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#91: Ollie Ollerton - How To Become ‘Battle Ready’

Matthew 'Ollie' Ollerton is a former Special Forces soldier and a member of the Directing Staff on Channel 4's hit show SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Ollie's military career began at the age of 18 when he joined the Royal Marine Commandos and toured operationally in Northern Ireland and in Iraq for Operation Desert Storm. He subsequently spent six years in the Special Boat Service rising to team leader, before working in Iraq as a private security contractor and carrying out charity work in South-East Asia.

Ex-Special Forces soldier Ollie Ollerton knows more than his fair share about keeping going. As a recruit he survived the infamously tough SAS selection process on a busted ankle with the Directing Staff pleading with him to give up. But it's in Ollie's personal life that he really had to dig deep. At his lowest he was battling a failed relationship, substance abuse, depression and a pronounced death wish.

After leaving the services Ollie found himself at a loss. Feeling worthless, lacking purpose, he turned to drink to numb the pain. Looking for a way out, Ollie made a discovery. Often in life we find ourselves looking for an external fix - drink, drugs, other people's agenda. But the truth is the solution is not out there, it's inside. In Battle Ready Ollie teaches you how to access this potential, find your inner strength and transform your life.

From finding your purpose to visualising your outcome, to putting in a process to break bad habits and create positive new routines, Ollie's 12-step plan shows you how to make positive progress and recover when things go wrong. By following his plan, you can realise your full potential, find your happiness, and become battle ready.

‘Special Forces soldiers aren’t supermen. We’re just ordinary people, with the same frailties and vulnerabilities as everyone else. But ordinary people can achieve the extraordinary.’

Ollie Ollerton

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