Nick Vujicic

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Amazingly, Nick Vujicic was born with no arms or legs; being an evangelist, philanthropist, motivational speaker and author of the bestsellers “Life Without Limits” and “Unstoppable” are just some of his accomplishments, aside from founding the organization “Life Without Limbs.” He has done all this without limbs – with only “his little chicken drumstick,” as he jokingly says.

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Why Nick Vujicic is Extraordinary

Nick Vujicic is quite simply extraordinary. Attitude is Altitude, No Limb’s No Limits, and Unstoppable, combined with his infectious personality and passion for life and sharing God’s message of love, have inspired and touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

Life Without Limbs Foundation Helps Thousands

His message, that there is a purpose in each struggle we encounter, is made even more incredible by his circumstances of birth. His inspirational message of overcoming his own struggles, questioning God, and finding his purpose will leave you in awe of this extraordinary man!

His non-profit foundation, “Life without Limbs,” has taken him to places including Kenya and Korea to meet with presidents of countries, business leaders, religious leaders, and schools. He even filled the L.A. Dodgers Stadium with over 100,000 people to hear his messages of hope, love, and inspiration as they battle with life’s daily challenges.

Authorship and Becoming A Father

Today, Nick remains as busy as ever. He has recently completed and published another bestselling book, titled “Unstoppable.” Now happily married to Kanae, Nick has just become a proud father of a healthy baby boy.

Nick has also launched a new evangelical campaign called “Plant Seeds,” as well as his “2013 World Outreach Campaign,” all while managing his own business and non-profit organizations and fulfilling public speaking commitments.

It is with an overwhelming sense of humbleness, pride, and awe that we celebrate Nick Vujicic as extraordinary. Nick is a true modern-day messenger of God, showing us how his disability has created an inspiring story of perseverance and relentless optimism.

There is much more history to be written about this young man—his courage, persistence, faith, fatherhood, and passion for making the world a better place. We look forward to continuing to share these stories with you as we follow this extraordinary man, Nick Vujicic.

Nick Vujicic on YouTube and Unique Quotes

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Top Reasons why Nick Vujicic is Extraordinary

  1. He was born without arms and legs, and eventually became one of the world’s most sought-after motivational speakers. He has been almost everywhere to inspire people and share his messages of love and determination.
  2. He founded the Life Without Limbs Foundation at only 17 years old.
  3. Despite his physical limitations, he completed his degree with a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning at 21 years old.
  4. He released a motivational short film, entitled "Life's Greater Purpose.”
  5. He was nominated Young Australian of the Year in 2005 for his foundation and inspirational/motivational speaking.
  6. In 2006, he founded his very own company, “Attitude Is Altitude,” which is dedicated to public speaking and evangelism.
  7. His first book, "Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life" became popular rather quickly, resulting in his invitations to be interviewed on shows such as 20/20 and 60 Minutes.
  8. “The Butterfly Circus,” a film in which he was featured, won first prize at the Method Film Festival, received a Doorstop Film Award, and gave Nick his first “Best Actor” award.
  9. In 2010, “The Butterfly Circus" won the “Best Short Film” Award at the Feel Good Film Festival.
  10. He is happily married, and a new father of a healthy baby boy.
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Biography of Nick Vujicic

Date of Birth: Saturday, 04 December 1982 | Born in:  / Nationality: Australia

The Video of A Man Without Limbs Goes Viral

Nick’s videos have been shared with over 4.5 million people worldwide. He was born in Brisbane, Australia, on 4 December, 1982, and is the eldest son of Dushka and Boris Vujicic, who emigrated from Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) due to communist repression at home. Nick has a sister, Michelle, and a brother, Aaron.

Nick was born with a rare disorder called “tetra-amelia syndrome.” In layman’s terms, this is the absence of all four limbs. Unfortunately, this was despite his mother’s healthy diet and abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, along with two seemingly-normal ultrasounds, during her pregnancy.

