Believe In Yourself

by Lance Ekum on · 69 comments

“Suc­cess means hav­ing the courage, the deter­mi­na­tion, and the will to become the per­son you believe you were meant to be” ~ George Sheehan

Today I’m shar­ing a video of Nick Vuji­cic, a real exam­ple of believ­ing in your­self, and of not giv­ing up.  If you do only one thing today, watch this video — take five min­utes from your day.  You will come away inspired by what is pos­si­ble, by what can be if you keep on try­ing, by what truly liv­ing life is all about!

Believe In Yourself

Some­times life has a way of giv­ing us some­thing we don’t nec­es­sar­ily want.  And that “some­thing” might knock us down.  What do you do when this hap­pens?  When you’re knocked down, beat up, and feel like you’ve tried everything?

Keep on try­ing.  You CAN get back up.  Maybe it won’t be up in the same direc­tion you were orig­i­nally going.  But then, maybe it will be a new way to of get­ting up alto­gether.  Who knows what you will dis­cover about your­self and what you are capa­ble of if , when you fail and when you get knocked down in life, you keep work­ing at get­ting back up.

Amaz­ing abil­i­ties are within each of us!  If we can just believe in our­selves, even when it seems like things just aren’t going our way.  Even when we’ve tried so many times, and keep on fail­ing.  Even when life seems unfair.

Even with all of this, you all have awe­some tal­ents and trea­sures within, wait­ing to come out.  Let them free!  Let your true col­ors shine, let your spirit say “I will”, let your life be an exam­ple of what is possible!

Believe!  In your­self.  In oth­ers.  In hope for our world.

Nick is a shin­ing exam­ple of a true belief in him­self, and of a real love for life.  Be that shin­ing exam­ple in your world today!

I want to extend spe­cial thanks to a cou­ple of peo­ple.  First off to my good friend and reg­u­lar com­menter here, Lau­rie, for point­ing me in the direc­tion of this inspir­ing video.  And sec­ondly, to Jamie, from Blue Duck Copy, who shared another video of Nick recently in her post enti­tled “The Cure for Depres­sion: Nick Vuji­cic” — one more pow­er­ful and inspir­ing exam­ple of Nick in action.

You can learn more about Nick and the amaz­ing work he is doing through­out the world, at his Life With­out Limbs website.

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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MizFit November 11, 2008 at 5:32 am

off to read the sites you linked as I know if YOU LIKE THEM then I shall as well.

this believing in ourselves can be a tough road some days…

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Jenny Mannion November 11, 2008 at 6:49 am

Hi Lance,
Thank you so much for this. I have seen a shorter video of Nick before but this one truly is even more amazing. What a wonderful way to start the day — filled with inspiration! I have been having my own doubts with my invention that I have spent the last 5 years on and this is JUST what I needed to see to convince me to hang in there and to realize I should be embracing each failure because I have learned so much along the way. I know things will work out the way they are meant to and will relax and just be grateful for the opportunity and journey. Thank you Lance! I send you a big virtual hug for the inspiration and for helping me begin my day with a HUGE smile on my face and new determination! Love, Jenny

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Julie November 11, 2008 at 6:56 am

Oh, Lance, this is so timely for me. A dear loved one is struggling (and alternately hiding and lashing out in her struggle) and I just didn’t know what to do. Although I couldn’t access your video, I did read Nick’s site and then went to Laurie’s. Her words jumped out at me: “I am a firm believer that love from others, and a genuine love for others is the best treatment for depression.” Now, thanks to you and Nick and Laurie, I know what to do to help (of course, deep inside, I always did know) and I have the courage to do it. Thank you, Lance.

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Betsy Wuebker November 11, 2008 at 7:45 am

Isn’t Nick the most amazing?!? However, you really should put up a KLEENEX ALERT – after I forwarded one of Nick’s videos I got a lot of return emails suggesting the warning. Being other directed, as Julie pointed out, gets our focus off our own pity party. Thanks for passing this on.

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Laurie November 11, 2008 at 8:17 am

One of the things Nick says in one of his videos is that we should not compare sufferings. I believe he is right. Pain is pain, struggle is struggle. He might be just at inspired by some of the perseverance through struggle with the people in this community. So never forget that you can persevere. As long as you have breath you have hope. You never know who you will inspire or what life you will gift.

