Nick Jonas’ Inspiring Words Show You Can Turn Life’s Biggest Challenges Into Your Biggest Opportunities

“We all have the power to change the world in some way and to make it a better place.”

Nick Jonas gave a pretty empowering speech at the Radio Disney Music Awards this past weekend. In it, the young heartthrob gave everyone in the audience and those watching at home a pep talk about how we can all turn life's challenges into big opportunities.

"When he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes it was less like a diagnosis and more like a superhero accepting his sacred mission," Jack Black said, introducing the former boy bander and handing him the Hero Award. "That mission? To teach the world about the disease and make the world better for people who have it. And he's doing it. He's punching Type 1 diabetes in the face every single day with the fist of knowledge."

When the 24-year-old — who learned he had the disease at the age of 13 — took to the stage he brought some "friends" with him: a group of children who also have Type 1 diabetes.

"[My diagnosis] was something I thought would slow me down before I even got started," he said, having gotten the news just before venturing into the music sphere as the Jonas Brothers. "But thankfully, it didn't, and I'm in the healthiest place I've been in since my diagnosis."

The actor-singer has been active in raising awareness about Type 1 diabetes ever since his diagnosis. He founded D-Vision — a part of the Change for the Children Foundation he and his brothers started — and has been in many PSAs, spoken to those in power, and been an ambassador, all in an effort to fight back against the medical condition.


And while Jonas has an "amazing family" — noting that he has a father who is his "hero every single day," the "best" brothers, and a "wonderful" mother — it's the everyday heroes, those who are making a difference in the world, who inspire him the most.

"We all have the power to change the world in some way and to make it a better place. The thing about being a hero is that it doesn't mean that you wear this cape and do this thing … every day can be an opportunity to be a hero. You're kind to someone who needs it, you find a cause you're passionate about, you get involved in something and raise your voice in some way — it does make a different. And I would encourage all of you to do that."

This empowering statement is just what a young audience like the one at RDMAs needs to hear. They need to know that you don't have to be famous or in a place of power to do something to change the world, you just have to get out there and do it. Even if it isn't easy.

"What I saw as the biggest challenge of my life really did become the biggest opportunity. To bring some encouragement to people like this, these amazing kids, and hopefully people like you who are going to have your own struggles in life."

Check out the full speech here:


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