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How Tiran Jackson transformed tragedy into a mission of resilience and equity

Turning adversity into opportunity and inspiring others through a journey of resilience, innovation, and commitment to equity
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Tiran Jackson (Photo credit: Courtesy of Tiran Jackson)

In a world where challenges often seem insurmountable, Tiran Jackson’s story stands as a powerful testament to the human spirit’s resilience and capacity for transformation. In a recent interview with Kevin Hooks on Equity in Focus, Jackson shared his journey from a devastating personal tragedy to becoming an influential entrepreneur, real estate investor, and small business consultant. His narrative is not just about survival but about thriving and inspiring others to do the same.

Jackson’s life was forever altered during what was supposed to be a joyous vacation with his wife, Malika, in the Bahamas. A catastrophic boat explosion resulted in severe injuries for Jackson and tragically took Malika’s life. Waking up in unimaginable pain, physically broken, and emotionally devastated, Jackson faced the daunting task of rebuilding his life from the ashes of this tragedy.


The turning point came when Jackson, while lying in a hospital bed, heard a voice urging him to be resilient. This moment sparked a journey of recovery, both physical and emotional, that would redefine his purpose and direction. Jackson’s ordeal included multiple surgeries, intensive physical therapy, and a profound emotional reckoning. Yet, through it all, he emerged with a renewed sense of purpose and a commitment to helping others navigate their own challenges.

From pain to purpose: Building a new path


Jackson’s path to recovery wasn’t just about physical healing; it was about finding a new direction in life. Initially an engineer, Jackson realized that his true calling lay elsewhere. As he recovered, he began writing down his thoughts and emotions, which eventually led to his first book. This process of self-reflection and expression became the foundation for his new career as an author, speaker, and life coach.

His first speaking engagement, though difficult, revealed to Jackson the impact his story could have on others. Despite initial reservations, he embraced this new role, recognizing that his experiences could provide valuable lessons in resilience and personal growth. Jackson’s message emphasizes that resilience is not about regaining what was lost but about reshaping what remains to build a stronger, more fulfilled life.

Impacting lives and championing equity

Jackson’s journey has not only transformed his own life but has also had a profound impact on those around him, particularly his son. Navigating the dual roles of single father and recovering trauma survivor, Jackson drew strength from his responsibility to his son, ensuring that he provided both emotional support and a strong role model for resilience and perseverance.

Today, Jackson runs Reborn Resilient, a platform dedicated to helping individuals overcome their own adversities. Through workshops, corporate speaking engagements, and life coaching, he offers practical strategies for navigating life’s challenges. His upcoming event, “Happily Ever Interrupted,” aims to provide actionable advice for those dealing with significant life disruptions, ensuring they have the tools to move forward positively.

Jackson’s message resonates deeply with young African Americans, emphasizing the importance of resilience in the face of systemic challenges. He advocates for a mindset that goes beyond mere survival to thriving, encouraging the younger generation to focus on emotional regulation, strategic action, and continuous personal growth.

Jackson’s story is a powerful reminder that even in the face of the most devastating challenges, it is possible to find a new path and emerge stronger. His journey from tragedy to triumph underscores the importance of resilience, innovation, and a commitment to equity. As Jackson continues to inspire others through his work, he exemplifies the enduring human spirit’s ability to turn pain into purpose, offering hope and guidance to all who face their own battles.

For more information about Jackson and his work, visit Reborn Resilient and follow him on social media under Tiran Jackson Official. Join him in championing equity and resilience in your own life and community.

AI assisted in summarizing this episode of Equity in Focus.

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