I tend to get overwhelmed with the struggles of my past. Watching Nick reminds me not to dwell in the pains of the past put to persevere and believe in myself to make my present and my future all I want it to be. I am, after all, “fearfully and wonderfully made”. I am not a mistake. I have been given the ability, with God’s help and strength, to live a life full or passion and blessings. So have you all. Peace and grace.

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Dave Jones, CPA November 11, 2008 at 8:50 am

Wow…what a powerful video and an amazing guy. I am speechless!

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Jamie Simmerman November 11, 2008 at 9:26 am

Wonderfully written post, Lance. For me, Nick is a motivator beyond all others. I think, “If that man can get out of bed and face another day, so can I.”

His addition to the One Month to Live series was phenomenal. I hear he was in my area a few months back. I’m hoping I’ll catch hm on his next visit to Ohio. I want one of those infamous hugs. :)

Jamie Simmerman´s last blog post..The Unseen Struggle

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Writer Dad November 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

I’ve seen a couple videos of Nick. This is the most amazing. Nothing should ever hold us back, at least not with permanence.

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Tim Rosanelli November 11, 2008 at 9:43 am

This is awe inspiring!

Thank you for the post.

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rummuser November 11, 2008 at 10:37 am

This is a wonderful video that needs much wider distribution. I am doing my bit. I have known some cases of similar nature, not quite without limbs, but people with MS who have handled their adversities with courage and dignity – much more so than normal people do with their day to day petty problems. I have always thought that such adversity brings out something quite unlike anything that we so called normal people are capable of.

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bobbi November 11, 2008 at 10:43 am

Hi Lance! I was introduced to Nick about a month ago in our ONE MONTH TO LIVE STUDY, wow…I am so inspired, and just amazed….

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Karl - Work Happy Now November 11, 2008 at 11:02 am

What a fantastic 5 minute video. Nick has no arms and no legs, but manages to motivate people to be their best.

There are days that I get down on myself, feeling sorry for where I’m at in life. This doesn’t usually last long and it’s stories like Nick’s that inspire me to be stronger. I know that I have a lot of give back to this world and I’m determined to give it my all.

Thanks for an awesome boost of inspiration.

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meleah rebeccah November 11, 2008 at 11:04 am

“Amazing abilities are within each of us! If we can just believe in ourselves, even when it seems like things just aren’t going our way”

I am RUNNING with that advice.

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Ross November 11, 2008 at 11:31 am

Yeah, really great.. really inspiring… Lost for words actually. It really puts our own “problems” into perspective doesn’t it.

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Maya November 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Lance,

I took 5 minutes and I am more than inspired.
Thank you so much.

I hope to have the strength to get up when I fall. I hope to keep trying.
I am committing to my startup as I type this – I am scared but I think I will succeed, no matter what. I believe in myself. Thank you.

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Mindful Mimi November 11, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Wow Lance, that video just moved me to tears. I hope you meant to spread the word of hope and don’t mind me putting on my blog as well. Thanks.
I do feel inspired and pushed now. I was a bit down for silly, unimportant reasons. I know they are not worth fretting about. And yet, once in every while one gets deviated from the course and just sits there moaning. These kind of people bring you to get up again indeed.
Thanks for sharing.
Mimi

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Mark November 11, 2008 at 1:40 pm

“Keep on trying. You CAN get back up. Maybe it won’t be up in the same direction you were originally going. But then, maybe it will be a new way to of getting up altogether.” Such a truthful statement….tghis one hits home. Checking out the links. Thanks Lance!

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Nap Warden November 11, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Well, that was inspirational! I wasn’t going to watch, came back, and I’m glad I did:)

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Davina November 11, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Hi Lance. Thanks for sharing this. I realized that I am doing it (not giving up) and have been forgetting to pat myself on the back for that. This video goes to show that we can choose our perspectives outside of what our circumstances are. What struck me the most was realizing what it would be like to never be able to wrap my arms around another human being and hug them. One of the simple things in life that I’d taken for granted.

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Jennifer November 11, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Thank you so much Lance for this video. It is definitely worth the 5 minutes I took to watch it. I’ve never heard of Nick before so thank you for this wonderful introduction.

You might not believe this, but this song, “Don’t worry. Be happy.” either popped in my head last night or this morning, just from nowhere. I just started singing it. Maybe it came into my head because of Chris’ grandma. After attending her funeral I was reminded of how happy she always was. The emphasis is on the word always. And she always signed all of her cards with “Be happy.”

