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This Is For Frustrated Dreamers

I was driving in to work this morning and I started thinking about all the days I dreaded going to work. I was so sick of it… the job, my boss, the people I worked with, the traffic… I would wake up angry every morning. I didn’t want to deal with the crap of the job, but I was forced to go. I had been homeless, I was broke, living paycheck to hopefully the next paycheck. I couldn’t take a day off for fear I would get fired. I was just frustrated. I thought I hated my life and the job.

It was so aggravating because God had placed all these dreams and hopes in my soul and mind and I had no idea how they were going to come to pass. To have a dream of being something better and living better than the way I was at that moment and to not see a way of getting there felt like death to me. I thought, “Dear God, why would you give me so much hope and not make a way?” But what I learned through prayer was, with no path in front of you and no road map… this is where true faith begins. With faith I realized that I wasn’t frustrated with my life or the job, I was frustrated because I was a person who had dreams for myself, a person who had visions for my life and I wasn’t living it. Have you ever been there, where you felt so strongly that there was more to this life than what you see in front of you?

One of the most difficult things about being a dreamer is the fear that the dream will never happen. I’m here as a living witness to tell you your dreams can come true. You can’t give up. And I am here to let you know that everything can work together for your good. The time that you are spending on that job that you think is a dead end is not. You’re being prepared just like I was. I was a shoeshine boy, I worked as a bill collector, a used car salesman, in housekeeping in a hotel, and they all were preparation for where I am now.

What do these things have to do with where I am now? I’m glad you asked. I am able to use skills that I learned. I shined shoes, so I know how to shine my shoes if I need them to look nice. Selling used cars was a great way to learn how to close a deal. Bill collecting taught me great negotiation skills. Working at that 5-star hotel taught me a lot about travel. Every experience in your life is here to teach you something.

Today, while you’re at work, don’t be frustrated. Look around you and ask God what are you there to learn and how will it be a part of your future dream. Honor that job, do the best you can at it, because God will bless you for honoring something that belongs to another. 

I hope this inspires you today. If you need a little more inspiration then watch my first sit-down interview in years with Oprah on Oprah's Next Chapter. It airs this Sunday on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network at 9/8c. I talk a little about not giving up. I know it will move you.

Here’s a prayer for today: “God help me hold on, help me to get to what I dream of, help me to honor where I am today so that I can appreciate where I will be tomorrow. In Jesus' name.”

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  • Francesca New York

    You inspire me Tyler Perry. You are Proof that you can still make something out of nothing. God Bless you for your deep spiritual messages. Obviously God has Chosen you to be a Messenger.

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  • Guilene Miami, fl

    Good morning/afternoon my name is Guilene Petit-homme, a 21year old Haitian/Bahamian that currently resides in Miami, Fl. I am a young woman who lives by the quote "failure is never an option". I currently live in a Haitian populated community in Miami known as Little Haiti. To give a quick background, I graduated from the infamous Miami Edison Senior High, where I was the Student Government and Nation Honor Society president. I currently attend Miami Dade Collage, where I obtained my A.A. degree in Criminal Justice. I am truly inspired by your life accomplishments and obstacles you've over-came before reaching where you are today. You have taught me to chase my dreams and never give up no matter what obstacles are placed in front of me. I have always wanted to put my business mindset to great use, that will benefit the children and families within my community. Throughout my senior year, I was given numerous monetary gifts from organizations who believe I was worth investing in because I had a purpose. I have always made it a great deal to excel at everything I do. You are probably wondering why am I writing you. The reason behind everything is I need help. i have created this great organization mentally. An organization that will allow young scholars of different ethnicities and backgrounds within my community a chance to excel in school, extra curricular activities, and even beyond the doors of collage. I have all ready established a name, "Beyond all Measures Incorporated. In addition, I have registered it with the state of Florida, written my bylaws, and mission statement. I even have a location in mind, it is a privately owned building known as the historical Lemon City Post Office. The only reason I am skeptical about pursuing this opportunity is, I do not want to make drastic decision that can cause my dream to tumble. I wanted to know if you would you be able to mentor or help me throughout this journey on making this great idea a successful business. I have been in contact with other individuals that thought it was a great idea and offered their help and never respond back. If you are wondering why I chose you, it's because you have portrayed to society that life is filled with great opportunities and you will never be able to reach your goals if you never make the initiation. Before you accomplished your dreams you had others that took it off the pedestal, but that never set you back. I see that as the greatest accomplishment someone can have, to take your dreams and make it a reality even when others did not believe in you. I would really appreciate if you take a few minutes out of your day to help me. it's a dream I have had for years and it would be great to work with someone that believes in others and not just themselves. You would be a great mentor.

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  • Sydney Ray Lawrenceville

    Dear Mr. Perry My name is Sydney Ray and my little daughter Sydney is a beautiful, outgoing, happy, and precocious 19 month child. I know you heard every parent speak glowingly about their child but, Sydney, truly is a special and talented child. She was born 1 November 2012 and started talking two months later (16 January 2013)! I know this sounds a bit far fetched but, I assure you this is true as I have the video of her talking. Sydney is now reciting Chinese words to me and she only 18 months. As a Staff Sergeant in the United States by nature I am conditioned not to be impressed but, I must admit that cannot help but be taken by her presence and passion for learning. We are frequently stopped about how beautiful Sydney is Many of my friends continuously suggests that I she should be on commercials or possibly on television. I truly believe that you would be very impressed with Sydney. Can you help me build and guide a path on whatever opportunities GOD may bless Sydney. If you like I can send several pictures and video (also the one with her talking) Sincerely, Sydney Ray

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  • Cornelius Brewster.

