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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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  • Crystal Johnson NLV, NV

    Thank you Mr. Tyler Perry. I needed that testimony and encouragement! God bless you!

  • Tamara T Michigan

    I was having a conversation with a close friend faith regard to life situations, opportunity Nd ideas. We were discussing opportunities that are existing and those that are not for the so called "average joe/ Jeanne" There Re so many everyday hardworking people myself included with skill, knowledge, passion dreams and ideas that seem to struggle to move forward, reach goals and fulfill dreams. We were discussing television shows that don't touch the average person. There is inspiration but sometimes there needs to be opportunity. Have you ever kicked around an idea to bring to the forefront an apprentice program that deals with everyday working folk that are willing to do the work but need a helping hand in moving forward or going to another level. You by far are an inspiration and your story is phenomenal. Please give it some thought. I'm fighting hard to make it happen in my life and I am positive there are others out there. I am a single, educated hardworking mother of an Autistic son who is the inspiration that keeps me going and I so look forward to watching your continuous growth and forward movement. God Bless and congratulations on your success.

  • Boitumelo Thema South Africa,Pretoria

    Thank you. So much Tyler ...you trully are living example to so many..... INSPIRED....

  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    Hi there Tyler.....Great Morning Happy Memorial Weekend...I'm so glad I'm off work tomorrow YAY!! I love that song in your play "Madea Gets A Job" play "I don't want Jesus to pass me by, I don't want the Holy Ghost out of my Life....and Hattie "We All Have An Appointed Time" well truthfully I love every song in this play from the Gospel to the Oldies but Goodies.All of the actors/actresses song the heck out of each song...Oh and when you sang and dance I almost passed out...LOL! OMG! I said God you gifted him and blessed him in this area too..Truly Awesome...I love what you do when you do it :-) It's the truth anyhow...You are such a Genius with your Brilliant Tall Self....LOL!! Okkkk sir well you enjoy your day Be Blessed...I'll be watching your special interview tonight with Oprah and of course two new premieres this week...Yes Indeedy Halleluyer!!!! Ms. Proverbs :-)

  • yvette apollo, pa

    I have a book that I keep private thoughts sayings and other things in and I wrote the message on the inside cover and entitled it 'Tyler's Prayer' I don't know how you'll take this but I use you as my muse. In my writing and in other areas of my life you're my blueprint. I've noticed though I would always support you (movies plays etc) I don't watch your movies like I used to. It's not that I have lost interest in you but my season with you is about over which is good for me. I feel better about me thanks to you and your stories and someday, Lord willing, I will tell my tales for others to read, see and heal. May the good God continue to bless and keep you in all you do. Angels watch over you. See you in the clouds

  • Coutiea Georgia

    Tyler, I have read all of the messages you have sent, but I must say, this has been by far the most inspirational message I have ever received in my life. Somehow you managed to know exactly what I am dealing with and what has been the biggest challenge for me; being a dreamer and acting on what I know to pursue my dreams, but without a plan for how they will come true...I just wanted to thank you for the kind words and motivation. God Bless. Coutiea

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  • Wanda New Orleans, La

    I can see clearly now, And one day I will be able to tell you Face to Face, Thank you.

  • thabiso phetla pretoria south africa

    Amen, no dream is bigger than my God and no dream is impossible for him.

  • k

    tyler you are a blessing and a inspiration to many i am going to use your story to motivate me. Tank You.

  • kwa

    Maybe I needed to read this. I feel like i am at my lowest point in life. I never though I will feel so much pain. The person who i loved so much and planned a future with just walked out of my life. This only happen after i helped her financial and supportive while she was in school. When she graduated with school, she told me that I didnt make enough money for her. She wants someone that is making 150,00 or more annually. She laughs at my goals , to my face and or desires that i have for business and success. She tells me that. "it most be misirable to wanna be successful and cannot get it like you". I constantly read books to feed my brain such as Napoleon Hills books (law of success, Think and grow rich). How do i get past this hurt to move on?

  • Veronica Cee Somewhere USA

    Hi Tyler, Thanks for the message, I needed it!! I have been battling with fear, its been trying to attack me recently. I know it is just an attack from the enemy trying to take me back to where I used to be. I have been delivered from fear, In Jesus Name!!:)) I used to live in fear all the time, one because that was all I was taught through my childhood, instead of my parents seeing it and trying to get me involved in something or just get some type of help, they let me continue to live in it. Well, I thank God I have finally been delivered from it. I just keep looking forward, not looking back, and speaking the word over my life when fear tries to arise or attack me. Thanks for the encouragement, I needed this message so much today. I wish I could see you on OWN but I do not have access to the show at the present time. Take Care and have a blessed Day and a wonderful holiday weekend!!

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