This video was such a motivation to keep on keeping on. 90% of failure comes from quitting. It’s up to us whether we give up or not. We all do have greatness within us. We only have to let it out.

Thank you Lance. You are such an inspiration!

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Audra Krell November 11, 2008 at 2:24 pm

I think we spend a lot of time wishing, hoping and denying that we have been handed some things we don’t want. What a waste of time and energy. We must stop fighting reality and see how we can learn and grow from the opportunities given to us.

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Bamboo Forest November 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm

I have always believed that belief in oneself is the raw ingredient of success. Your actions stem from your belief.

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Rachel November 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Man, that guy is awesome. Brought some tears to my eyes today. Makes all of our lifes miseries seem ridiculous doesn’t it?

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Vered November 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Thank you, Lance. I am crying right now in a good, cleansing, empowering way.

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Stacey Shipman November 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm

That video did two things for me – brought tears to my eyes and made me angry. Angry because many of us have the ability to walk and move our arms, to get up everyday and hug our loved ones, feed ourselves, make our coffee, and get to work without struggle. And yet, we get up and head to work or start our day doing nothing but complaining. We even complain about people who teach us about the power of positive thinking! Stop the madness, I say (there has been a post stirring in me about that). We only have this one life (that we know of!), why not make the best of it. Nick certainly is.

Thank you for sharing I had not heard of Nick.

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Lance November 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm

@MizFit – Yes…some days…believing in ourselves can be difficult – and then we’re reminded of the obstacles others, like Nick, have overcome – and realize just how much we “don’t” have to overcome… Enjoy your visit over to see Jamie, she is awesome!

@Jenny Mannion – Your welcome Jenny, but the thanks really go to the two super ladies I mentioned in the post – Laurie and Jamie. Do hang in there Jenny, do continue to believe… Embracing our failures – and learning along the way – it’s easy to say this, and another thing altogether to really “do” this. I know you can Jenny! And, thank you for the great big virtual hug…I’m taking it all in right now!

@Julie – I’m so glad this is helping you with your loved one Julie. Those are very meaningful words that Jamie has on her site about giving and receiving love – and how this can help to deal with depression. Love is so powerful…

@Betsy – Nick is incredibly amazing – to have overcome what he has, and continue to have such a positive outlook on life – this really is a wonderful story Betsy! Kleenex alert – I guess I missed that! Being other directed – yes, this really does get us to forget about our own problems, no matter what they are – as Nick has so beautifully shown.

@Laurie – Thank you so much, Laurie, for pointing me to this video. Nick is such a great example of overcoming obstacles in our lives – what an amazing story! Wow, not compare sufferings! He is also such a humble person – I have a hard time even considering this, and yet – I see his point. Suffering is suffering – no matter what it is. And, yes – when I think of the struggles that I have – and then think of this story of hope – I am hard-pressed to think that my struggles are really struggles at all. What a reminder he is that we “can” get beyond what our struggle are, we can overcome obstacle that life throws at us, we can believe in ourselves! Thanks Laurie, for inspiring so many with this story you’ve shared today!

@Dave Jones – This is such a powerful example of believing in ourselves, and of overcoming obstacles – such an inspiring story!

@Jamie Simmerman – Jamie, thank you, as well – for first introducing me to Nick, through your site. I was in awe when I first saw the video you have up. It was my first introduction to this fine human being. Yes, if he can face each day, and with a smile on his face — what, at all, do we have to even complain about? You started this Jamie, thank you for spreading the word on all this man is doing!

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Lance November 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm

@Writer Dad – This is a very moving video, and one that really brings me down to where I really tell myself I need to strip away the layers of “woe is me” – and live my life the way I desire. And believe that all “is” posssible – that I can overcome. Thanks Sean.

@Tim Rosanelli – Your welcome, it really is an inspiring and moving story like no other!

@Rummuser – Yes, this is a story that can only benefit all those who see it. Continue to share the stories you know, Ramana. Nick is but one example of many who are doing great things under what would seem like insurmountable odds. And, I love your other point – about how these people, who seeming suffer from much, do great works with dignity and courage. We can all learn so much from this attitude – really an attitude of gratitude!

