Nick Vujicic is a Christian evangelist who was borne with an extremely rare disorder that is called phocomelia. With this condition, a person is born without arms and legs. Nick is also a motivational speaker who is an inspiration for those who think that they can't accomplish great things in their life.
If you have not yet heard of him, then there are some very good reasons why you may want to find out more about this amazing human being who is on a mission to uplift anyone who will listen to the message he has for them.
Here are 20 things you didn't know about Nick Vujicic.
1. He's an Australian with a fighting spirit
Nick Vujicic was born in 1983 in Melbourne, Australia. His parents are immigrants from Yugoslavia or Serbian descent. Their names are Borislav and Dusanka Vujicic. His parents overcame the adversity of their environment by immigrating to a new country to begin a brand new life. Nick shows the same fighting spirit as his mother and father did.
2. His mom rejected him as a baby
When Nick Vujicic was first born, his medical condition was a total shock to his parents. His mother took the news very hard. It took her a while to come to grips with the situation. She even refused to look at the baby or to hold him right after his birth. After she had enough time to recover from the initial shock of his lack of arms and legs, both she and his father accepted the reality of the situation and they accepted it and held the belief that God had a plan for their son, and this was just a part of it.
3. Nick's parents were nothing short of amazing
After recovering from the trauma of their child's disabling condition, the Vujicics did what most good parents do. They raised their son and gave him the best childhood possible. Nick has even confirmed that he had a normal childhood, which is no small feat considering the health issues and physical limitations that he had to deal with growing up.
4. Nick spreads a message of hope
Nick Vujicic isn't the kind of person who bemoans his limitations. Instead, he hits the road to tell people that there is hope in love. He shares his faith in Jesus Christ, which is a pillar of strength for him. He's a positive person who goes out and does motivational speaking to encourage others to persevere.
5. He founded his own organization
Vujicic is the founder of an organization called Life Without Limbs. He established the international non-profit organization in 2005. it is also a ministry, and he is an evangelist. He's had a deep faith the majority of his life and he started his public speaking career at the young age of just 17, sharing at a prayer group he attended.
6. He's an international motivation speaker
The native of Australia has gone far beyond the borders of his home country. He doesn't let the fact that he doesn't have arms and legs stop him, or even slow him down. He has a calling and a mission and he works hard to fulfill these. Nick doesn't wallow in self-pity, instead, he goes forth to reach out to those in the world who are hurting and he shares the message that Jesus Christ loves them. Nick has spoken in 69 countries throughout the world.
7. Nick founded a second organization
In 2007, Nick Vujicic founded the Attitude is Altitude company. The purpose of AIA is to inspire people to become passionate and to give them a spark of hope in a world that is constantly changing. It's a positive movement that seeks to empower people to make transformative changes in their lives. Nick is using this platform to deliver motivational speeches as well as deliver resources and motivational products to those who are interested. AIA is currently accepting memberships
8. He hasn't always been positive about his situation
Nick shared that when he was younger, he had a real struggle with sadness and depression. He had a tough time accepting the fact that he wasn't like other kids. He didn't have arms and legs and he couldn't do the same things that they were doing. Vujicic was lonely and he simply didn't understand why he had to be the one that was born this way. He was also bullied by some of the other kids as he was growing up and he even attempted suicide. By the time he was in his teens, he learned to cope with his circumstances and how to make the best of things, and it took him to great heights of personal development.
9. He's married and has a family of his own
Nick is married to Kanae Miyahara. The couple met in McKinney, Texas in 2008, and they were wed in 2012. By the first part of February of 2013, they welcomed their first son into the world and named him Kiyoshi. Dejan, their second son, was born in 2015. The family lives in Southern California and they have four children currently.
10. He has a purpose
Nick is such an inspiring speaker that it's hard not to listen to his words. Even if you're in a bad spot in life and you don't want to hear what he has to say, there's something very compelling about his approach and the stories that he tells. It's tough to argue that you're in worse condition when you're sitting in your chair with two functional arms and legs, and he's telling you that there's hope for you. His disability opens doors for communication and this is one of his many purposes in this life.
