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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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  • Janet Brooklyn, NY

    Read this article and shared it with everyone that would listen. This couldn't have come any sooner, at the point of giving up but God sent a Word. Keep doing what you were created to do. You are certainly a blessing to the masses.

  • Karen Nova Providence RI

    I pray for divine protection upon you and your family; May the Lord continue to guide you in every area, every step that you take and continue to bless and prosper your soul as you prosper in all spiritual things- in Jesus name!!!!!!!

  • Mark r Moss sicklerville nj 08081

    Gdmorning Mr Ty how you doing just saying hi and wishing i was there with you all working i know a lot of peeple ask you this and im just another 1 but im special i know it cause God told me and i feel you will contact me 1 of these days i pray ;)) but have a gd day n stay Blessed!!


    Hi Mr. Perry, I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day! A Friendly FYI: Could you please put the "r" in Oprah's SUPRISE Visit on your Behind the Scenes video? Thanks. I just looked at it and I wished I was there. I pray one day I can be apart of your team/family. Congratulations on you and Oprah's business "merger" or "marriage"! Just what you both needed - perfect! Please add the new shows to local stations, since I don't have cable. I hate to miss your work. Later, Your Sister in Christ Jesus :-)

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  • Stefanie detroit MI

    Very inspiring especially for someone like myself who has somewhere along the way has lost myself in raising a family and working a job to survive. My life has always been about trying to take care others and along the way I lost who I am and what makes me happy. How do you get out of the vicious cycle of just surviving everyday to living everyday. I know I was put here to do great things and to help inspire others who struggle, I just have to figure out how to make it happen. Keep inspiring others like me and putting out positive energy for you never know who life you are touching.

  • patricia palmer Bowling Green KY

    I do not own own cable yet sorry I will miss the show but I have seen the behind the scene and it look good

  • Michelle North Carolina

    Just wanted to let you know that I watched and enjoyed the interview with Oprah. I'm looking forward to tuning in to the new series' too! Love all that you do to uplift, inspire, correct, and protect...you are making a difference in the lives of many!

  • Joyce Hayes Houston

    I am just reading this, thank you so much Tyler. I needed this, God Bless You!

  • miss church girl CA

    Mr. Tyler Perry (Lord have mercy!), I was crying last night when I watched your interview with Oprah. It was just so, so real and also confirmation for me. God can take a nobody and make them a somebody, I'm a living witness also! He'll take an unknown and put them right up there with the known. That's what happened in my life, and I felt the same way you did, "Why am I here in the midst of all these big name people? "You chose me Lord?" Anyway, you are a man of God who is living walking in your destiny, purpose, and call. It's all about helping others make a change in their lives. When you know you're touching someone else, you're doing the job! Love u in Christ.

  • Rana Florida

    I just have had the chance to read this post. I really was thinking to myself last week what my present job has to do with where God is taking me. This was very inspiring for me. I know that God doesn't waste anything in our lives. I appreciate how you open up and keep it real with people. Blessings