If you have ever read the inspirational book Life Without Limits: Inspiration of a Ridiculously Good Life, then you would be acquainted with the author Nicholas James Vujicic popularly known as Nick Vujicic – the handsome man who was born with a rare deformity known as tetra-amelia, meaning he was born with under-developed limbs. In spite of the deficiencies, Nick was not deterred in his quest for success and today, he is well known as one of the best motivational speakers of our time.
Biography Of Nick Vujicic
He was born to Serbian immigrants who came from Yugoslavia. He was welcomed by his parents – Dušanka and Borislav Vujičić on the 4th day of December 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. He is of Australian nationality with the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius.
Nick Vujicic was not a normal child, he came into this world with a rare deformity known as tetra-amelia which in a layman’s language means a child born without fully formed limbs. The period of his birth proved a difficult time for the Vujicic family, even his mother refused to carry him when the nurse presented her with Nick for the first time. Eventually, the Vujicic family accepted their fate and raised their son to the best of their ability.
Nick Vujicic came into this world with two small deformed feet. He actually referred to one of his feet as his chicken drumstick because the feet were actually shaped like that of a chicken. Actually, Nick’s toes were originally fused together but were separated through a special operation to enable him to use his foot to grasp things, flip through pages of books and perform several other functions which include operating an electric wheelchair, a mobile phone and computer without assistance.
It is on record that Nick Vujicic attempted to commit suicide but was caught in time. In spite of his unusual physical appearance, he had an amazing childhood because, despite the fact that he was bullied, he managed to thrive in his teenage and young adult years. When he was seventeen, Nick started giving talks at his church prayer group, mostly inspired by a newspaper article his mum showed him about a man battling with a severe disability. He got his degree at the age of 21 from Griffith University where he studied commerce with a double major in financial studies and accountancy.
Young Nick started doing exploits since 2005 when he founded an international nonprofit organization called Life Without Limbs and two years later, he started a secular motivational speaking company Attitude is Altitude. Apart from his motivational speaking skills, he also starred in a short film titled The Butterfly Circus for which he received an award for best actor at the Method Fest Independent Film Festival in 2010. Through his motivational speaking company Attitude is Altitude, Nick released a single music video titled Something More.
In a self-formulated statement of faith on his webpages, the motivational speaker proclaimed his adherence to born-again Christianity, to Biblical inerrancy and classically Calvinist notions of sin and redemption. He believes in the second coming of Christ although he does not publicly identify with any known group or denomination or faction. Nick has written more than eight books and has several other publications to his credit.
Through books that he has authored and other publications which include a motivational DVD and a short documentary released in 2005, Nick’s savings has been accruing over the years. His NGO ‘Life Without Limbs’ which is for the sole purpose of assisting people to triumph over life challenges, has become very popular, making Nick Vujicic a household name worldwide. Consequently, the motivational speaker cum author has tidied up the sum of $500,000 as his net worth which is admirable when you consider the fact that he lives a life without limbs.
Family – Parents, Wife, Son
The renowned motivational speaker was born to father Boris Vujicic and mother Dushka Vujicic who were Serbian immigrants from Yugoslavia. In his autobiography, he recorded that when he was born, his own mother refused to hold him when the nurse brought him to her for the first time but eventually, both his parents came to accept him the way he was and with the belief that it is God’s plan for their son. Nick was born as the first child of the Vujicic family and was raised alongside his two siblings Michelle Vujicic and Aaron Vujicic. In case you are wondering how a man without limbs would find love, you need to brace yourself.
Nick relocated to California in the year 2006 and in 2008, in McKinney, Texas, near Dallas, he met his soul mate Kanae Miyahara, a young woman born in Mexico and based in Texas. Kanae is the daughter of a Mexican mother and a Japanese agricultural engineer who happened to be among the audience in one of his motivational speeches. From listening to Nick’s speech, she was hooked and on the 12th of February 2012, the couple tied the nuptial knot. Their marriage is blessed with four kids namely Dejan Levi and Kiyoshi James sons and Ellie Laurel and Olivia Mei, an identical set of twin daughters.