A symbol of triumph over adversity.
Success Resources is proud to announce global inspiration and world-renowned motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic is coming to South Africa. He will be headlining the third annual National Achievers Congress event, held from 24-25 April 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre and joined by a panel of international experts in business, investments, wealth creation and wellness.
Says Veronic Tan from Success Resources: “Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, but nothing motivates us more than those who have faced and overcome far greater challenges in their lives and turned them around to guide, help and encourage others to overcome their own situations.
“Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in, looking at Vujicic’s life certainly changes how your view your own struggles. We are therefore extremely proud to bring a man that is a true symbol of hope and light to South Africans in 2015.”
Born without limbs
Nick was born with no arms and no legs. When he was born, his father was so shocked he left the hospital room to vomit. His distraught mother could not bring herself to hold him until he was four months old.
His disability came without any medical explanation – a rare occurrence called Phocomelia. Vujicic and his parents spent many years asking why this happened to them.
"My mother was a nurse and she did everything right during pregnancy but she still blamed herself," he says. "It was so hard for them but right from the start they did their best to make me independent. My dad put me in the water at 18 months and gave the courage to learn how to swim."
Vujicic's father showed him how to type with his toe at just six years old. His mum invented a special plastic device that enabled him to hold a pen and pencil. Despite the risk of bullying, his parents insisted Nick attend mainstream school. "It was the best decision they could have made for me," he adds, who later achieved a degree in Financial Planning and Real Estate. "It was very hard but it gave me independence."
He could brush his own teeth with a wall mounted brush and wash his own hair with pump action soap, but there was still so much that he knew was impossible – dreams that he felt was out of reach for someone like him.
Explains Vujicic: "I looked at my life and I thought 'I'm never going to get married; I'm never going to have a job; I'm never going to have a life of purpose’. What kind of husband could I ever hope to be, when I couldn't even hold my wife's hand?”
In the Darkest Hour
At the young age of 10, he filled a bathtub with water and tried his hardest to drown himself. That he could not go through with it was, in large part, down to the impact that he realised his death would have on those he loved. Having found himself in such a dark place, Vujicic began to rethink his existence and give his life the purpose he yearned for.
"I felt there was no purpose. When you lack purpose and strength it is hard to hold on.”But with the help of his faith, friends and family, he managed to pull through to become an international symbol of triumph over adversity.
"When I was 13, I read a newspaper article about a disabled man who had managed to achieve great things and help others," says Vujicic , who like the man who inspired him, also plays golf with the club tucked under his chin.
"I realised why God made me like this – to give hope to others. It was so inspirational to me that I decided to use my life to encourage other people and give them the courage that the article had given me.
"I decided to be thankful for what I had and not to get angry about what I didn't have. What's the point of being complete on the outside when you're broken on the inside? What's the point of holding your wife's hand when you can't hold her heart?"
Comes the Brightest Light
And Vujicic has done just that. He travels the world giving talks to children, young people and adults. More recently, he met and married the love of his life - someone whose heart he could hold and who loved him for everything that he is.
They now have a beautiful one-year old baby boy that may well be what has brought him the most joy out of all the wonderful things he has accomplished.
For those he meets, the experience is life changing. "I tell people to keep getting up when they fall and to always love themselves," he adds. "It's a lie to think you're not good enough. It's a lie to think you're not worth anything. If I can encourage just one person, then my job in this life is done."
To meet Nick Vujicic in person please visit: http://www.