#2 Nick Vujicic
“It’s a lie to think you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think you’re not worth anything.” – Nick Vujicic
Can you imagine spending a day without your arms and legs? Meet Nick Vujicic who lives without limbs every day. He is a well-known motivational speaker, evangelist and the President & CEO of the international non-profit Life Without Limbs (LWL). He is one of the most inspiring people alive that you must know about.
A life full of challenges
Nicholas James Vujicic was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia without arms and legs due to a rare disorder known as tetra-amelia syndrome. However, he has not let that stop him from living his life fully. Nick faced and overcame of all of life’s challenges through his faith in God, hope and inner strength.
After he was born, his father had fainted and his mother refused to hold him for 4 months. The doctors said that Nick would live his entire life like a “vegetable”. However, he proved them wrong through his hardwork and sheer determination. From an early age he learned how to write, operate a computer using his toes and use an electric wheelchair. His parents decided to send him to a public school instead of a school for children with special needs. During his time at school, he was constantly teased and bullied for his condition.
Finding positivity through failure
As a result, he grew up with depression and was seriously stressed and hopeless. He quickly became suicidal and attempted to drown himself in the bathtub. After several failed suicide attempts, he eventually changed his mind and adopted a more positive attitude for his loved ones.
“The greater the struggle the more glorious the triumph” – Nick Vujicic
After being inspired by his school janitor when he was a teenager, Nick decided to become a speaker and wanted to motivate others like him by sharing his story and spreading hope. Nick became a public speaker at the age of 19 and has traveled across the globe inspiring millions of people. Today he has become a popular motivational speaker, an actor, a musician and a bestselling author. In 2005, he founded his non-profit ministry Life Without Limbs were he acts as the current President & CEO. Today he lives his life to the fullest and enjoy extreme sports like skydiving and surfing. Nick teaches us that we can achieve anything with the right mindset and attitude.
“If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?” – Nick Vujicic
#3 Inky Johnson
“Sometimes your prayers aren’t answered because you’re worth more than you’re asking for.” – Inky Johnson
Undoubtedly one of the most inspiring people alive today, Inky Johnson is a former football player, author and motivational leader. Born and raised in Kirkwood, Inky was surrounded by violence, crime and drugs in his neighbourhood. He lived in his grandmother’s two-bedroom house and shared it with 13 other family members. He usually slept on the floor along with his other housemates as well as rats and cockroaches.
Choosing to shine
At a very early age, Inky realized he needed to get out of this negative environment dominated by crime and become someone of value. He chose to inspire his family members through his actions. He chose not to sell drugs or take part in gang violence like his relatives. He had a dream of playing for the NFL as it would help him and his family get out of this situation. Soon Inky started training and would race every night with his cousin on the street. One day he was spotted by a Football coach and was offered free training for his dedication to the sport.
“You are never supposed to wish for it more than you are willing to work for it. Your expectations are never supposed to exceed your effort.” – Inky Johnson
Inky trained hard on a daily basis and practiced drill all by himself in the dark after training was over. As he grew up, he pursued a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee and played as cornerback for the college football team. He was often ridiculed for his size by his college mates. However, he kept struggling and was among the top 30 draft picks. His coach confirmed that he would become a multi-millionaire after playing the season.
However, life had other plans for Inky. After winning his first game, he suffered a life-threatening injury from a routine tackle that left him paralyzed. The injury caused nerve damage ending his football career. With his dream of playing in the NFL completely shattered, Inky felt lost and depressed.
“It’s not about the product, it’s the process.” – Inky Johnson
But soon he realized it was not about the outcome, it was not about the product. It was always about the process. One process was over. But there were still many other processes left open. He still wanted to change the life of his cousins and his family. So he decided to turn his life around and became a motivational speaker by sharing his story with other athletes.
Today Inky Johnson is one of the leading speakers who inspires millions of professional athletes and entrepreneurs. He is a charismatic individual full of life and will power who lives his life with passion. He teaches us that we might not always get what we want, but we can always make the most of what we got. The most important thing is you always believe in yourself.
“Life is going to hit you with a certain level of opposition. It’s going to test your will, it’s going to test your heart. Life is going to say to you… you said you want it, now lets see how bad you really want it.” – Inky Johnson