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Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life… A Review

30/04/2011
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“Living without limits means knowing that you always have something to give, something that might ease the burden of others.” Nick Vujicic

Life Without Limits... Nick Vujicic

A Review: Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life by Nick Vujicic
What limits do we place on our lives? How can we live a life without limits; a purposeful life? Recently, I read a book that was so compelling, I couldn’t put it down. It was the personal journey of Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker and inspiring author of “Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life,” born without limbs; a condition known as Tetra-amelia, and his struggles to overcome his limitations and build a purposeful life.

Nick, the eldest child of a deeply religious, Serbian family, was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1982. His parents found out in the delivery room that their new baby had no arms or legs except for two toes on a partially formed foot. His parents were inconsolable when they found out about their baby’s condition but soon turned to their Christian faith for solace, and then made a commitment to love their son unconditionally and raise him as best they could. At one point, they even moved to the USA to help Nick get access to better prosthesis and medical care, but returned to Australia when conditions didn’t improve.

Motivation gets you through the day, but inspiration lasts a lifetime.” Nick Vujicic


Message of Hope from Nick Vujicic Video

Nick spent his early years struggling to make meaning of his life; he was bullied and picked on, felt limited by his disability and, at one point, at age 10, even considered suicide. However, through perseverance, faith in God, the loving support of his family and a series of fortuitous events, Nick turned his life around once he realized that pushing past insecurities about his physical limitations would give him the impetus to create a purposeful life: “At first I was not willing to confront that what was really wrong with me wasn’t my body, it was the limits I put on myself and my limited vision of the possibilities for my life.”

Accepting his divine destiny and the endless possibilities that he now enjoys did not come easy, however, there were signs and help along the way. There were several pivotal moments and stories shared in this book that helped Nick embrace his life and focus on achieving his dreams. At 13, he read a newspaper report about a man who was fully paralyzed and bedridden. The story made Nick recognize that he had possibilities and could do more with his life. An exchange on stage with a young girl, at a talk he gave for 300 teenagers, changed his perspective and helped him to stop questioning his self-worth.

I do believe my life has no limits! I want you to feel the same way about your life, no matter what your challenges may be.” Nick Vujicic

Life Without Limits... Nick Vujicic via DailyMail.co.uk

LOOK AT YOURSELF AFTER WATCHING THIS Video

When Reggie Dabbs, an American motivational speaker, shared his own inspirational story at a High School assembly, Nick was impressed and imagined himself doing same. Mr. Arnold, the school janitor and Christian youth leader, prodded Nick for three months to give his first speech and when he finally gave one, everyone applauded his effort. Not long after, Nick started receiving invitations to give more speeches. By 17, he started his nonprofit company; Life Without Limbs, and embarked on a life of inspired Christian service to others and motivational speaking engagements.

Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life is filled with stories and uplifting messages of the power of faith and the importance of believing in our purpose and destiny. Each chapter addresses an important attribute that helped Nick on the road to building a life without limits. Nick doesn’t gloss over the heart-wrenching pain and challenges he experienced in his childhood, however, he balances them with events and lessons that gave him hope and strengthened his faith. The inspirational anecdotal stories shared in the book are helpful and engaging; affirming Nick’s generous spirit and determined personality.

For anyone who might be feeling unworthy and limited, this book will uplift and inspire you to have faith and follow your dreams.  Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life is full of fantastic nuggets of wisdom and a few that stood out are: “If you have the desire and passion to do something, and it’s within God’s will, you will achieve it.” and “When you step outside of yourself and your own concerns to reach out for others, it will change you. You will be humbled. You will be inspired.”

Today, Nick speaks around the world and runs his companies, Attitude is Altitude and Life Without Limbs.Org. This is a highly recommended, inspirational book to read.
What are your thoughts? What limits do you place on your life? What are you willing to do to help you change? Do share. . Thank You! 🙂

***FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review and it had no bearing on my positive review.
Positive Motivation Tip: The only limitations in our lives are the ones we hold in our minds. Release them and meet your destiny.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photo of Nick in wheelchair via DailyMail.co.uk Nick Vujicic via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

41 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/05/2011 2:44 am

    Thanks Eliz for a lovely post on one of our great Aussie blokes.

    Nick was recently interviewed on a tv show we have here called In Gordon Street Tonight. Adam Hills is the host and another lovely Aussie bloke. The interview was wonderful, full of good humour and warmth…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR1DyueYz0o

    Blessings

    • 01/05/2011 7:23 pm

      Oh, I love this video too! Thanks, hakea

    • 03/05/2011 12:45 am

      For some reason, I didn’t see this video till I came back to comment. TY for sharing it… I really enjoyed the book … so uplifting. A true inspiration! 🙂

      • 03/05/2011 12:49 am

        I just did another post on some of our awesome Indigenous aussies – the Yunupingu family.

        enjoy

    • 04/05/2011 6:20 am

      Thank you too for all the feedback and additional videos. Loved them! 🙂

  2. 01/05/2011 4:43 am

    you’ve created a great tribute to Nick!

    • 03/05/2011 12:46 am

      Thank you and it’s very well deserved.
      After reading his book, you will be inspired to appreciate what you have and where you are… TY! 🙂

  3. 01/05/2011 8:49 am

    Thank you for sharing.I thought that we shouldn’t give up soon.

