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  • (Serbian) Thank you very much.

  • Guys, my name is Nick Vujičić,

  • I was born in Australia in 1982,

  • moved from Australia to California in the year 2006.

  • And my life story -- I'm just thankful

  • that people have seen my life

  • on some sort of level -- whether it's just YouTube videos

  • or seeing pictures of a limbless guy smile.

  • You know, people always ask me

  • you know, what happened to you

  • and how did you overcome what you've been through?

  • The title of the message that I've been given

  • is "Transforming the walls into doors".

  • When I speak corporately,

  • the line that I like to use is

  • "changing obstacles into opportunities".

  • Now, I am very well aware to share with you as well.

  • I know that there are a billion people going hungry today.

  • I know that this year, a million people will commit suicide.

  • That is one every 40 seconds.

  • I know today there are 120 million slaves

  • and I've met six slaves

  • and I've seen the top of the pyramid as far as business

  • and met the billionaires.

  • I've met bankers and I've also met orphans.

  • We're all looking for something.

  • We're all looking for hope.

  • Hope you can't just have just because you were born with hope.

  • No, we're born with pain.

  • We're born and live through difficulties.

  • In our life -- my parents always taught me

  • that even though we don't know

  • why I was born this way, that we have a choice.

  • Either to be angry for what we don't have

  • or be thankful for what we do have.

  • The power of that choice was the first thing

  • that I had to overcome and decide for myself,

  • especially in the early years of school.

  • A lot of kids would come up to me and tease me.

  • And I have been speaking at 5 congresses,

  • I've met 7 presidents all around the world.

  • My largest crowd was 110,000.

  • I have 30 thousand invitations for me to speak.

  • So wherever I go, I talk about the value of life,

  • I talk about anti-bullying messages

  • for the school systems in different nations.

  • The greatest thing is love.

  • When we feel like we don't have enough love

  • and we don't have enough hope,

  • we start losing strength to live.

  • For me in my life as a child, I had a big wall.

  • I was surrounded by four walls and a low ceiling of opportunity.

  • I was set free in so many different ways

  • and especially surviving from day to day

  • with my parents who loved me, who encouraged me,

  • who told me I was beautiful the way that I was

  • and not to worry about what other people said about me.

  • I was actually the first special needs child

  • to be integrated into the mainstream education system

  • in Australia and I was awarded Young Citizen of the Year in 1990.

  • And the world is a hurting place and the world needs hope

  • and world needs love.

  • Without hope, we feel like, 'Why are we here?'

  • Well, brokeness. Here's mine.

  • Today, I still have no arms and no legs, but everything's changed.

  • Everything.

  • For me, I was looking for hope and happiness

  • and I couldn't see it for many years.

  • In fact, if this side of the table represents my hope,

  • truth encourages me to become all that I can be.

  • But then we have lies, everyday,

  • coming in our mind, people who discourage us.

  • You know the people that you have in your life

  • who, no matter how good of a day you're having, they'll bring you down?

  • Or no matter how bad of a day you're having, they'll bring you even lower?

  • You know what I'm talking about?

  • Think of the 3 biggest discourages in your life.

  • They're not your biggest discourages.

  • You are.

  • It only takes 3 seconds for me to tell you something discouraging

  • but then, you may never forget my words.

  • I've met so many 50-year-old women and 40-year-old women

  • who still remember what their fathers told them that they wish they'd never heard.

  • Words are powerful.

  • And when you hear those words and then your mind starts growing with these lies.

  • "Nick, you're not good enough, just give up, you'll never get a job",

  • "You won't get married, you can't even hold your wife's hand".

  • "What kind of a father are you gonna be

  • if you can't even pick up your kids when they're crying?"

  • You're alone. Sure, your parents hug you.

  • But their hugs can't heal you.

  • Just give up. Just give up. Just give up.

  • At age 8 I thought that I should commit suicide. Why?

  • 'Cause I didn't have hope. I thought I didn't have hope.

  • Today you can see that I had hope.

  • What's the word, believing in something you do not see? Faith.

  • Words can only do so much. Hugs can do much more than words,

  • but when hugs can't do anything, that's where faith kicks in.

  • For me, words and hugs were not enough, but I had no faith.

  • So I tried to give up.

  • At age 10, I tried to drown myself in 6 inches, or 15 centimeters of water,

  • in my home.

  • I told my dad I just wanted to relax, but really, I wanted to end my life.

  • I had enough. (Serbian) I had enough.

  • The first two times I rolled over.

  • I was trying to work out how much air I hold in my lungs before I let it out.

  • And the third time, in my mind, knowing that I wanted to get out of here,

  • because of the bullying in my life, 'cause I was going to be a burden to my parents

  • and I had nothing to look forward to.

  • I realized at that moment that if I actually went through with committing suicide,

  • I would leave a greater burden for my parents than they already had.

  • There was one thing less hopeful or more burdensome

  • than having a child without limbs.

  • What is it? A child without limbs who gives up.

  • So when I saw in my mind my mom and my dad

  • and my brother crying at my grave

  • if I went through with it, that one thought saved me.

  • If my parents never told me that I was beautiful the way I was.

  • If my parents never told me that I was special and that I was loved,

  • I wouldn't be here today.

  • So I encourage every single parent

  • who tries their best to encourage their teenagers,

  • especially in the West, many teenagers put a 'do not disturb' sign on their door.

  • I'm sure, the conversations all around the world between a parent and a teenager:

  • How was school? - Fine. - What did you learn? - Nothing. - Did you do your homework? - No.

