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my name is nick santonastasso, and this is my story.

Nick Santonastasso 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. The high-energy youth shares his amazing story, showing people that anyone can thrive if they have the determination and willpower to go after what they want. When Nick was born, the doctors handed his parents a long list of things that he would never be able to do.” Nick’s parents politely thanked them and threw the list out. They raised Nick the same way they had raised his three able-bodied older siblings and instilled in him never to let the world tell him what he could or couldn’t do.



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Think about this one for a second…. @nicksanto534 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. Competed as an amateur wrestler, motivational speaker, trains like a beast and today (Sat 9/23) he competes in his first bodybuilding contest.
We chatted after my workout about the power of choice. He said, I could’ve been pissed at the world for being born like this, but instead I choose to live life to the fullest, be happy and crush everything I put my mind to and hopefully, I can inspire people to do the same.
Yes sir.
Life deals us cards on a daily basis, but we always get to decide how we’re gonna play ’em.
Keep crushing life my man and inspiring all those around you.
And thank you for helping frame my perspective on life just a little bit more.


Regional Owner for the Keller Williams Realty Greater Pennsylvania Region

Nick captivates, motivates and awakens people emotionally to what’s possible in their lives. He authentically connects to any audience in a way that no ones else can and inspires them to re-think their challenges and re-frame them as big opportunities. Nick is able to repeatedly create meaningful transformations simply because of who he is, the incredible example he sets and through sharing stories of how he adapts and overcomes in the face of any adversity.

Mike McCarthy

Marc Hardgrove Forbes Council

“The inspiring way Nick lives his life prompted me to ask him to speak at our companies trade show. And his lessons continued to motivate me in my own life. “

Marc Hardgrove


I want people to realize that the biggest disability you can have is a bad mindset. The way we think and how we think is what the majority of the world is really struggling with: the fears, the story that you replay to yourself over and over to justify why you “can’t” do what you want.
I want to show them that, yes, we all have problems and negative things going on in our lives, but we have two choices: we can either focus on the bad in our lives and let the outside noise drive us, or focus on the good.
I also want people to take away how important it is to live in a state of gratitude on a daily basis. In the grand scheme of things, our problems aren’t really problems, but experiences that sculpt us. Embrace the hard times when things don’t go the way you wanted or a business plan fell through, because our problems and challenges turn into gifts when we learn from them. We can extract a positive from every situation, but we need to be looking for the good rather than be blinded by the bad.

Embrace the hard times when things don’t go the way you wanted or a business plan fell through, because our problems and challenges turn into gifts when we learn from them.

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Nick Santonastasso can tailor his message and presentation to suit the needs of your company. Here are just a few examples of the topics Nick speaks on in the corporate sector:

  • Building confidence
  • Turning failure into a friend
  • Persistance -Sound mind, sound body
  • Living in the state of gratitude
  • Goal Setting
  • The power of focus
  • Annihilate excuses
  • Leadership -Self Love

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Nick Santonastasso, Inspirational Speaker: Introduction

Inspirational keynote speaker Nick Santonastasso challenges you to change the perspective on your life by sharing a bit of his own. When Nick was born with Hanhart Syndrome, a rare genetic disease marked by malformation of the limbs, the doctors gave his parents a list of things he would never be able to do. His parents threw it out. Over twenty years later, the accomplished bodybuilder lives an independent life, from feeding himself to driving a car. Nick credits his parents for making that decision early on that no one was going to tell him what he could and couldn't do - a mantra that became his personal outlook, as well. "Who controls you?" he poses a question that is central to his incredible life story. "The only person that's going to make a drastic change in your life for the better is yourself."

Nick Santonastasso, Inspirational Speaker: Keynote

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