@Bobbi – That is so neat, you are already familiar with Nick – he is so amazing! I believe that Jamie, who originally introduced me to Nick, also learned of him through the “One Month to Live” study. I don’t really know much about that program, but just by it’s name, and the connection to Nick – it has to have been a very moving experience.

@Karl – I think this just goes to show, motivation comes from within. There are days when I feel down too (I think we all have them…) – and yes, stories like this we hear from Nick – really do motivate us to believe in ourselves, to lift us up, and to help us to soar like we were meant to! And, I’ll say that Laurie was glad to provide the motivation today – I was just a conduit to get the information out…

@Meleah – It’s there, Meleah – within you – many very amazing abilities!

@Ross – Yes, it really does put our so-called problems into perspective. If Nick can overcome what he has, we can overcome all the smaller stuff we consider issues in our lives can’t we! And this really is a great reminder of that…

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Lance November 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm

@Maya – I think it’s hard not to be inspired after watching this – it’s just such a powerful story of hope! You believe in “you” Maya – and that’s really the first step in much success in all your endeavors! You will do well. And you will get back up when you fall. And you’ll reach great heights!

@Mindful Mimi – Yes, please share this – spread the word Mimi! The more people that see this, the better. I hear you loud and clear about our problems seeming silly and unimportant. After seeing this video, it’s just really hard to think of the minor “things” in our lives as being something we can’t overcome. Nick’s story is a great reminder that, no matter what our situation, there is much good that can come from it – if we have the right attitude.

@Mark – Yes, check out the links – it’s all great stuff. A big plug for Laurie and Jamie here again – they really made this post happen! Keep at it Mark!!

@Nap Warden – It is such an inspirational story. I, too, find myself skipping over sometimes if there is a video, thinking it will take too long to watch – that is not the case here. This is worth every minute of viewing.

@Davina – Keep at it Davina (the not giving up)! The pat on the back is well-deserved! And, never being able to wrap our arms around someone – I hadn’t thought about that – but I bet Nick still loves receiving all the hugs he gets, even if he can’t wrap arms around someone else… we do take many things for granted…

@Jennifer – It is SO worth the five minutes! Nick was new to me until recently, too, when I was introduced on Jamie’s site. Check her stuff out, I think you’ll like it very much! The song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – coincidence (reminds me of something Jamie said to me recently)? I don’t think so. It’s all part of how this day is playing out for you Jennifer – and that song – and remembering Chris’ grandmother – are an important part of this day. Be happy. I think that describes you pretty well too! Failure from quitting – how true. If we just “get up” one more time. If we just try again. The greatness is there in all of us! Yes it is!! And thank you, Jennifer for your kind words, once again. I’m passing them on, though – to Laurie and Jamie – the real inspiration to this story today!

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Lance November 11, 2008 at 7:13 pm

@Audra – Great point Audra — sometimes we just need to get over the cards we’ve been dealt, and just play with what we have. Nick is just a perfect example of this. Many would say that life has treated him unfairly – but just look at the attitude he has! If we can all be just a little bit closer to this “ok” when we have issues in our life, just think how much more wonderful our world would be! Thanks Audra!

@Bamboo Forest – Believing in ones self – exactly what Nick is demonstrating, isn’t it! If we all did this more…

@Rachel – This guy is way awesome! And yes…when we think of the “miseries” in our lives – they pale in comparison. What, really, do we have to complain about? When this gentlemen is dealing with no limbs at all, and really living a life of abundance…

@Vered – Nick, and the powerful message he shares – has a way of cleansing us…He is an amazing and inspiring example of what IS possible!

@Stacey Shipman – I love what you’ve shared today Stacey. Well, I love it, and it saddens me. I love that this made you angry – angry about a world where we let our petty concerns dominate way too much of our thoughts and actions. I love that you’ve brought this point up – that we should be aware that there are many less fortunate than us (all the Nick’s of the world) who live a life with a far better attitude than us who have so much. And yet, this all saddens me too. Sad in the fact that what you say is true. Saddened by the fact, that, while watching this video may change a few people for the better – a vast majority of people will never see this, nor want to see it. Or that people will see it, and then forget about it as they go about their days – dealing with traffic, or screaming kids, or an upset customer, or a broken nail, or a spilled cup of coffee… Stacey, thank you again for this comment. If you get a chance, check out what Jamie has to say, in the links I’ve included – she has been a real supporter of Nick, and my first introduction to him.

