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How Sherelle Hogan used trauma to build tenacity.

By Sherelle Hogan

Admittedly, I used to run from discussing my trauma. I thought that it revealed my weakness and at one point in my life, I was ashamed of it. It wasn't until I began seeking my purpose that I found out that my trauma would ,in fact, help me reach success. Here are five steps on how you can turn your trauma into tenacity.

Sherrelle Hogan, Author, Inspirational Speaker & CEO

Accept Your Trauma

Until you are able to accept the trauma you've experienced, you will not be able to start the process of healing. Doing this, can help you learn how to positively navigate through life. Trauma does not disappear and if you're not careful, it can negatively impact your quality of life. Acceptance is what led me to becoming a CEO.

Understand You Are More Than Your Trauma

I survived my trauma, which is what made me bigger than it. I found the root of it and formed an action plan to heal. I encourage you to do the same. Become more than your trauma! Do not allow it to break you, allow it to build you up and motivate you.

Become Who You Were Born To Be

I did not know that my trauma would help me to live in my truth, help youth thrive and change peoples lives. Yes, I was once that little girl who was shattered into pieces but now, I am a woman who has helped nearly 2,500 youth in Detroit, Michigan turn their trauma into tenacity. Somehow the very thing that was meant to hinder my future, was the very thing that built it.

Use Your Trauma To Help Others

I did not understand what people meant when they would say, “You didn’t go through what you went through just for you", until I founded Pure Heart Foundation. It is a nonprofit organization that serves children of incarcerated parents. Growing up with both parents in prison was the trauma that led to the beginning of my purpose. Once I realized I was more than my trauma, I wanted to be more for the youth I served.


As I said before, trauma will not suddenly disappear, but you do have the ability to thrive from it. Not everyone will become a CEO of a nonprofit that directly speaks to their trauma, but everyone can live through it. You can heal from it, grow from it and change the world!

To learn more about how you can partner with Pure Heart Foundation to help children of incarcerated parents click here.

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