Thursday 17 May 2007

Nothing is Impossible: LifeWithoutLimbs

Nothing is Impossible: Life Without Limbs


Nick Vujicic is a motivational speaker and the director for Life Without Limbs, an organisation that is for the physically disabled. Nick was born in Melbourne, Australia on 4 December 1982.


Personal life


A congenital amputee from Sunnybank, Brisbane, Australia. First born child into his devoutChristian family, Nick Vujicic was born limbless, missing both arms at shoulder level, and having one small foot with two toes petruding from his left thigh. Initially his parents were devastated, however Nick turned out to be otherwise perfectly healthy.
His life was filled with difficulties and hardships. One s
uch hardship was not being able to attend a main-stream school because of his physical disability, as the law of Australia required, even though he was not mentally impaired. During his schooling, the laws were changed, and Nick was one of the first disabled students to be migrated to a mainstream school. He learned to write using the two toes on his left "foot", and a special device that slid onto his big toe to grip. He also learned to use a computer and type using the "heel and toe" method (as demonstrated in his speeches). He can also throw tennis balls, and answer the phone (also demonstrated in speeches).

Being bullied at his school, Nick grew extremely depressed, and at the age of ten, started contemplating suicide. After begging God to grow arms and legs, Nick eventually began to realise that his accomplishments were inspirational to many, and began to thank God he was alive. When he was seventeen, he started to give talks at his prayer group, and eventually starting his non-profit organisation, Life Without Limbs.

Career


Nick completed university at the age of 21, and began his travels as a motivational speaker, focusing on the topics that today's teenagers face. He also speaks in the corporate sector, however his aim is to become an international inspirational speaker, in both Christian and non-Christian venues. He regularly travels internationally to speak to Christian congregations. By the age of 25 he hopes to become financially independent, however he wishes to promote his words through shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as writing books. His first book, planned for completion by the end of 2007, is to be called 'No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!'

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