    Man that's exactly how I feel now. Thanks man

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  • John Pomeroy, pa 19367

    One brother in need of the help of another brother. I am in need of help. Can I please discuss my situation with you?

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  • Leonor Hernandez Eagle Pass, TX

    Hello and good day to you Mr. Perry, I wish to speak to you personally in regards to a movie summary I crafted together and I certainly want YOU to direct it. I truly believe your comical humor, your talented actors, and underlying messages portrayed in the themes of your movies suit best for the summary of my drafted "skit". I hope you can contact me soon so we can discuss the matter :) God bless! lhernandez1014 @ gmail.com

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  • Merranda Houston, TX

    Dear Tyler, Please allow me to encourage others around the world. My name is Merranda Hanks. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and my hands are deformed. I am a survivor of molestation and rape. I was molested at the tender age of 9. When I lived in Shreveport, LA I was brutally raped in my own home by a person that I considered a friend. Long story short, I was dealing with unemployment, foreclosure, repossession, lack of food and I barely had utilities in my home. I was so poor that I cut a potato and had to place it under my arm pits to get rid of the musk because I lacked deodorant. With everything going on at the same time literally, I wanted to give up and die. I asked Jesus to take my life and spare me from this. I was accustomed to making over $100K per year. I went from that to the maximum in LA unemployment ($13,000). But God had a plan for me. He wanted me to depend on him and become a better & stronger being. He wanted to use me as a living testimony. I changed after everything. I moved to Texas in 2013, I have a $250K house and a $100K career that uses my Masters degree and experience. My mental state is strong and wiser. I plan on writing a book to encourage others. I was delivered from the trauma. I was counseled by ministers and professional doctors. But the one being that saved me was Jesus. I just had to let God "do him". I ujst wanted to tell everyone to keep your focus on God. He spared my life on many days and he can spare yours as well. We are here for his purpose and one day, you will understand "why you". I know there may be days that you want to give up but Jesus will hold you up, walk with you and be there every step of the way. Stay focused. Have a blessed day. Warm Regards, Merranda Hanks, M.S.

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  • Nancy Conner Conyers GA

    Dear Tyler, I want to tell you what a big impact your show, The Haves and The Have Nots has had on me and my relationship with my son-law. He has been married to my daughter for nine years and we never had much in common to talk about, due mostly to our generation gap. I am 76 an he is 38. Since we both love the show so much we can't wait until Tuesday so we can talk about it. We love to analyze the characters and debate over where you are going to take them next. Even when we disagree about why a character did a certain thing, we have fun agreeing to disagree. Because of your show, I feel that our relationship has really grown and I want to thank you for it. The actors are so good that we were sort of disappointed to see the reunion because it brought us back to reality. We love the fantasy and seeing them all together getting along put a little damper on our fantasy world (LOL), but we still love it!

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  • Selina Ruan brooklyn new york

    Hi.My name is Selina. I am 25. I have been living a very bad life for the past ten years. I have been a prostitute since I was 15 years old. The Lord spoke to me so I have turned my life over about 1 week ago.This is still a very fresh wound.I am currently living in the shelter.I am struggling so hard not to go back to that life. Please help me.I want to tell you my story. Hear my cries. Please do not ignore me.Thank you.Blessings. :)

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  • Lizzie walker Jackson,ms

    Dear mr.perry My name is Lizzie we are a family of 9. I recently went to Decatur,Illinois to attend my third child of my sister funeral. She is the mother of 5 children's and she has buried 3. She is 69 years old. She wont me to move close to her, and I very much wont to because she to me like my mom. Our mom passed in 1999.but I have a seriou money problem. I am asking you for a donation to help me move there I now live in Jackson,Mississippi we need money for a home and fur inane furniture. My sister do not have much and her home is small. If I can get help with the house and furniture I believe with gods help I can handle the rest. Please find it in your heart to help me. I am afraid that she will get deeply sick from the burial off her third child, she has seizures,nerve problems, and ashamed.please help me. I long to be near her zoo badly but I am not financially able need your help ASAP my address is 918 south valley falls road. Jackson,ms 39212. This is my address if you find it in your heart to help me,which I pray that you do. I love you and May god bless you Tyler I really do mean this. Thank you for taking the time to read my message.

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  • Sharon montgomery Indianapolis, IN

    Mr. Perry, I really enjoyed reading this post. It seems as if my life has been rough even in my mothers womb. I'm a twin... well was a twin; she died a couple of years December 5th....I graduated twice from college, one from Indiana Business College now called Harrison College and from Med-tech...I'm a school drop out, but returned back to school to graduate with two of my children. I didn't want my children to graduate before their mom..What kind of example is that. I have also been abuse mentally, physically, sexually, and emotion in my child hood. I went though changes having babies by different men. (searching for love in all the wrong places) don't get me wrong...I love my 7 doves...all have graduated from school except one. Right now I'm at home on disability after having 5 strokes and two heart surgery...All my education down the drain for disability. Someone told me I should write about my life..I feel ..if I do that alot of people will get hurt. It's not a pretty picture. Mr. Perry I need some advice because I lose my car when our apartment caught on fire and me and my daughter was looking for a place to live until we found another place. (The Springhill Apartment in Indianapolis, Indiana....) I can't even get back to church now. What would be my next step after that? My faith is still strong, but I feel I'm wasting away doing nothing...Any advice would and will be a blessing. Thank you in advance...Love Sharon D. Montgomery......

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