survival can be applied to any situation in your everyday life.

Through gripping firsthand accounts of near disaster and survival stories from across the extreme world, you will learn that by following these principles you can develop the mind-set that will allow you to make better decisions under pressure, which are as equally applicable to first dates and presentations as to climbing Everest and getting lost at sea.

©2019 John Hudson (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"When it comes to survival and getting out of trouble, listen to this man. John is the real deal." (Levison Wood)

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  • R. Wilson
  • 06-27-19

Mega!!

Amazing tales of survival and hardship in some of the most extreme environments as well as help, information, tips and pointers of how the knowledge gained in a survival situation can be used in managing our every day lives. I wouldn't categorise it as a self help book as such but it certainly has an element of that. Overall really well read. Sometimes when the authors choose to read the book instead of opting for a professional narrator it goes tits up and it's a struggle to listen to an otherwise brilliant book...not this time. John comes across well in this audiobook. would love him write a more biographical book. Think that would be Awesome.

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  • T Morton
  • 07-15-19

An outstanding book that has something for everyon

A book that can link Robinson Crusoe to office politics has got to be interesting and “How to Survive” by John Hudson is that and more. This book combines survival, adventure, psychology, practical life advice and even solves a mystery, all in one thoroughly enjoyable package. The pace and style are fantastic with subtle humour all the way through.

John Hudson takes peoples experiences of extreme survival (which in their own right are fascinating) and unpacks the key elements of what worked (or didn’t). These skills are then translated into bite sized ways we can use them in our everyday lives.

There is something for everyone here; whether it’s an interest in survival and the extremes of human endurance, a desire to know how our minds work or just seeking little hacks to make our daily lives easier. I can’t recommend “How to Survive” highly enough.

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  • MikeyD
  • 07-14-19

Without doubt life altering!

Gripping from start to finish and a true life changer. I need the next installment!!!

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  • Woodster
  • 07-12-19

Not your average survival book, true Life guidance

Thought provoking this book will really get you thinking about what actually is important, I for one will be implementing Johns thoughts into my day-to-day life. I was unable to put the book down, the incredible survival stories hook you in. Johns unique spin on the survivor psychology fitting it to modern day situations is absolute genius. You have to read this book....

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  • Clive Sherwood
  • 07-10-19

Details the psychological aspects

Loved this book - anecdote-then-dissection format to bring out the important points of survival mindset and attitude, how to strengthen them, and how to apply them to everyday life as well as extreme situations.
Great for the author to read it too, emphasising things the way he thought of them.
Listen to the book, then put the lessons into every aspect of your life.

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  • Matthew Cawley
  • 07-06-19

really easy to follow!

great use of Survival Skills put into everyday life! John is really good at getting you hooked and can't stop listening!

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  • ja de temple
  • 07-02-19

Great book

Really good book. Have seen John many times on TV nice to see he is finally branching out into books. Would like to see a survival book. Really knows his craft.