Thirty-six-year-old Nick Vujicic has hit a home run in the game of life. He’s happily married with four beautiful children. He’s a motivational speaker who travels the world, an international bestselling author, and an award-winning actor. He even finds time to paint, swim, skydive, surf, and play golf. Nick was also born with no arms and no legs.
The son of Serbian immigrants to Australia, Nick was born with a rare disorder that only seven people in the world have. He has two small, deformed feet, one of which he calls his ‘chicken drumstick’ for the way it looks. The toes on that foot were surgically separated, allowing him to use them as fingers to grab things.
Needless to say, life growing up in Melbourne was no walk in the park for Nick. Not only were the physical challenges enormous, but he also struggled mentally and emotionally. As Nick explains, “When I was eight years old, I sort of summed up my life and thought, I’m never going to get married. I’m not going to have a job. I’m not going to have a life of purpose.” Bullied at school, he once tried to commit suicide at the age of 10.
But at some point, Nick realized that feeling sorry for himself wasn’t the solution. “When you concentrate on the things you wish you had or the things you wish you didn’t have, you forget what you do have. When that clicked, it was like a light bulb just flashed in my brain. I was like, hey, now I see life as an opportunity.” Once he realized how grateful he was for what he had, nothing could stop Nick from achieving his dreams.
Nick no longer sees himself as a disabled person. Disability is something stopping you from being able to do something. And in Nick’s life, it seems that there is hardly anything he hasn’t been able to do. One of his greatest achievements is the non-profit organization he founded, called Life Without Limbs. Through it, he campaigns against bullying by giving motivational talks on stage. Over the years, he’s inspired millions of people in over 57 countries to find happiness by realizing how fortunate they are.
It’s been a rocky road, but Nick now lives a life more joyful and more fulfilling than most non-disabled people. As Nick says, “No arms, no legs, no worries, mate!”