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Evelyn Lim November 11, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I watched this video a couple of days ago. Nick is so amazing!! Yes…he sure can teach us a lot about believing in ourselves. I’m going to show the video to my kids too!! Thanks for featuring it here!

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Barbara Swafford November 11, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Hi Lance – I watched the video with tears in my eyes, but what I noticed is Nick’s eyes sparkle. He loves life, lives life and teaches others to do the same. He’s amazing. It was great to see him teaching the young that anything is possible. I pray they take the lessons they learned from him into their adult lives.

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francisonline November 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm

astounding!

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Liara Covert November 12, 2008 at 1:06 am

I like how you remind your visitors to ‘read between the lines.’ After all, there is no such thing as failure until you put that label on some feeling you have yet to truly understand. You can choose to reframe, rebuild, re-evaluate all that you are. It is a simple decision that comes from you. Nobody is living your life for you. If someone happens to believe that is the case, then this is an opportunity to rediscover the power each human being exerts over his or her life. To take responsibility for your role in everything you experience is a major step forward.

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Lance November 12, 2008 at 7:28 am

@Evelyn – Yes, Nick is really an amazing individual! We can all learn from it, kids and adults alike – I’m sure your children will get much from this. Especially if they are anything like their mother (which I know they are)!

@Barbara – He does sparkle, doesn’t he! Yes, hopefully the young adults in the video come away with something very special from this – it’s such a message of hope that is so good for everyone to hear!

@Francisonline – Thank you!

@Liara Covert – Right, we have to live our lives, no one else will do that for us. And we can decide how to live that life – no matter what our condition in life. Yes, we all must take responsibility for how we experience life – and it should be no other way – that is the way to true living. And to do this with a can-do attitude, like Nick represents, just makes life that much grander! Thank you Liara for this.

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ru4real November 12, 2008 at 7:45 am

Thanks SO much for sharing this video. I watched it with my teenage daughter, who sometimes feels overwhelmed with her circumstances. I think it spoke volumes that I could never have spoken to her.

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Suzie November 12, 2008 at 8:51 am

Great thoughts. Ill keep it in mind today

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Tom Volkar / Delightful Work November 12, 2008 at 9:10 am

Thanks for the lift Lance. I’m feeling pretty good these days and watching Nick really got me to a place of even greater inspiration and gratitude. He may not have lin mbs but that guy sure gets more hugs than most of us do.

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Munchkins and Music November 12, 2008 at 10:42 am

Very inspiring, thank you!

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Cath Lawson November 12, 2008 at 10:49 am

Hi Lance – I first saw one of Nick’s videos at the weekend. He is so inspiring. And as you say, seeing what he has achieved against the odds makes you realise that anything is possible.

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Kim Woodbridge November 12, 2008 at 11:29 am

Hi Lance,

I have not heard of Nick before. Thank you so much for sharing this. I really needed it today.

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Ian November 12, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Thank you for sharing that. I had never seen Nick before this post. Truly inspirational and a testament to the power of believing in yourself and life.

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Marelisa November 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Hi Lance: Nick is unbelievable, and it’s great to watch how he affects kids. In many ways he’s more blessed than a lot of people because he’s found a way to be happy and find true meaning in life. He’s devoting his life to teach others to get back up again each time they fall, and that’s a truly valuable lesson.

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Lance November 12, 2008 at 4:40 pm

@ru4real – This is the true power of something like this, thank you for sharing your experience! How awesome if this gets through to someone in a way we cannot!

@Suzie – Thanks!

@Tom – Yep, that’s what Nick sure does – takes us to a better place, no matter where we are – in desperation, in good times, in great times – he has a real way of taking us to that next level!

@Munchkins and Music – Your welcome!

@Cath – Yes, if he can do what he has done, with the odds he has had to face – what is stopping us from getting up again, from believing in ourselves, and really going after what we want! He is very inspiring!

@Kim – I’m so glad this was helpful for you Kim! I think it is for most who see it, no matter what their current situation. He shares such a powerful message of hope!

@Ian – Yes, it really is so motivational, and shows what IS possible if we believe!

@Marelisa – Yes, a great point about kids Mare. Sometimes, parents don’t get through to them, or teachers don’t get through – and then someone like Nick comes along – and it’s just a whole different approach from the kids viewpoint – and can have such a powerful affect on them. Such great lessons, and such an indomitable attitude…

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Jannie November 12, 2008 at 5:56 pm

You know, pretty much all the negative life events (except for people up and dying on me,) have actually turned out to be positives, altho at the time they seemed like disasters!