    • 03/05/2011 12:47 am

      Yes, we should all stay the course… There is always someone whose lot is tougher than ours. TY! 🙂

  4. 01/05/2011 10:22 am

    Thank you for introducing me to Nick! Life is truly full of impediments. Getting past them is the trick. Nick knows how and shares it with a great sense of humor. That is more than a lot of us can say. Very inspirational!

    • 03/05/2011 12:48 am

      Oh thank you Karen and I hope you enjoy the read.
      It is a very easy, quick to read book with lots of inspiring examples.
      I enjoyed it. 🙂

  5. Bree permalink
    01/05/2011 12:13 pm

    What a remarkable young man and a reminder that we make the best out of a difficult situation.
    I watched the videos and he is full of light and spunk. He cheered me up too.
    B

    • 03/05/2011 12:50 am

      Yes, and you can imagine his challenges… As I’ve always believed, God’s plan for us is greater than our plan for ourselves… I truly enjoyed it. TY! 🙂

  6. 01/05/2011 12:26 pm

    Boy did this post bring tears to my eyes–happy and sad ones. Great post.

    • 03/05/2011 12:50 am

      Yes, it is both heartwarming and heart-wrenching…but you know, he’s an inspired trooper. TY! 🙂

  7. InsideJourneys permalink
    01/05/2011 1:41 pm

    I just finished watching the interview with Mr. Vujicic that Hakea posted on her blog – we’re blog buddies. His comment about being who we are and finding our purpose (I’m paraphrasing) has special resonance for me right now. I’m also looking at the limits, the box I’ve put myself in. Powerful stuff, eh?

    Thanks for posting this review of his book.
    Marcia
    http://insidejourneys.com

    • 03/05/2011 12:53 am

      Thank you for stopping by my blog… I agree. His message resonated with me too. I believe we all have a purpose in life and while our purpose might vary and all are not mega front stage stuff, it is still ours to claim. TY! 🙂

  8. 01/05/2011 7:23 pm

    I love Nick! I featured him last May with another terrific video filled with humor, warmth, and love: nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/

    • 03/05/2011 12:54 am

      Oh TY and how wonderful!!! I will check out yours and read it. Until this year, I had not heard of Nick.
      It was a joy to review the book…. an inspired and easy read. 🙂

  9. 02/05/2011 4:31 am

    Certainly an inspirational man. I recall attending a motivational speech my a similar person many years ago. I can’t recall his name, but also an Australian. He had no legs, but built a signwriting company, and later other ventures.

    • 02/05/2011 6:40 am

      Hi T-O

      Would it be Tony Christiansen? He’s a Kiwi, but we’ve been known to claim them as our own (Russell Crowe, Sam Neill). hehehe

      • 02/05/2011 6:55 am

        I honestly do not remember, Hakea. It is MANY years ago (I’m old). He may have been a Kiwi. Don’t think we ever claimed Sam, did we? Besides, I’m an ex-pat Hakea – born in Greymouth.

      • 03/05/2011 12:58 am

        A kiwi? 🙂

      • 03/05/2011 12:57 am

        I have no idea, but Nick mentioned Christy Brown and that is why I brought that name up too.
        Thanks again Hakea for the video, post, and comments. 🙂

    • 03/05/2011 12:56 am

      Perhaps it is the same man? Or Christy Brown? I was very touched by Nick’ story too…
      TY for stopping in. 🙂

      • 03/05/2011 1:41 am

        Christy Brown was an Irish poet and artist who had severe cerebral palsy. His story was featured in the film My Left Foot (Daniel Day Lewis, Brenda Fricker).

      • 04/05/2011 6:14 am

        Oops! Yes, I did see the movie – My Left Foot – with Daniel Day Lewis years ago and, after posting my comments, I realized the person both of you were speaking of is not Christy! 😉

    • 04/05/2011 6:20 am

      Definitely inspirational… I enjoyed the book. 🙂

  10. 04/05/2011 2:04 am

    You did an excellent job with this review and I loved the video’s thanks so much! ♥

    • 04/05/2011 6:15 am

      TY Jackie, I loved yours too. It was excellent. 🙂

  11. 04/05/2011 2:16 am

    I have seen this video before, it is so inspirational. He is a fantastic human being that the world needs to get to know. I found him to be one of the most amazing people and I will never complain about anything again! Thank you for sharing this and for coming by my site.

    Love and Blessings,
    AngelBaby

    • 04/05/2011 6:16 am

      Thank you so much AngelBaby… I love your name. Nick is truly amazing and talk about perspective… Wow! We have no excuse for not appreciating life once we read his story. 🙂

  12. 04/05/2011 8:54 pm

    I love this video, its an amazing story about how one can overcome any obstacle along this journey of life we are struggling to survive. (Some a little more then others, but we all face our giants in our daily walk. These days, my mind is constantly on my brother, he has been diagnosis with ca. I went to see him over the weekend, it was so shocking, but it gave me some reality to the whole situation. I am at lost for words regarding this situation, but please keep in your prayers. He is embracing life and the courage to fight his odds. Nice post !

    • 04/05/2011 10:24 pm

      Oh Penny, I am so sorry and sad to read about your brother… Please know that he is in my prayers too and with God’s grace and help coupled with great medical care, many forms are treatable these days. I feel for you and understand this all too well. Sending you hugs and him healing light and love… Be blessed, Eliz

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