Attitude is Altitude

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

Vujicic starred in the short film The Butterfly Circus. At the 2010 Method Fest Independent Film Festival, he was awarded Best Actor in a Short Film for his starring performance as Will.


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.

scratch(v); rub

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

comprehension … question and answers …

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