“If you can't get a miracle, become one.” -Nicholas “Nick” Vujicic
Nicholas “Nick” Vujicic is an Australian evangelist, as well as motivational speaker. Unlike other motivational speakers, however, he has no limbs at all, though he does have feet with less than the usual number of toes.
Nick’s story tells us a lot about what it means to find opportunities for yourself, rather than waiting for them to come to you. He could have done so much less if he allowed the dictates of society to control his actions. He certainly never would have had the level of success he did end up having. But because he found his own path and proactively searched for his own opportunities, he ultimately succeeded.
Born in 1982, Vujicic had no limbs whatsoever. His parents were worried and stressed by the limbless condition of their firstborn, but eventually they got their heads in the game and showered him with love, strength, and courage.
Owing to the complexities of Australian law, Vujicic wasn't allowed to attend a mainstream school. However, his mother fought for him, and the law was eventually changed, thanks to her efforts. He was one of the first disabled students in the country to be integrated into a mainstream school. On account of his disabilities, he had trouble bonding with his classmates, and other students bullied him. When he was ten, he was so depressed that he wanted to drown himself—but fortunately, he didn't succeed, since he stopped himself before he had done anything, thinking about how much his parents loved him.
However—in part thanks to his parents’ help—he started developing a brave attitude. Eventually, he started making friends, though he still suffered from problems relating to self-esteem and loneliness, and he was still the target of bullying.
At the age of fifteen, Vujicic decided to devote his life to God. When Vujicic was seventeen, he began giving speeches about his condition. Although he initially started giving these in the context of his church group, he eventually spread out. Now, he addresses every group of people. He has spoken at churches all over the world, and has been to more than fifty countries as part of his career.
He went to Runcorn State High School in Queensland, and was even Head Boy. After secondary school, he earned himself a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Financial Planning and Accounting, from Griffith University.
He has founded Life Without Limbs, an non-governmental Christian organization. He has also released the inspirational movies Life's Greater Purpose and Biography of a Determined Man of Faith. He has also acted in The Butterfly Circus, a short film, which earned three film awards. In 2008, he gave an interview on the American interview series 20/20. Two years later, his book, Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, was published by Random House. He even spoke at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
In sum, Vujicic’s story teaches us about the importance of being proactive and taking your life into your own hands. He could simply have sat back and let himself be controlled by society and its desires, but he didn't. Instead, he decided what he wanted, worked hard to get it—ignoring all the naysayers in the process—and then taught others how to do the same. As the story shows us, being proactive is one of the best things you can do in life.
Affirmation for today:
I act courageously even when I don’t feel courageous.