Life Without Limits – Nick Vujicic

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life-without-limits-nick-vujicic-cover-3x2Life Without Limits is an inspiring book by an extraordinary man. Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disability to live not just independently but a rich, fulfilling life, becoming a model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, his central message is that the most important goal for anyone is to find their life’s purpose despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in their way.

Nick tells the story of his physical disabilities and the emotional battle he endured trying to deal with them as a child, a teen, and a young adult. “For the longest, loneliest time, I wondered if there was anyone on earth like me, and whether there was any purpose to my life other than pain and humiliation.” He shares how his faith in God has been his central source of strength and explains that once he found his own sense of purpose—inspiring others to make their lives and the world better—he found the confidence to build a rewarding and productive life without limits.

Nick offers practical advice for realizing a life of fulfillment and happiness by building trust in others, developing supportive relationships, and gaining strength for the journey. He encourages the reader by showing how he learned to accept what he could not control and focus instead on what he could.

“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. As we begin our journey together, please take a moment to think about any limitations you’ve placed on your life or that you’ve allowed others to place on it. Now think about what it would be like to be free of those limitations. What would your life be if anything were possible?”—Nick Vujicic, from Life Without Limits

Encouragement to the max! Through conquering adversity – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – he’s been an inspiration to people all around the world.
His life maxims are encapsulated in many of the chapter titles:
If you can’t get a miracle, become one.
Attitude is altitude.He says the most powerful attitudes are:
1. an attitude of gratitude
2. an attitude of action
3. an attitude of empathy
4. an attitude of forgiveness
Nick has a crazy sense of humor, a ‘no limits’ attitude, a ministry of hugs. He’s made giving his mission in life and encourages others to do the same. Nick is open about his faith in God. His first speaking opportunity was in front of a Christian group, even before his own faith had bloomed. Through it he realised that perhaps motivational speaking was part of his calling in life. God, he says, has a sense of humor. Through the encouragement of the school janitor, Mr Arnold, He wrangled Nick into speaking to the very group he was studiously avoiding and there He revealed Nick’s life purpose.
For so many people who have considered taking their own lives, Nick has shown a way forward into true wholeness. This is a testimony of faith, love and humor – and the fact that, even without arms and legs, it’s possible to surf, skateboard and dive!
He has touched my heart and his book is a real attempt to help people who are feeling defeated. It is not an autobiography as such, it is motivational and spiritually uplifting. It gets one’s own difficulties into perspective and it is encouraging and helpful. It does rely on faith in the ultimate nature of things
Notes: If you have a choice, listen to the audio version: Nick has a good sense of humor (“Aren’t you glad you got the audio, so you can hear me sing!”). I believe it gives a better impression of him as a “regular guy”, not some sort of saint.
A Few Quotes of Nick’s worth checking:

“Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.”

 

“I have the choice to be angry at God for what i don’t have, or be thankful for what i do have”

 

“If you can’t get a miracle, become one.”

 

“It’s a lie to think you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think you’re not worth anything.”

 

“Don’t put your life on hold so that you can dwell on the unfairness of past hurts.”

 

“Life isn’t about having, it’s about being. You could surround yourself with all that money can buy, and you’d still be as miserable as a human can be. I know people with perfect bodies who don’t have half the happiness I’ve found. On my journeys I’ve seen more joy in the slums of Mumbai and the orphanages of Africa than in wealthy gated communities and on sprawling estates worth millions. Why is that? You’ll find contentment when your talents and passion are completely engaged, in full force. Recognise instant self-gratification for what it is. Resist the temptation to grab for material objects like the perfect house, the coolest clothes or the hottest car. The if I just had X, I would be happy syndrome is a mass delusion. When you look for happiness in mere objects, they are never enough. Look around. Look within.”

 

“I never met a bitter person who was thankful. Or a thankful person who was bitter.”

 

“I encourage you to accept that you may not be able to see a path right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

 

“We easily become trapped in the ‘someday’ mentality. Someday I’ll have all the money I need to enjoy life. Someday I’ll be able to spent more time with my family. Someday I’ll have time to relax and do what i love doing.”

 

“In life you have a choice: Bitter or Better? Choose better, forget bitter.”

 

“The challenges in our lives are there to STRENGTHEN our CONVICTIONS. They are NOT there to run us over.”

 

“The greater the struggle the more glorious the triumph”

 

“Pain is Pain. Broken is Broken. FEAR is the Biggest Disability of all. And will PARALYZE you More Than Being in a Wheelchair.”

 

“.. Fear is often described as False Evidence Appearing Real.”

“… FAITH: … Full Assurance In The Heart.”

 

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