Attitude is Altitude (Summary)
This is an inspirational story of a disabled person, Nick Vujjicic, who has got international acclain through he has no hands and no legs. Nick Vujici is a contemporary example of a great spirit. He stands as an inspiration to many people in this wprld with his great and inspiring qualities i.e., faith, will power, dedication and determination. His life has proved that disability cannot stop a person from doing wha the wants to do.
Vujicic was born in Melbourne, in 1982 to Dušanka and Borislav Vujičić, Serbian immigrants from Yugoslavia, with a rare disability called phocomelia characterised by the absence of all four limbs. Even though he has the absence of his limbs, he can play football and golf, he can swim and surf.
He is an Australian christian evangelist and motivational speaker. As a child, he struggled mentally and emotionally as well as physically.
He was born with tetra-amelia without fully formed limbs. According to his autobiography, his mother refused to see him or hold him when the nurse held him in front of her, but she and her husband eventually accepted the condition and understood it as “God’s plan for their son.”
Originally, the toes of one of his feet were fused. An operation was performed to separate the toes so that he could use them as fingers to grab, turn a page, or do other things.
After his mother showed him a newspaper article about a woman playing with a severe disability when he was seventeen, he started to give talks at his prayer group. Vujicic graduated from Griffith University at the age of 21 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a double major in accountancy and financial planning.
In 2005, Vujicic founded Life Without Limbs, an international non-profit organisation and ministry. In 2007, he founded Attitude is Altitude, a secular motivational speaking company
Attitude is Altitude : the way we think of something and the way we do things, are important to achieve goals in one’s life. our achievements are the result of our attitude
stretch( v) ; makelonger/extend/ straighten ones arms, legs or body.
wrap (v) ; hug/ put ones arms around something
kick down (phrasal verb); strike forcibly with the foot
skateboard (n) ; a short narrow board with small wheels at each end, which you stand on and ride as a sport
faced(v) ; countenanced/ had
he doesn’t let the details stop him : though he was born without arms and legs, he achieved a lot in his life. His disability couldn’t stop him from achieving his goals in life.
the details : having no arms and legs
torso : body without arms and legs
surf : to take part in the sport or riding on waves on a surf board
despite : in spite of / even though/although/though
limbs : arms or legs
i call it my chicken drumstick : Nick has a small foot on his left hip. it looks like a chicken drumstick. so he calls his small foot on his left is a chicken drumstick
hip : one of the two parts on each side of one’s body between the top of one’s leg and one’s waist
chicken drumstick : the lower part of the leg of a chicken or other bird that is cooked and eaten as food.
i’d be lost without: Nick feels that he will be unable to do somethings if he doesn’t have his small foot which looks like a chicken drumstick
faith : confidence/ belief/ trust in god
virgin: some one who has never had sexual relationship
modest : shy/ reserved
publicist : a person who is responsible for publicizing a person or thing
club : a heavy stick with one end thicker than the other
tucked : kept/ put something into a space
distraught : anxious/ distressed/ out of mind/ so upset and worried
disability : a physical condition that limits a person’s movements
medical explanation : cause stated by medical science
occurrence : incidence/ happening
phocomelia: an extremely rare congenital disorder involving malformation of the limbs
Cruel trick : very sad and unfortunate thing happened by fate
got into : started doing or enjoying something/ became involved in
bully : frighten/ threaten to hurt some one or frighten them
mainstream : normal/ general/ conventional/ common
bullying : humiliation/ maltreatment
carer : a paid person who looks after a child or sick or disabled person
wall – mounted: attached to a wall
pump action : a pump action piece of equipment is operated by pulling or pressing a part in or out, so that the contents come out in short bursts
drown : die from being under water for too long time
lack : not have some thing that one needs
Triumph : achievement / success / conquest/ victory
adversity : extreme difficulty / unpleasant situation
inspirational : providing encouragement or new ideas for what one should do
convictions : beliefs
run over : hit some one or some thing with some thing and driven over them
perseverance : the quality of continuing to try to achieve a particular aim despite difficulties
give me the eye : look at some one in a way that communicates romantic interest
freak out : make some one upset/shock
wooooah : showing surprise
sped off : left quickly in a vehicle or in a bicycle
bitten off : taken away / seized with teeth
amazing : very good
pretty : nearly
spin : an act of turning around quickly
center of gravity : the point in any object on which it can balance
motivational : relating to inspiration to do some thing
the middle East : an area comprising the countries of south west Asia and northern Africa
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