From No Limbs to No Limits


Nick Vujicic shares his advice for overcoming bullying and the bullying epidemic

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs. He overcame his disability and now at 28 years old is an international motivational speaker. He speaks to millions of people, both in person and through his books. His latest book, Life Without Limits, has a powerful message of building a life of fulfillment and happiness.

Vujicic always has a smile on his face. But when he was a kid he struggled with self-esteem issues. He prayed a lot and wondered why he was different from other kids. His family and friends encouraged him and helped him overcome his obstacles.

“If it wasn’t for my family and friends, I would not have been here,” Vujicic told the Kids Press Corps in early October. “They were the ones who believed in me and loved me. They told me that God has a plan for me.”

Even so, Vujicic still had to deal with depression, loneliness, and bullying. People mocked him for being different.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and Vujicic knows the harm bullying can do. Bullying was the main reason why Vujicic tried to commit suicide when he was ten by drowning himself in a bathtub.

“A lot of people don’t understand that bullying is a major problem,” Vujicic said. “There are people dying. And if people don’t commit suicide, they’re still dead on the inside.”

Many bullies torment others, he said, because they have low self-esteem and are insecure. Like the people they bully, they don’t know who they’re supposed to be, either. The only thing that makes them feel like they have self-worth is pushing other people around.

“It’s very cowardly to tease,” continued Vujicic. “It’s scary. It’s hard to stop.”

But it’s not impossible.

Confronting bullying can be a difficult and scary thing. But Vujicic said that taking life one day at a time is the best path forward. It’s going to get better.

He conquered his battles by coming back to the truth of who he is.

“I know that my value is not determined by how I look, what I can’t do, or how many friends I have,” he said. “I’m Nick Vujicic and there’s not another Nick Vujicic out there.”

Today, he works to help others find their own personal truths and overcome bullying — whatever form it takes.

Visit his webiste for more information about Vujicic and his campaign to end the bullying epidemic

First Published @Scholastic Inc, http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3756616.


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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on October 19, 2011, in Interview Videos, Interviews, Star Rapture Blog and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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