“The challenges in our lives are there to strengthen our convictions. They are not there to run us over.”
When you hear Nick Vujicic saying things about overcoming challenging situations and winning over negative attitudes, you should know one thing: he is not lying to you!
Born with no arms and no legs due to a rare condition called Tetra-amelia syndrome, he knows better than anyone else how life can be a struggle. He passed different stages in his life: from depression and feeling powerless in his childhood when he even committed several unsuccessful attempts to end his life to becoming a coach who motivates audiences of thousands of people as well as a proud father of 4 kids. How does this Genius manage to make his words resonate globally? Let’s see….
Nick Vujicic was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia in the family of a pastor and a nurse. It was a shock for his parents to learn that their child was born without limbs since his mother’s work was delivering babies and she led a perfectly healthy life. The doctors never noticed any abnormality during the ultrasound scans and told the expecting mother only about the baby’s gender. So when she saw her new-born son, she was heartbroken and refused to take him at the beginning and asked the doctor to take him away.
“Pain is pain. Broken is broken. Fear is the biggest disability of all. And it will paralyze you more than being in a wheelchair”.
Although with the arrival of Nick his family was not sure whether he will ever be able to support himself, to live independently or get married, over the course of time he was able to prove his goal-driven nature to everyone. As a man with no arms and no legs, mainly torso, he mastered his tiny foot to help him balance and play football and golf. He can swim as well as perform such daily tasks as typing or writing with a pen. During his trip to Hawaii, he learnt to surf under the guidance of the professional surfer Bethany Hamilton who had her arm bitten off by a shark. Also, a special place among his hobbies is dedicated to skateboarding.
Although later in life he was happy with his parents’ decision to enroll him in a regular school, at the beginning he had to confront a lot of bullying and teasing from kids. Kids are brutal to each other and they would call him names and he had no limbs to defend himself. It was a painful experience for him. The only thing that a kid wants at school is to fit in but it was not possible for Nick Vujicic. This experience caused depression and self-esteem issues, he was suffering from pain and was constantly asking himself the same question “why me?”.
The beginning of mental healing started for Nick with an unhappy incident. At the age of 13, he hurt his small foot and that is indeed when he felt that he was paralysed. He spent weeks attached to his bed unable to type, write or swim. This experience made him realize that he has to be more thankful for what he can do and less focused on his disabilities. That was his big achievement to stop feeling sorry for himself and to accept his life the way it is. And this led to another amazing journey: Nick sealed his faith in God and this belief opened for him a completely new and interesting world.
Speaking to many students and learning about their struggles, insecurity and problems made Nick aware that he is not the only one struggling in this world: life is not easy for anyone! It was a revelation to him and he made his decision to enter the university no matter how hard it might be for him to finish it. So after school, he went on to earn a double Bachelor’s degree in Financial Planning and Real Estate. Getting the grips of business planning and finance helped him go across 44 countries and speak to more than 2000 times to people of various ages, cultures and backgrounds.
“If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?”
According to Nick Vujicic, everyone arrives in this world for a purpose: God does not make mistakes!
Nick Vujcic’s name became a real brand when he published his book called “Life without Limbs” where he shares his attitudes, ideas and life hacks to have a “ridiculously good life”! His successful example of finding a positive experience in everything he has to confront on a daily basis won him the Australian Young Citizen of the Year award for his bravery and perseverance. He has become one of the highest paid motivational speakers in the world gathering audiences of up to 110,000 people!
The year 2008 brought a very important person in Nick Vujicic’s life: he met his beautiful wife Kanae and found his personal happiness. They moved to California and started a big family – they have 4 healthy kids now!
They both like seeing people changed for the better and that is why Nick is open about his story!
He does not pretend his life is easy with no arms and no legs, but the most important is that it is filled with joy, love, purpose and faith in God. He is surrounded by people who love him and he knows that his work is important for others.
“If you can’t get a miracle, become one!”.
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