DWARFED in size, Dilon Kumar sees his height as a difference in look only, not in opportunity.
Standing four feet tall at 28 years, he faces the world each day with the attitude that "anything is possible".
"Just take a look at the achievements of Iliesa Delana," he says proudly of his hero.
Mr Kumar, who was born with a growth disability, says he does not care about the stares he gets.
"We're all the same, we all have rights and we are certainly given the same opportunities.
"We just need to take them," he said at a workshop in Lautoka on Tuesday.
The workshop was organised by the Fiji Disabled People's Federation (FDPF) to empower people with disabilities.
It was held at the Lautoka Hotel.
Mr Kumar, who idolises Fiji's only Paralympics gold medallist Iliesa Delana, says he is independent and hardworking.
He lives in Rakiraki with his parents and told this newspaper his involvement in cultural shows and festivals made him happy.
"I partake in many cultural events and the Bad Boys Show which was held earlier this year.
"Because I accept my disability, it makes life much easier for me," he said.
Armed with a degree in Information Technology (IT), he said the workshop was necessary for members of the public and those living with disabilities.
"It brought up many interesting points about the different ways we can contribute to society and taught us about speaking for ourselves," he said. It also highlighted, he noted, the importance of trying to "break the mind-set the public has, which is, we can't do it, because we can, and we have to believe that".
The outspoken Mr Kumar said it was time for the physically challeged to take a stand.
"We have to learn to speak out more and reach out and grab equality, not just sit back and do nothing," he said.