Liam McKelvie lost all four limbs when he contracted meningitis as a young child however, through his positive mindset and strong attitude he has not let anything hold him back. Through public speaking under his business ZeroLimbits, he wishes to inspire as many people as possible to break their own boundaries both mental and physical.
How long has ZeroLimbits been up and running?
My first talk was in October 2018 and this is when I had the idea of becoming a speaker full time. ZeroLimbits was planned towards the end of 2018 and began operations in January 2019.
What would you say has been your biggest achievement since starting ZeroLimbits?
So far, my largest achievements include posting a video on LinkedIn that gained over 180,000 views and gaining a UK wide demand in just 4-5 months.
Motivational speaking is obviously your prime focus, but what other specific areas of disability are of personal interest to you?
I have an interest in the societal view and treatment of disability. From my experiences I have noticed that people usually feel awkward around or completely avoid people with disabilities or differences. I feel this ignorance is not through choice but a lack of understanding. As a speaker I would like to try and ‘normalise’ disability and help build knowledge on what it means.
What is your longer-term vision for ZeroLimbits?
I’d like to slowly increase my reputation from UK wide to world-wide. I believe that I have a unique story that everybody can learn from; not just other people with disabilities. I would like to inspire as many people as possible in one lifetime to change their minds and attitudes towards positivity and self-belief.
Are there any other topics you would like to see spoken about online?
I feel it could be quite beneficial if people opened up about their struggles online. I know this is a big ask as people do not want to put their difficult times online for others to see and they can often be thrown insults such as ‘attention seeker’. However, I believe that we can all learn from each other’s difficulties and mistakes.
Do you think virtual experiences can help you plan where to spend your time and money?
Having grown up using a wheelchair I believe that virtual experiences would have been extremely useful as it can help show the accessibility of a building that would otherwise be unknown. Even from a point of view disregarding my disability, I feel they can help with decisions on where to spend time and spend money.
Thank you Liam for taking the time to answer our question and we look forward to seeing where the future of ZeroLimbits takes you.