He is in Trinidad on a five-day visit partly sponsored by PowerGen.
Durbal said his aim is to bring about systemic change on a global level, as he visits schools to raise awareness.
Durbal yesterday visited the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and the Naparima College, San Fernando.
He told the differently-abled students at the NCPD to love themselves.
Durbal said that every day is a challenge for a person with a disability, but believes that rewards come when one can overcome the emotional and mental stumbling blocks in life.
“Don’t let anybody dictate who you should be, and what you should be doing. From a very young age I learnt to be self-sufficient.
“Suffering forges our character. Throughout my Iron Man journey, I had many days of crying and discovering myself. It is not just a physical (challenge). It is emotional and mental as well,” he said.
He told pupils that he goes by the nickname “Rage” which adds to the fighter instinct in him to defeat all odds.