Before Derek Clark was a motivational speaker on trauma and inspirational keynote speaker, he was a survivor of horrific child abuse, abandoned at a psychiatric unit and then placed into foster care for thirteen years… all of this by the age of five years old! His TED Talk on trauma, resilience and redemption is sure to inspire you to never limit the potential of a child. Childhood trauma has the ability to infect a child’s future. Through self-determination and some key adults who believed in Derek, he grew up to write seven books and become a popular motivational speaker. Here are some of his keys to his success.