Nick Vujicic was born without any arms or legs due to a rare disorder called tetra-amelia. His parents worried for their son and how he would make his way through life. Nick would forever be unable to hug people, hold someone’s hand, dance, walk, run, or even touch. Initially, his parents were devastated, but Nick was otherwise healthy.
Due to his disability and laws where he grew up in Australia, he was not allowed to enter mainstream school until later, becoming one of the first disabled children to be integrated into the program. He learned to write using the two toes on his left foot. During his school years, Nick had to deal with plenty of bullying, depression, and internal questions as to why he was so different. He felt alone and often wondered what his purpose was in life, or if there was any purpose at all. When he was 8 years old he started contemplating suicide. He begged God to grow arms and legs, but over time Nick learned that his accomplishments were inspirational to many, and he began thanking God for being alive.
Since then he learned how to type on a computer, throw tennis balls, play drum pedals, comb his hair, answer the phone, shave, and get himself a glass of water through the use of a small foot attached to his hip. His foot allows him to balance, type, kick, play football, golf, swim, surf, and pretty much everything he needs for mobility. He loves overcoming the challenges for inventing new methods to overcome his disability. He refers to his two toes as his “chicken drumstick.” Nick always likes making people feel good with humor, and he’s not afraid to laugh at himself.
After school, Nick obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Financial Planning. He then started practicing motivational speaking which was his dream to be able to encourage other people in a religious and moving way. “I found the purpose of my existence, and also the purpose of my circumstance. There’s a purpose for why you’re in the fire.” Nick believes that there is a reason in every struggle we encounter, and that our attitude along with our faith can be the keys to overcoming the challenges we face.
Nick states that a major turning point in his life was when his mother showed him a newspaper article about a man with severe disabilities and how he dealt with it. This led him to realize that he wasn’t the only one with major struggles.
Nick has done so much more than overcome his disability. At the young age of 27, Nick is the president of a non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs, and he has his own motivational speaking company, Attitude is Altitude. Nick started his first company when he was 17 and started speaking at the age of 19. He has since traveled around the world speaking to millions of people, giving them inspiration, courage, and the hope he’s always dreamed of. “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!”
To learn more about Nick Vujicic, visit Nick’s site attitudeisaltitude.com and watch the videos below:
Nick’s Funny Side:
A Day in the Life of Nick:
Have you ever thought about seeing yourself in the mirror and realizing that there are no arms on you? Or have you had to face the fact that you can’t walk because you have no legs? And what would you do if you didn't have either arms or legs? Will you still praise God for being who you are? If you wondering about what kind of hero that I’m going to tell you about, be prepared, because you’ll be amazed.
Nick was born in Melbourne, Australia, on December 4, 1982. His birth was a big shock for every single person of his family. He had no limbs: no legs and no arms. The doctors couldn’t find any reason why that happened. Nick’s dad was a priest. People who he led in church were very sad. They gave sympathy to Nick’s dad and helped strengthen him. But they started to ask themselves, if God is love potion, why did he allow this kind of thing to happen to obedient people like Nick’s parents? At first, Nick’s dad thought that his little baby wouldn’t have a long life. But Nick proved them all wrong. Although he wasn’t like most babies, he was a very healthy baby. This fact made people worry about Nick’s future. When Nick began his study at school, he always tried to live like other kids, though at first he had to face refusals and mockeries from them. Unlimited love and prayers from his parents made Nick strong and then he could pass hard times. Slowly, his friends accepted Nick the way he was. God sent him new friends to accompany him. From his dad, Nick learned that God always loves and takes care of every single person. But his child’s mind asked about the truth of that theory. He realized that among all of his friends, he looked so weird, and he was frustrated. He felt that he was unworthy, and he would always be a trouble for people around him. He fell into a deep depression and finally, he believed that the best solution was to leave this world as soon as he could. Nick wanted to end his suffering and die young. God will never let his son be alone. Nick’s family, relatives, and friends supported him and prayed for him night and day. At last, they won the battle in Nick’s mind. God made Nick realize he needed to surrender his life, his happiness and sorrows only to Him.
Nick grew up in God’s love. He was a very clever student and he did well in all his subjects at school. When he was 21 years old, he had already done his study at the university and got his degree in economics. Nick didn’t start his carrier in the business field because God had a plan so big and much more useful for him.
Suddenly, a unique talent appeared from Nick, a gift from God that had never been realized by his family and Nick himself before. His attitude, behaviour, and his words could easily influence people, turn on the spirit, and rise people’s self-confidence. Realizing a very wonderful gift God gave him, Nick joined a study in the United States to be a “motivational speaker.” He finished it fast with an outstanding result. Because of emotional struggles that he had been through related to discrimination cases, loneliness, refusals from friends, which almost destroyed his image about himself and caused his loss of his self respect, God planted in his heart a desire to help and bless other people who are struggling to love themselves.
Using his experiences as the main topic, he wanted to teach his listeners to let God’s power work in their lives, so that His plans can be done, and not let other powers do it. Nick wanted to be an inspiration for other people so that they could live happily and not let life’s challenges block their hopes and dreams.
Beside giving services and preaching in churches, he also reaches the youth generation in elementary schools, junior and senior high schools all over Australia as a guest speaker to build self-confidence in his listeners. His services in schools successfully decrease suicide cases that frequently happened among the youth in Australia. Nick often will be asked by big factories to be a guest speaker in order to increase their production levels and build employee self-confidence.
Nick’s dream to be a successful author is almost be a reality. His first book titled “No Arms, No Legs, No Worries,” is in final editing now, and will be published soon. Nick said that his life has been extremely changed since he realized that beneath all of the suffering that he had to deal with, he has a beautiful future in God.
A song titled “In Christ Alone” has been made especially for Nick Vujicic. This wonderful song is written by Newboys, a famous band from Newcastle, Australia.
Although Nick had been saved by God’s love, he still had one thing in mind. He felt sad that he would never have a chance to hug his wife and their children in the future. He has no arms to do that. But Nick praises God that he has a little piece of left leg that doesn’t grow completely. This imperfect leg is so helpful when Nick wants to write on the paper with his pen, or when he has to lift up the telephone and make a call. He can even use his leg thumb to tick on the computer’s keyboard. His little left leg is very helpful to stand up and walk using his hips.
Nick is an inspiration for many people, including me. He has proved that old statement, which said “Every single person that God made is completed with talents,” is not just a theory. He has loved himself and worked his talent to the maximum. Nick Vujicic is a blessing.
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