Dave Lukas Chats with Nick Santonastasso
137: Victim to Victor, Taking off the Mask and Finding True Confidence with Nick Santonastasso
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Nick Santonastasso. Nick is a medical miracle. Not only is he one of four people alive with the rare genetic condition, Hanhart Syndrome, the inspirational keynote speaker is an internationally known bodybuilder and fitness model – despite missing both his legs and one arm since birth.
Nick has been featured everywhere from Forbes to the Today Show, FOX, TLC, BBC, Inside Edition, and MTV.
He got his start on Vine making prankster videos and I have to say, they are hilarious, especially the zombie pranks.
As owner of Raw Mettle Enterprises, Nick is a speaker, coach, consultant, and author of the new book Victim to Victor, How to Overcome the Victim Mentality to Live the Life You Love.
The Rock said this about Nick, “think about this for a second, Nick was born with one arm and no legs. In his mind, there’s nothing he can’t do and he’s right. He’s right because he does everything he sets his mind to. Life deals us cards on a daily basis, but we always get to decide how we’re gonna play them. Thanks Nick for helping me frame my perspective on life just a little bit more.”
Now, it’s time for Nick to help you frame yours a little bit more…
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Nick was born with Hanhart syndrome, a super rare syndrome that either leaves a baby born with undeveloped limbs or organs. Nick was the 12th person ever born with this syndrome and 8 of the other passed away due to undeveloped organs. Nick was given a 30% chance to live but made it as his organs were 100% healthy.
From there he was just a kid like any other until he got to middle school and high school where he began to be noticed as different. Middle and High school were his low points. He hated his body, he questioned why he was born the way he was. Nick sought out support and joined wrestling – but to do so, he had to voluntarily amputate 5 inches of his one limb to be able to move in the ways he needed to. He wrestled his junior and senior year which lead him into having fun doing skits on Vine. That lead him to body building and then into motivation and keynote speaking and even fitness modeling.
With all that you’ve done, what is the most important thing you’ve learned that you feel others must know?
How do people train themselves to control their mind and ways of thinking?
How do we maintain perspective?
At the 14 min mark, Nick talks about his book “From Victim to Victor” and we start a big discussion on the victim mentality.
Nick favorite story from the book and lesson?
Thought on Leadership?
Tell us your thoughts on victimhood and those playing the role of the victim and what you think the answer is…
Nicks biggest realization: You have one life. The chances you are alive are so small. Get moving and make everything you can out of that life.
“Regardless of whatever hand that life has dealt us, it is our duty to play that hand to the best of our ability.”
At the 38 min mark, Nick talks about how to annihilate excuses…the flips the stables on me.
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