11. Nick's abilities may surprise you
Nick Vujicic is a determined guy and there are a lot of things that he does very well. In one of his videos, he's on a trampoline and he's very good at doing a backflip. He does it without arms and legs when many of us who have all of our limbs can't even manage a complete flip without hurting ourselves. He's also very good at commanding the attention of large crowds. When Nick speaks, the majority of people listen.
12. He's an award-winning author
Vujicic has written several motivational books. The first was released in 2010 titled "Life Without Limits: Inspiration of a Ridiculously Good Life;" followed by "Your Life Without Limits" in 2012; "Limitless: Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life" in 2013; Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action" in 2013, "The Power of Unstoppable Faith" in 2014; "Stand Strong" in 2015: "Love Without Limits" in 2016, and "Be the Hands and Feet: Living Out God's Love for All His Children" most recently.
13. His books are available in several languages
Nick wants to reach as many people throughout the world as he can. He longs to impart his message of hope to all people. The 8 books that he has written have been translated throughout the earth in 30 languages. He's sold over a million copies.
14. He's been in several publications and television shows
Vujicic has made multiple appearances on popular television news shows. Some of these include "Oprah's LifeClass," "CBS Sunday Morning," "The 700 Club," "60 Minutes Australia," "PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly," "NewsMax," "Life Today," and "USA Today." He was also named by Christianity Today magazine in an elite group of people under teh age of 33 who are helping to shape faith in America.
15. He's allowed to speak in a variety of organizations
The ministry that Nick has established gives him a platform for gaining access to large groups of people.He's spread his message of inspiration in multiple venues including orphanages, prisons, schools, churches, stadiums, hospitals and other places. He even talks with people on a one on one basis. It's his goal to tell people that God has a plan for each and every one of them and that their lives do matter. He uses his experience as an example that people shouldn't lose hope.
16. Nick shows us that we should challenge our limiting beliefs
Nick stands as living proof that the things that we may once believe are impossible, may not be so far out of our reach after all. Just look at what he has accomplished in his life. He's had multiple barriers to cross and obstacles to overcome.
Some of them imposed by the people around him, and others, imposed by his own limiting beliefs. Once he realized that he was given the precious gift of life, and he found his purpose, he realized, as his book suggests, that he has a ridiculously good life.
After listening to his motivational speeches, there are many people who were once down about their own life situations that begin to realize that their attitudes are the things that are holding them back and the self-imposed limitations may be challenged and overcome. It's refreshing to see a young man with such ambition and drive, and it had to start with his attitude.
17. Nick has several life lessons to teach
If you haven't had the privilege of hearing Nick speak, it's easy to access several video clips on the internet. You can also find his motivational videos and books for sale on his official website. He has a lot to say about attitude and how it affects our perspective on life and the actions that we take.
We live in a cause and effect world and if we don't have faith and confidence, our actions reflect that and they can actually work against us instead of on our behalf. We're all in this thing called life together and Nick shows us that life is much better when we work together and offer help where it's needed.
18. You can catch him on YouTube
Nick has made a lot of materials available which are motivational and inspiring. You can find samples of his videos on YouTube. All you need to do is type in Nick Vujicic and several different videos will come up. If you want to be uplifted and encouraged, he has a lot of great information and tips for turning your life around for the better.
19. The world needs more people like Nick
Nike Vujicic is a normal guy who has all of the same needs as other people, along with good days and bad days, but the major difference is that he chooses to live a positive life regardless of the things that he doesn't have. Instead, he recognizes that he has everything that he really needs to be a whole person.
He has food, shelter, and clothing, but he also has a loving wife and family, a purpose-driven life which involves helping others, and a reason for getting up every morning. He leads a very rich and rewarding life when all of these things are considered.
20. Nick Vujicic is doing his part to serve humanity
Regardless of whether you share the same beliefs that Nick Vujicic has, the fact that he has a valid message of hope cannot be disputed. His message is relevant to people of all kinds of beliefs because, in the end, it tells us that we can take back our own personal power and lift many of the limitations that we feel are holding us back in life.
We can transform our lives and find true happiness regardless of the situations and experiences that we've had if we choose to do so. Our attitudes can take us to low places, or allow us to soar to great heights. For this positive message of hope that he gives to the world, Nick, we thank you.
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