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by steven daniel
Vujicic getting animated during the talk.
SOME students were in tears after listening to the life story of Nick Vujicic, who was born without limbs.
More than 500 students and teachers were invited to attend a talk by the world-renowned speaker.
It was held at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the YTL Foundation.
Inspiring Dreams: An Afternoon with Nick Vujicic gave the students and teachers from all over the Klang Valley a chance to listen to the man who has inspired many with his life story.
Vujicic, who wore a grey T-shirt, used a table to deliver his talk that
was peppered with jokes mostly poking fun of himself.
Nick told the crowd that they should not try so hard to conform to the standards of society and fit in with their peers, especially their bad habits.
“You don’t need to try to be someone else just so that you can fit in. You are beautiful on your own and that is your powerful gift. If you are always looking for the approval of others, you will then be seeking for it all your life.
“I am my biggest danger if I put a limit to myself. If I allowed my disability to be a hindrance all those many years ago, I would not be here speaking to you now or get 28,000 invitations to speak at various venues across the world,” he said.
Other than overcoming challenges, he also spoke about bullying, growing up with his disability, disappointments, depression, managing stress, love, becoming a father and his attempt at suicide.
He views his disability as a gift from God to be used to inspire others worldwide.
“Motivation gets you through the day, but inspiration lasts a lifetime and I thank God that He made me this way because I can be a source of inspiration for others,” he said.
Also in attendance were more than 100 underprivileged students from the Dignity for Children Foundation, the Home of Peace, The Edge Foundation and SMPK Setapak — a school for visually impaired students who are completely or partially blind.
More than 90 students from high-need Teach For Malaysia schools were also invited to the special talk while the rest of the audience comprised teachers and students from FrogAsia’s 1BestariNet Champion Schools, staff from Teach for Malaysia and students from the six Interact Clubs that make up the Interact Coordinating Committee Petaling Jaya (ICCPJ).
At the end of his talk, during the question-and-answer session, several students and teachers thanked him for his words of inspiration that had impacted their life.
Some of the students were crying while others went up to give Vujicic a hug.
One teacher said she felt invigorated to continue to teach and help raise tomorrow’s leaders.
P. Shalini, from SMK Convent Sentul, said she felt very motivated to study hard and not be lazy.
Teacher Wan Khalijah, 28, it was a dream come true to meet Vujicic in the flesh, having listened to his talks via YouTube.
“He is truly an inspiring man. For an educator such as myself, I truly feel motivated to change my attitude and do much more for my students,” she said.
Meanwhile, YTL Group Legal Counsel Datin Kathleen Chew said it was an honour and a privilege to host Vujicic and to invite children to listen to him.
“I had the chance to meet Nick two years ago and knew that his type of motivational talk was perfect for inspiring people of all ages in Malaysia.
“I myself was deeply touched and almost in tears when I heard the heartfelt messages told by the students and teachers on how they wish to improve their lives after listening to Nick’s talk,” she said.
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