Nick Vujicic on Overcoming Hopelessness – TED Talk Transcript

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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 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 got to 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.

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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, I want to like… 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 circumstance, he’s going to 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 going to close off with this beautiful story.

I was in Southern California — I have 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.

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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’m 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 California, 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. I’ve acted in a short film, 30 awards. I got best actor in a short film. I’ve done my own music video.

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I’ve written 2 books, first book — 30 languages, 800,000 copies. I’m 29 and we know a billion people know who I am.

Not to bring out my pride or my name or my status, trust me, I’m just like you. But I hope you are inspired to know that if I can dream big, then so can you. There are no walls. Find your peace and you’ll make your walls doors. Thank you so much.