  • And that's the conversation for the day.

  • And when you try to tell your children that they're beautiful, they say,

  • "Of course I'm beautiful, I'm your son, your daughter, of course you're gonna say that".

  • But they're right.

  • Every single human being has value

  • and my value is not determined on how I look

  • or what job I have, or where I'm from, where I was born,

  • how much money, all that stuff is nothing.

  • So many teenagers, you know, tease each other

  • for how we look and I tell the teenagers,

  • "Do you think that I'm cool enough to be your friend?"

  • And they're like, "Yeah, of course".

  • I say, "But I have no arms and no legs", and they say, "Doesn't matter."

  • And I say, "Really? So it doesn't matter that I have no arms and no legs?"

  • They say it doesn't matter.

  • I say than, "Actually, if it doesn't matter, then why do we kill each other with our words,

  • if it actually doesn't matter?"

  • Why do we look [at] ourselves in the mirror and see ugly instead of valuable?

  • I want to ask you today, what are you looking for?

  • If I gave you a billion dollars, would you be happy?

  • If you gave me a billion dollars, I'd be very happy.

  • But then if my mom dies tonight, am I happy? No.

  • With all the money in the world, I'd never be happy.

  • Right? 'Cause money is something that cannot heal the soul.

  • So many teenagers are looking for love which, love does heal the soul,

  • love does complete the soul.

  • But even sex before marriage, I was a virgin before I got married.

  • Yeah, I've got a gorgeous wife, we're pregnant with our first son.

  • And I don't need hands to hold her hand.

  • I only want to hold her heart.

  • And you know, how am I going to hug my kid?

  • So many kids that come up to me, it's amazing.

  • They put their hands behind their back and hug me with their neck.

  • And I've realized in life, even the worst parts of my life

  • can be turned into good.

  • And even more special.

  • So many teenagers are looking for love so they are going to go do this,

  • and go do that and have sex before marriage.

  • For me, sex out of marriage is like a 5 dollar Gucci watch.

  • Sex within marriage and having sex with someone

  • who loves you, who is committed to you for the rest of your life,

  • going to be the mother or father of your kids, that's what love is.

  • You can sleep with as many people as you like

  • but never know for sure, "Do they love me?"

  • Love is a life-long commitment. You see, there are choices in life.

  • And we're looking. I want to ask you, what are you looking for?

  • If I can just drunk, why not, man? I'll only live once.

  • Well, if that's the way you believe, great.

  • But for me, I'm a greedy man, I don't want to live for 90 years.

  • I want to live for billions of years.

  • And I know that every day, my choices will affect this life,

  • other people's life and my eternal life.

  • You gotta come to the truth of knowing who you are and why you're here.

  • William Barkley, he said, the greatest two days in anyone's life --

  • they day you were born, and the day you knew why.

  • So, "Uh, you're ugly".

  • No, I'm beautiful the way that I am

  • and if you can't believe that for yourself

  • so many girls, specially, stay with their emotionally abusive boyfriends

  • because, "If I break up with him, then who is going to want me? "

  • See, we all want love.

  • That's why we do what we do sometimes.

  • To get into the crowd -- I am going to swear, I am going to be cool --

  • that's what this world is --

  • "I want to look like her, if I was taller, shorter, smarter, more popular" --

  • whatever you want, it's not enough.

  • Until you find the truth.

  • I'm wonderfully and faithfully made.

  • There is a greater purpose for my life.

  • I am here for a reason.

  • Sure, I didn't get a miracle.

  • Yeah, I believe in a God who can do miracles

  • and I have a pair of shoes in my closet.

  • Why? I've seen blind people seeing and deaf people hearing.

  • That's fine if you don't believe me, I've got it on camera.

  • But I realized something.

  • If God doesn't change my circumstances

  • he's gonna use my life to be a miracle for someone else.

  • When you don't get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else.

  • I'm gonna close off with this beautiful story.

  • I was in Southern California --

  • I have 2 organizations,

  • a non-profit organization and I have a for-profit.

  • I probably spoke between years 2007 and 2010, 1000 times, 600 flights.

  • And I've spoken to 4.5 million people face to face

  • and in the last 48 hours here in Serbia, we've reached 5 million through media.

  • So, we have the heart of people to love others.

  • We want people to love each other, love yourself

  • dream big and never give up.

  • We are all looking for hope, aren't we?

  • What are you looking for?

  • Money, drugs, sex, alcohol, pornography, fame, fortune.

  • Never satisfies.

  • It's never enough.

  • But I have come to peace, so check this out.

  • When I was 24 years old, 5-6 years ago, I was in California.

  • And I'd never met anybody else like me.

  • When I was 10 years old, I wished I would have met somebody like me.

  • Never did, didn't get that miracle.

  • But at 24, in Califronia, I saw a little boy

  • with no arms and no legs, 19 months old, just like me.

  • I knew he was going to be bullied,

  • he was going to go through depression, he would feel alone,

  • I knew that he would get worried if he's ever going to have a girlfriend

  • and so on, and so on.

  • I got the father to bring him up on stage in front of 2000 people.

  • And everyone was crying.

  • And it was a materialization of when you don't get a miracle,

  • you can be a miracle for someone else.

  • I am not a superhero, I go through ups and downs, so do you.

  • But take one day at a time

  • and if you haven't found that piece of knowing who you are and why you're here

  • and where you're going when you're not here.

  • For me, I want you to know that's how I've overcome.

  • I don't have any walls.

  • My book's called "Life without limits" and what will be, will be.