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kid reporter cassandra hsiao and Nick Vujicic Kid Reporter Cassandra Hsiao with Nick Vujicic and a copy of his book Without Limits in Los Angeles on October 2. (Photo courtesy Cassandra Hsiao)

From No Limbs to No Limits

Nick Vujicic shares his advice for overcoming bullying and the bullying epidemic

By Cassandra Hsiao | October 18 , 2011

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs. He overcame his disability and now at 28 years old is an international motivational speaker. He speaks to millions of people, both in person and through his books. His latest book, Life Without Limits, has a powerful message of building a life of fulfillment and happiness.

Vujicic always has a smile on his face. But when he was a kid he struggled with self-esteem issues. He prayed a lot and wondered why he was different from other kids. His family and friends encouraged him and helped him overcome his obstacles.

"If it wasn't for my family and friends, I would not have been here," Vujicic told the Kids Press Corps in early October. "They were the ones who believed in me and loved me. They told me that God has a plan for me."

Even so, Vujicic still had to deal with depression, loneliness, and bullying. People mocked him for being different.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and Vujicic knows the harm bullying can do. Bullying was the main reason why Vujicic tried to commit suicide when he was ten by drowning himself in a bathtub.

"A lot of people don't understand that bullying is a major problem," Vujicic said. "There are people dying. And if people don't commit suicide, they're still dead on the inside."

Many bullies torment others, he said, because they have low self-esteem and are insecure. Like the people they bully, they don't know who they're supposed to be, either. The only thing that makes them feel like they have self-worth is pushing other people around.

"It's very cowardly to tease," continued Vujicic. "It's scary. It's hard to stop."

But it's not impossible.

Confronting bullying can be a difficult and scary thing. But Vujicic said that taking life one day at a time is the best path forward. It's going to get better.

He conquered his battles by coming back to the truth of who he is.

"I know that my value is not determined by how I look, what I can't do, or how many friends I have," he said. "I'm Nick Vujicic and there's not another Nick Vujicic out there."

Today, he works to help others find their own personal truths and overcome bullying — whatever form it takes.

Visit his webiste for more information about Vujicic and his campaign to end the bullying epidemic.

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Kid Reporters are talking to  kids, parents, teachers, and stars about how to prevent bullying and keep it out of kids' lives. Find all of their stories in the Stand Up to Bullying Special Report.

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