Early Biography

It is said that Nick’s father, after witnessing his delivery, was in a state of shock seeing only Nick’s shoulders and no arms. He could not face his son and had to leave the delivery room. Nick’s mother, knowing that something was wrong, demanded answers from the doctors. When told about Nick’s condition, she found it tremendously difficult to accept that Nick was born without limbs. “Take him away, I don’t want to touch him or see him,” she said to the nurses.

Little did they know of the life that Nick would lead.

In his early years, he saw himself as just another adorable child, blissfully ignorant of any difference between him and other children.

Nick’s parents moved his family from Brisbane to Melbourne, only to learn that Nick was prohibited by state law from attending school due to his disability (even though he was not mentally impaired). Nick’s parents challenged this law, eventually making Nick the first disabled child to join a mainstream school.

Suicide Attempt

Attending school was both a frustrating and disheartening experience; he began to challenge God and his faith, questioning why he was born with such a disability. So depressed was Nick at he nearly attempted suicide at the age of ten. He planned to drown himself in the bath; however, an overwhelming sense of guilt came over him as he imagined his grief- and guilt–stricken parents at his funeral, and he abandoned his plan. He did, however, continue to challenge and question his faith, which would trouble him for some time to come.

Getting Inspired

Throughout Nick’s youth, he dealt not only with the typical challenges of physical disability; many wrongfully assumed he was also mentally disabled. Nick continued to struggle with depression and loneliness, leading him to ponder even more deeply on why, and how, he was born with no arms or legs.

In an effort to fit in at school, Nick even tested out specially-designed electronic arms and hands. He soon realized, however, that they were not only awkward heavy, but attracted further insults and made him a common target of bullies.

His turning point came when his mother showed him a newspaper article about another man and his struggle with physical disability. A corner had been turned for Nick as he realized that he was not alone in his own struggles, and he decided to embrace his disabilities. He not only became more grateful for his life, but he truly embraced it and set out to accomplish goals that would inspire others.

From this realization, Nick learned to write with a pen in his two toes using a special grip, and even developed a special technique to type on his computer using his heel and toe. He truly accepted the challenge of becoming as independent as he could; he learned how to get himself a glass of water, brush his teeth, comb his hair, shave, and throw a tennis ball, pick up the phone and even how to play drum pedals.

Ever the joker, Nick would often go with his brother and friends to shopping centres in his electronic wheelchair. They would scream out “Look, Alien!!” to shock fellow shoppers, followed by bouts of hysterical laughter.

By grade seven (12 years old), Nick was elected school captain in addition to serving on the school’s student council. He became actively involved in fund raising events, charities, and other various campaigns.

Life Without Limbs Foundation

According to what Nick wrote in his first book, he “made his life right” with God at 15 years old when he asked for forgiveness and direction. He was baptized four years later.

At 17 years old, Nick was known for leading prayer meetings and speaking at public events. It was at this age when he founded his non-profit foundation, “Life Without Limbs.”

By 19 years old, he had dedicated his time to studying Accounting and Financial Planning at Griffith University. He also became interested in pursuing a career as a motivational speaker to share his stories of overcoming adversity by pondering on God’s message of love and encouragement. His central message, simply put, is that there is a purpose behind each of our struggles, and how we face them determines whether or not we can triumph over them.

He always asks the following question to his audiences around the globe: “Would you have the strength to repeatedly tell yourself, ‘NEVER GIVE UP?’”

At the age of 21 years old, Nick graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Griffith University in Queensland with a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning. Much to his parents’ concern - they expected Nick to pursue a career in accounting - he decided to become a full-time motivational speaker.

Life's Greater Purpose Videos and Book

Nick travelled the world between 2003 and 2005, motivating and evangelizing students, church groups, charities, business leaders, and presidents of big and small groups all over the world.

