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Nick Vujicic, Living Life With Purpose:An Inspirational HubNugget

Updated on April 3, 2015
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A Hush Fell Across the Room...

The students were squirming, chatting, and trying to figure out how to text without being spotted. They were waiting for the little film clip to begin. You could tell by their faces that they thought it was going to be one more run of the mill boring clip.

The lights went down and the clip began. Sudden there was not a sound to be heard. Every eye was plastered to the screen. Every ear was attuned to what was being said. All during this clip not a child moved a muscle, took their eyes off the screen or spoke one word. When the lights came back on, still they sat there silently. As we looked around we noticed a couple of the students wiping what looked like tears from their face.

What had caused this phenomenon? None of us had ever seen these kids react in quite this way. Who was this man who could move teens this way? This was the amazing inspirational speaker Nick Vujicic. How did we come to know about him? There was a wonderful young man we had speaking to the students about bullying and doing what's right, the founder and director of Epic, Rashad Jones. You can read all about this wonderful organization at epicbeast.com.

If jaded teens could be so moved and inspired by this organization and Nick Vujicic it should really touch those of us who look for inspiration.


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Childhood

On November 4, 1982 a baby with no arms or legs, except for a tiny little foot with two toes, was born to a young couple in Brisbane, Australia. There was no warning, medical or heredity wise of what was to come. Imagine the shock of a new mother and father when their first born is born with no appendages. The parents of this special boy soon put aside their shock and set about doing everything they could to help make Nick Vujicic the independent man that he is today.

As Nick passed through school he was bullied and belittled so much that he contemplated suicide at the age of 8. At the grand old age of 10 he attempted to kill himself by drowning. The turning point of his life came a few years later when his mother showed him a newspaper article about a man that was dealing with a severe disability. It was then that he realized that he was not alone. He realized he was not the only person in the world who had to learn to live with a disability.

He began to master the daily task of living. He learned how to write with his two toes, brush his teeth, how to swim, shave, throw a ball. and so many other things that we all take for granted. He became a leader at his high school. After graduating from college with two majors, one in accountancy and one in financial planning he became a motivational speaker focusing on teen issues.

This incredible man has been taking the world by storm - telling his story and inspiring people of all ages. If he can do all that he can do then certainly those of us with two arms and two legs should be able to move the world.


This is the video that so moved the students.

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Inspiration

As writers we sometimes question what we are doing. We may wonder if there is anyone out there who is reading what we write and what they think of it. Here at Hubpages we feel that extending encouragement and inspiration is something that is needed every day. New writers are especially sensitive about their writing. Anytime we can encourage someone to keep going and keep trying we consider it a job well done.

Hubnuggets are our way of letting our new writers know that we are behind them, ready to help them, and telling them that they are doing a great job.

Written by Tyrone Wells, produced by Jon Phelps, video directed by Matt Koppin, produced by Attitude is Attitude, and sung by Nick Vujicic.

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    • JakeFrost profile image

      Jake Frost 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Wow, I really am honoured to have been nominated. I changed the summary to my Hub to make it more suitable, is it possible to change that on here?

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      JakeFrost, If it is Simone is the one to do it. Good luck

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      Jake Frost 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Okay, thank you Koffee. I have sent her an email and hope it can be changed. That dreadful spelling mistake is just screaming at me.

      Once again thank you for the nomination.

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      RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

      Well done, Gal! This is a truly inspirational hub - Nick is an amazing young man. I love the videos and the quotes. ...and we have some fine nominees, as well! Thanks for a super job!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Heya JakeFrost- check your email; I've sent you a response. LOVE this Hub, KoffeeKlatch Gals! Quite inspirational. I've cast my votes; now I'm looking forward to discovering the winners!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this.

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      Michelle Simtoco 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I love Nick! Gal, thank you for featuring him. And congratulations to all the nominees! Read and voted... :D

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      JakeFrost, I sent her an email also. It will all be taken care of soon

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      RedElf, he is an inspire young man.

      Simone, I'm so glad I came across him.

      Congratulations to all the nominess.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Mhatter99, you're welcome.

      ripplemaker, there's just something about him that makes you feel you can go out and do anything.

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      KevinC9998 4 years ago

      Possible one of the best hubs ever posted on Hubpages. Thank you for making us stop and think. Voted up and Beautiful, Awesome, etc. Kevin

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      prettydarkhorse 4 years ago from US

      very useful and well informed hubs, well written~!!!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      KevinC9998, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      prettydarkhorse, thanks for reading.

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      Jake Frost 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Wow, and such a beautiful hub too... I really do look up to Nick

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jake, He's a truly great person.

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      Angela Joseph 4 years ago from Florida

      This is such a great hub. Every able-bodied person should read this. Voted up and awesome.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      quildon, He is an amazing person.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Congrats to all nominees. Nick Vujicic is an inspiration on this generation. In fact, I've written a tribute about him since my first year of hubbing.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      This is a good Hub to see, since we are going012 Paralympics in London on August 29. One of the top archers has no arms! And of course, Oscar Pistorius still has no human legs, but runs like the wind.

      Rated Up.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      travel man1971, he is a great inspiration.

      Patty, I have been involved with Special Olympics for years. I have the highest respect for all of our Special and Para out there.

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      Jake Frost 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I too am going to the paralympics. I'm going to watch the semi-final of wheelchair basketball. I'm sure Nick will be in my mind the whole time.

      Great respect to him

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jake, who know's . You may even see him there.

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      Jake Frost 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      It will definitely be an honour if I do.

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      I am glad that I read this hub otherwise I would not have known about the wonderful personality of Nick. KoffeeKlatch Gals, thanks for introducing him to us. Great job!

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      Jake Frost 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Wow, I really do hope so

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      Jake Frost 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Oh wow, it was such a surprise and honour just to be nominated let alone win.

      Thank you all so much who voted, it really is a morale booster as well as encouragement to continue writing.

      Again, thanks!

      ~ Jake

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jake, congratulations. Keep on writing.

      urmilashukla23, he is an unbelievably inspirational speaker. Thanks for reading.

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      Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Another amazing hub Gals! (I did manage to vote, but didn't have the time to comment.) An excellent choice for a HubNugget roundup!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Enelle, I know how it goes. Sometimes we feel as though we are running in circles.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Somehow I missed this HubNugget, but you wrote a beautiful introduction and the video is so meaningful. It's amazing how someone can turn a disadvantage into an inspiration for others. Now I've joined the crying children!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      vespawoolf, I found his story inspirational and wanted to share with others. Thank you.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your presentation of Nick Vujicic is absolutely inspiring and teaches us so much. I was moved and thankful that the audience received his message with such respect and awe. Thanks for sharing his story.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      PegCole17, Nick Vujicic is a wonderful person. Just think what it would be like if everyone had his drive and point of view.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is an amazing story about a young many who triumphed in spite of adversity. He is handsome too! When I start to feel sorry for myself, I will remember this man and shake it off! Thanks for share this great hub! Will post of FB

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