Recently Nick Vujicic spoke with the BBC about his extraordinary life and his recipe for success in the world. It turns out he’s a pretty famous guy and has done plenty of interviews before, but this one brought him to our attention and if you haven’t heard Nick’s story before you’ll want to check it out.
Nick Vujicic is the 32-year-old president of motivational speech marketer ‘Attitude is Altitude’. He was born without arms or legs, making everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth more difficult. Even so, he lives life to the fullest and has become an in-demand inspirational speaker; from the video below it’s easy to see why.
There is no medical explanation for Vujicic’s physical disability, an extremely rare congenital disorder known as tetra-amelia syndrome. He has a small foot on his left hip, however, which helps him balance. He can type, pick things up between his toes and even kick a ball.
In the BBC interview, Vujicic explained that confidence didn’t come naturally to him. Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, he struggled with depression. Over time, Vujicic worked on adopting a positive attitude—at 17 an encounter with his high school janitor inspired him to go into public speaking.
Aside from his work as a motivational speaker, Vujicic is a self-confessed adrenalin junkie (he’d be right at home at ADAPT then); he regularly swims, surfs and has gone skydiving.
The charismatic Australian now lives in California with his wife, Kanae, and their 2-year-old son. He travels the world addressing huge crowds, including business groups and schoolchildren—so far he has visited more than 50 countries and given thousands of talks.
Check out the Life Without Limbs official website to find out more about Nick’s story and his work.