Book review: Life Without Limits

 

On the way to Germany last month, I’ve got an opportunity to read a book “Life Without Limits” written by Nich Vujicic (pronounced Voy-a-chich) who was born with no legs and arms. However, he is not constrained by his circumstances. He travels around the globe and he encourages millions of people to overcome adversity with hope and love. He shares his experiences in this book. His goal is simply to encourage people to overcome their own challenges and hardships so that they can find their own way. As finished reading the book on plane flying back from Frankfurt to Kuala Lumpur on June 29, I also want to share good quotations from the book to you.

“Sometimes you may feel like you are just about to realize your goal only to fall short. That is no reason to quite. Defeat happens only to those who refuse to try again. I still believe that one day I will be able to walk and lift and hold utensils like a regular person. I will be a miracle when that happens…” (p. 43)

“We not only receive seeds in our lifetime, we also hold them in the “good soil” of our hearts. When challenges get us down, we can look to our dreams to of a better life. These dreams act as seeds for the realities that will come. Our faith is the rich soil that brings those seeds to life.” (p.62)

“The important point to remember is that you will always find a way as you keep looking for it. You may have to adjust your goals to realities. But as long as you keep breathing, you should remember that the possibilities are still there.” (p.66)

“We become vulnerable and fall into the victim’s mentality when we base how we feel about ourselves on other people’s opinions or compare ourselves with others. When you are unwilling to accept yourself, you are less willing to accept others, and that can lead to loneliness and isolation….” (p.74)

“Finding your purpose is the first important step to living a life without limits. Maintaining hope for the future and faith in the possibilities even in difficult times will keep you moving toward that goal. But to be fulfilled,you must know in your heart that you are worthy of success and happiness. You must love yourself,…” (p.77)

“You fail. I fail. The best of us fail, and the rest of us fail too. Those who never rise from defeat often see failure as final. What we all need to remember is that life is not a pass-fail test. It’s a trial-and-error process. Those who succeed bounce back from their bonehead mistakes because they view their setbacks as temporary and as learning experiences. Every successful person I know has messed up at some point. Often, they say their mistakes were critical to their success. When they flopped, they didn’t quite. Instead, they recognized their problems, worked harder, and searched for more creative solutions. If they failed five times, they tried five times harder. Winston Churchill captured the essence of it when he said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”” (p. 127)

And there are many more. The book has 229 pages. If you are interested in his writing, I recommend you to go to JFK library and check it out. You can see that the language used in the book is not difficult. I think our students are able to understand it. I am sure once you finish reading this book, you will get a positive attitude to your life. If you want to buy it, it costs 570 baht and it is available at Asia Book.

Bordin Waelateh

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