He made a short film and motivational DVD about his life, entitled “Life’s Greater Purpose,” in 2005. By the end of the year, he was nominated Young Australian of the Year for his accomplishments.

In 2006, Nick moved to California to focus on his public speaking career, and there he started his own company, “Attitude Is Altitude.” He also began penning thoughts for his first book, which would later be entitled “Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life.” As Nick’s success as a public speaker rose, so did his national media attention. Television networks frequently approached him for interviews and he has appeared on such programs as 20/20 and 60 minutes.

Nick was again featured in a short film in 2009, called “The Butterfly Circus.” The film won first prize at the Method Film Festival, received a Doorstop Film Award, and gave Nick his first “Best Actor” award. In 2010, the film also won the Best Short Film Award at the Feel Good Film Festival.

Marriage and Becoming A Father

Nick met his wife-to-be, Kanae, in 2010. The two described how they met in a recent interview with Peter Overton of Sixty Minutes Australia:

"It was love at first sight… There’s a lot of love stories out there, but it’s a special one—very special."

Nick proposed to Kanae in 2011, while sailing on a yacht off the coast of Santa Barbara, and they married in February 2012.

Nick remains busy to this day; he has recently completed and published another bestselling book, “Unstoppable,” and Kanae gave birth to their first child in February 2013.

There is much more history to be written about this young man—his courage, faith, fatherhood, and passion for making the world a better place have inspired millions. Again, our attitude towards our inevitable struggles can make or break us. In Nick’s case, his faith and optimism completed him and made him whole.


Awards & Achievements

  • 2001: Became a motivational speaker and evangelist. Began travelling around the world spreading his message to millions
  • 2003: Graduated from Griffith University Queensland Australia with a degree in Accounting & Financial Planning
  • 2005: Nominated for Young Australian of The Year
  • 2005: Short film documenting Nick’s life, “Life's Greater Purpose,” released
  • 2008: Interviewed by Bob Cummings on 20/20
  • 2009: Top Prize from Doorpost Film Project for starring in “The Butterfly Circus”
  • 2010: Best Short Film at the Feel Good Film Festival
  • 2010: Published Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life
  • 2010: Launched “Something More” Project with Tyrone Wells
  • 2011: Embarked on a Life Without Limbs World Tour
  • 2011: Engaged to Kanae
  • 2011: Promotes Year End Appeal
  • 2012: Pain to Promise / Plant Seeds DVD launched
  • 2012: Nick and Kanae married
  • 2012: Launched “Bullying - Stop the Epidemic” Campaign
  • 2012: Published bestseller “Unstoppable”
  • 2012: Launched 2013 World Outreach Campaign
  • 2013: Kanae gave birth to a healthy baby boy
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Quotes by Nick Vujicic

I love hugs.
Gratitude is fundamental to keeping positive attitude.
If a man without arms and legs is dreaming big, why can't we all?
Fear has zero effect on me, because my courage is bigger than my fear.
I have no arms and no legs but I’ve very thankful that I have my little drumstick.
If you put your happiness in temporary things, your happiness will be temporary.
We will fail God, we will fail our family and our family might fail us at times, but God never fails us.
I have learned the secret to being content. I asked myself what is the secret – the secret is to be content.
You can't give me any amount of money to even consider taking a magical pill to have arms and legs right now.
You can’t always trust your emotions. You can’t always trust your feelings. We come to many conclusions and those aren’t always accurate.
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Comments  

#3 Pee Jay 2013-05-28 13:01
Too bad I missed Nick when he visited the Philippines. Its a good thing I have watched his tv interview last Saturday. God bless you Nick!
#2 Eunice 2013-05-21 01:50
Welcome to the Philippines, Nick! Enjoy your stay. I would have loved to watch you had I been in Manila. Oh well, some other time. I know your 2013 visit won't be the last.
#1 Peter Boberg 2012-08-28 00:40
Are you taking advantage of a person who has no limbs to profit from their misfortune?

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