(P.S. No, I am no longer into you-know-what flinging (from my post today) due to a bizarre knitting accident but I am starting to fill up all that extra time with Madlibs ;) )

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Kelly@SHE-POWER November 12, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Crap. the video is gone. I’ll have to go check out his site.

I liked the gist of the post though. Belief is a powerful thing. Add that to perseverance and a never say die attitude and you’ll always be one of life’s winners.

Kelly

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Ricardo Bueno November 13, 2008 at 6:15 am

@Lance: Nick inspired me. Period! I mean it’s easy to make excuses about ‘this’ or ‘that’ and say that things are hard. But did you see the outlook that he has given all circumstances? Nothing to complain about because life is just great. And it is! Or at least it could be if you have just the right outlook.

Part of that comes with embracing the good (something Nick does so well). Finding that one thing, the joy, that makes you passionate about everything else. I’m making it a goal of mine to embrace the good everyday. No excuses, no complaining… Just acting on what I want my life to be.

Thank you Lance for sharing this bit of inspiration!

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scott November 13, 2008 at 6:24 am

Is it wrong when a dudes post makes another dude tear up? :) I was completely amazed by the video. It truly is a testament to what we mere humans can do, regardless of what life deals us.

I don’t know Nick’s complete history, but I’m going to make a guess at something. Something that we should all do. I don’t think the importance of being “knocked down” is just getting back up. I’m sure he was knocked down on more occasions than I care to take a stab at. I bet, though, he got up very quickly. It’s what he did NEXT that was the key. Again, just a guess.

So many times I’ve been knocked down, popped up right away, and took off immediately. Not even stopping to take the time to shake the dust off. Only to get knocked back down a very short time later.

So, yes, for heavens sake get up. Get up quickly even. But just take some time to shake the dust off, figure out what just tripped you up, and even determine if what you were going for was even worth the trip. Then continue your journey.

Your post was awe inspiring. Thanks so much!

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Blake November 13, 2008 at 9:52 am

great video. Thanks for your words of inspiration as well.

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Grace November 13, 2008 at 10:02 am

Lance,
Thanks for the reminder. I believe fully in the power of intentional thought. I have seen it work so well with youngsters and those who are in a Blue Funk. Sometimes you don’t even have to say anything, just project positive thoughts their direction.

Now, belief in oneself? THAT takes a little more effort! G.

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Caroline November 13, 2008 at 10:42 am

I am not sure what to say… That was amazing and inspiring…beyond words. Thank you so much for posting this today!

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Biz November 13, 2008 at 11:00 am

That’s for that post – I needed that today! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the minutia of life – that video makes me thankful for what I do have, not what I don’t.

A loving husband, healthy kids, a roof over my head and food on my table. Life is grand!

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Tabitha November 13, 2008 at 12:04 pm

You have made such a HUGE impact in the life of a woman living with disability (I dislike that word). Thank you for introducing me to Nick!

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Lance November 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm

@Jannie – That’s an excellent point Jannie, what seems “negative” oftentimes ends up being a positive – especially if we have the right attitude! Bizarre knitting accident??? And, I know what you fling (and it’s not knitting needles…)…what’s the story here??

@Kelly – Video is fixed now (with a slightly different one, but basically the same) – sorry about that. If you get back, check it out now…Nick is a true example of coming out a winner in life – an amazing individual!

@Ricardo – No kidding Ricardo – this guy’s got an unbelievable attitude – makes anything we “complain” about seem pretty small. Nick really does embrace the good in his life, and because of that he just continues to spread good everywhere he goes. I think you’re already there Ricardo, embracing the good – you sure come across that way. Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

@Scott – I think, in this case, no – not at all – tears are perfectly ok. It’s hard not to… And, Scott, thanks for sharing that excellent point. Sometimes when we fall down, we get back up and just keep doing the same thing – or end up falling down as we go down a path that’s not “right” for us. It IS important that we take the time to “shake the dust off” as you say – and really see if we’re going in the direction we desire. Thanks much for that viewpoint – it really adds to this story!

@Blake – Your welcome, this is truly an inspirational story of hope!

