Moustafa Ardati

Moustafa Ardati

Ardati, a vibrant, independent man has overcome his mental and physical limitations and is determined to help and inspire people globally. Born with cerebral palsy, Moustafa defies all odds and takes initiative to turn his life around despite his permanent life-long condition.  

Be yourself, better yourself, believe in yourself. Moustafa Ardati, is a motivational speaker and creator of Stay True Be You (STBY), a youtube channel with the aim to inspire, motivate & make a difference in this world one person at a time.  

Stay True Be You explores Ardati’s story and progress as he works towards gaining full independence of his body with a goal to walk one day. 


He discusses issues of Bullying, Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem & how individuals’ opinions should or should not affect others.  

His key message is “If you #StayTrueBeYou, being able to believe in yourself, love, inspire, motivate & make a difference will be much easier.” 

“Stay True Be You is all about being true to yourself, bettering yourself & believing in yourself!…Looking forward to sharing with you our clothes/merchandise in the new year & having you all be a part of our brand & message!” 

At only 12 years of age, Ardati was at his worst state with hardly any control over his body.  

His disability had significant effects on his fine motor skills, muscle coordination and speech. Ardati also suffered from regular spasms and cramps. 

Getting bullied and mocked throughout his life was one of the many struggles Ardati encountered.  

This was the cause of very low self-esteem and severe depression. 

With his health deteriorating, doctors expected that by the age of 25, Ardati would require full-time care in a nursing home. 

Ardati’s affable character and cheerful sense of humour keep him optimistic and high in spirit.  

Although Ardati has had been through a lot of trauma in his life, he remains hopeful and determined to make a difference. 

 “I have a lot of good and bad memories but I choose not to let them dictate who I am and who I will become. If you dwell on the past, you will stumble into your future. That’s the way I look at life.” 

Currently, at 30 years, Ardati has succeeded in gaining control of his life.  

His new active lifestyle and positive outlook have progressed him to achieve big goals in his personal life as well as his sporting career.  

Ardati has been training with a personal trainer 4-5 times a week, working on his body coordination and movement. Today he is feeling young, healthy and happy than ever. 

In 2014, he was selected to represent Australia in Germany for wheelchair hockey and in Brazil for wheelchair soccer, bringing home a silver medal. 

Ardati playing during power chair finals.

Ardati playing during power chair finals.

Aside from his sporting achievements, Ardati has also excelled in his education.  

Since completing the HSC at a selective school, Ardati studied web design and development, computer science and project management. 

He is currently enrolled at the Australian College of Applied Psychology to commence his studies in counselling and life coaching. 

With an open avenue to life coaching and motivational speaking, Ardati hopes to launch his own business: ‘Stay True, Be You’.  

“My goal is to help others in a way that people couldn’t help me. I want to talk to people and inspire them with my story”, he says. 

This involves hosting seminars and doing motivational talks at schools, colleges and universities.  

Moustafa Ardati working out in the gym.

Moustafa Ardati working out in the gym.

Ardati plans to expand his business by creating a clothing and merchandise line that promotes self- belief and self-confidence.  

He also plans to write his own book one day. With the support of his family and friends, Ardati continues to make the most of life, sharing his knowledge, experience and story along the way.

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