@Grace – Yes, sometimes believing in ourselves isn’t always the easiest thing to do, is it Grace…and then we see stories like this, and it’s just so uplifting. I wish you well on your journey…

@Caroline – Your welcome Caroline. There is so much inspiration in what this man is doing with his life!

@Biz – Glad this helped you today Biz! We are blessed with so much – even if, at times, it seems like we’re not. Nick really drives this point home with how he has embraced life in spite of the many hardships life has dealt him…

@Tabitha – Your welcome Tabitha, and thank you so much for your kind words – I am humbled by them, and am honored to have shared this introduction to one amazing person.

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Diana Rupert November 14, 2008 at 6:05 am

Thanks for the post. I saw a video of Nick before. It was really inspiring and motivating. Like what i have read believe in yourself. Overcome your weaknesses and always focus in your goals.

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Stephen Hopson November 14, 2008 at 6:07 am

This is the 2nd video I’ve seen with Nick in it. I had posted one of his earlier videos on my blog – it showed him going about doing his daily activities that most of us take for granted.

I wish I knew what he was saying because he obviously had a powerful impact on the kids, making them laugh and cry. Do you know of a transcript somewhere? I am an inspirational speaker too so I’m very interested in knowing exactly what he’s saying to provoke such a strong emotional response.

Anyone?

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Stacey / Create a Balance November 14, 2008 at 10:09 am

Thank you for the introduction to this remarkable man. We are all gorgeous and have so much to share with the world. Game On! Thank Lance.

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Dali Burgado November 14, 2008 at 11:54 am

What a true inspiration!

It is true that so many of us don’t think to be grateful for all the blessings we have because we want more.

Love the “Attitude of Gratitude” and zest for life that Nick has.

I had to fight back a tear.

Wonderful inspiration! I appreciate you sharing his story.

Dali Burgado

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AverageGal November 14, 2008 at 3:42 pm

How amazing! What a great way to bring someone back to earth – I’m so blessed and many times get caught up in the “little things”. What an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing!

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Lance November 14, 2008 at 7:45 pm

@Diana – His story is so inspiring, because of the obstacles he has overcome, and his attitude through it all! He is an amazing individual!

@Stephen – I’ll see if I can find a transcript of what was being said – it is really powerful, his message. If I find something, I’ll send it over. Even just in pictures, seeing what he has overcome – it really something what he has accomplished, and a wonderful example of facing adversity and remaining positive in all that life throws at you. I see you as that example, too, Stephen. You are a light for many, including me!

@Stacey/Create A Balance – Isn’t he amazing, Stacey! He gives me so much hope for what is possible, for overcoming the daily “issues” that come up. Game on!!

@Dali – “What a true inspiration!” – you’ve said it so well, Dali! Nick is incredibly well adjusted considering all of the obstacles life has thrown at him. It’s a pleasure to share this amazing story!

@AverageGal – We all are so blessed, but too often don’t realize it. Until we see something like this – someone who seemingly has much less in life than us to be thankful for – and yet he is thriving, he is making a difference every day, he is loving the life he has! An amazing story of hope!

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suddenly slimmer November 15, 2008 at 7:00 am

This post is a great reminder for me as a person who is in the pursue of her dream..thank you

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Lance November 15, 2008 at 7:17 am

Suddenly Slimmer – Yes, it’s a great reminder for all of us – of what really is possible if we just believe in ourselves! Good luck to you as you continue to believe in “you”, and pursue all the dreams you have!

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Kevin Touhey November 19, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Very moving post. I just want to add that we should pursue excellence. Being excellent in whatever we undertake has a “greater” value than success because success is temporary. Excellence is not. Does that make sense?

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Lance November 20, 2008 at 7:24 am

Kevin, thanks much for stopping by! Pursue excellence – a great addition! It does make sense – in that excellence is something we choose, and it can become part of our being – success is what is typically what we’re aiming for. In that way, yes, it does. And in pursuing excellence, we are being all that we were meant to be – and that’s pretty awesome!

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Ruth December 3, 2008 at 11:43 am

Wow… what a wakeup call for me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Coming hard on the heels of my reading of Wrestling With the Goddess by Azeem Kayum, it was a double whammy of a message of the power of the human spirit and just how far believing in yourself can take you.

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Courtney February 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

This is an inspiration. So many times I am amazed by what people can perform and the motivation they have to complete these things. Good for them, it makes me want to work harder!

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