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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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  • Rahel Dallas(TX)

    Dear Tyler. Here i am for the 3rd time coming back to post my comment. Like i said yesterday as any child i had a DREAM to be an ACTOR. Another dream i have in my heart is to me you and Oprah. Three years ago i was diagnose with breast cancer and the whole attitude change towards to life. I became very thankful to see each day. I take it as a blessing and gift from GOD every day. Those two dream on hold. I pray everyday and my dream is to see my kids growing and achieve their dream. All I dream about been successfull, travel the world, be a famous person became secondary for me because the 1st important thing we all should know is HEALTH. We all should try to make good thing out of everyday. I learn my lesson the next moment is not ours. I am hoping all my dream come true and my boys dream as well. My son dream is to be NFL and he even sleep with foot ball. That is my dream to be alive and see that day. I tell people arround me when it get really dark that is when God preparing you for more blessing. After I got sick. I been getting more blessing. I am hoping my dream will come true to meet you and Oprah as well. I beleive patient and faith is needed to let God work in our life. All good thing will happen on his time.

  • Keisha Unger Sacramento California

    Tyler, thank you so much for showing some enlightment on the basis of your dreams and working at a job where your unhappy and under serving.where the darkness of others the light has shown bright with what's fact and not fiction. Sense the day of giving birth to my daughter I have did my best to stay at my means to provide for her and strive to make it perfect with the lords help to be the best supporting single parent.. Thank you for this message and eye opener..

  • Anthony United States

    Wow...You just sum up my current walk in life. I have so many dreams, but working for someone else is slowly killing them. I feel as if my talents are being used to make others rich and at the same time putting my dreams on hold. Men, I could use a break through soon. It is so hard to have to live like this, I help so many people live out their dreams everyday and it seems as if, I get nothing in return. Reading this article has giving me hope again and a chance to look at life differently for a change. Thank you for posting this article.

  • Brande Clark Detroit, MI

    Hey Tyler, Im sitting here crying after reading your last message. I am a frustrated dreamer. I am trying so hard to hold it together, but some days are harder than others. I graduated from college a couple years ago and ended up with a job that doesn't have anything to do with my degree. I like my job but its not my dream, and not to mention its getting hard to make ends meet. Sometimes its a struggle just to keep food in the refrigerator and gas in the car. I keep waking up thinking "something has to give, life can't stay this way". I have so many dreams but its painful to visualize them and then come back to reality. But in reading your message I feel a little bit more inspired to keep pushing. If you're reading this please pray for me, I NEED IT!! Thanks again for the message! I love you dearly!

  • Raxine Houston, TX

    ...I am a frustrated dreamer Tyler...

    • Raxine Houston, TX #1832123

      Ps. I said the prayer (thank you). Now by (continued) Faith, God has NO other choice BUT to bless me! I won't accept/settle for anything less than the best from Him! These dreams and purpose are not my own! --Make room for me Tyler at the Studios! ;-) (In Jesus' name!) <3

  • Anika Logan

    Thank you.

  • Charles David Ford Cincinnati, Ohio

    Mr. Perry I would like to thank you for your encouraging words! I keep the faith for I know that to believe is the important ingredient to achieving. I have been through so much in my life and yet I am still here BLESSED! I want to become! I want to help! I want to make a difference when and where-ever I can. At this point in my life I am a third shift Laundry Attendant, and I operate my own hand car wash. I aspire to entertain because in doing so, I can prove to myself that yes I CAN, and I keep the faith that the Most High will eventually open the doors, and I Charles David Ford will reach GREATNESS, although I never loose sight that GREATNESS is in what I DO! So I will continue working hard and doing what is necessary to place myself where I know one day I will be! With the BLESSING of the MOST HIGH! Thank you for your time and for listening! Charles (Red)

  • ikimmyy

    Thank you Mr Tyler Perry, you always have some inspirational words or come up with films, shows etc that are soo related to what i may see around me or going through. Your a great example who God has surley blessed and is blessing. Keep up your good work i certainly look forward to the things you come up with....... God Bless you :)

  • Rahel (Dallas, TX)

    Dear Tyler: First of all i would like to thank you so much for been a good model for lots of us out here. 1st time I saw you on Oprah which Oprah is my life. I truly cried which a happy cry. I told every one i know. There is always hope in life. Because you are a TRUE God example. As a child i had a dream like any child. I always dream to be ACTOR. I did some acting when i was in high school. But where i came from (Ethiopia) it is mostly have a degree was parent focus not like follow my hurt. I guess when i see you it makes me feel like you are leaving my dream life. I came to the states 16 years ago with my lovely husband from Ethiopia. It wasn't a choice to follow my dream. The only choice was try to survie. I start working and try to go college. I graduate from college and now i am happy what i have because when you complain you get more to complain. Eventhough it is not my dream job but i tell you. What i do put smile on my family face and put some bread and milk on the table for my precious boys. I have to boys one 10 and the other 7. The 10 years old know how to act but i always ask him why not been actor and he always say mama been an anctor is mom dream not his. He wants to be NFL player. So i always tell him to follow his heart. Because God will put a dream on our heart and we should follow our heart. So there is another dream in my life never came pass (happen) for me. I have two people i love and adore just like they are my family member. Oprah and Tyler Perty. My kids pray every night for me to meet you guys but never came. I even ask God can i at list be the first person to comment on their facebook. Guess what never happend. I know deeply from my heart Everything is possible in GOD. One day this two dream will come true and my life will be complete. To be honest Tyler i am not furstrated at all but kind of puzzled i guess. If i can get connected with GOD why is that really hard to meet you and Oprah. Just why? I know between me and God there is no wall. But between me and you guys has a big wall and one day that wall will break through for me with almight God. Thank you for giving me hope.

  • Michele Reintjes Jacksonville NC

    As I was reading the article by Tyler Perry it brought back many memories. I am 60 years old and was born two months early in 1953. I was told that I had cerebral Palsy but I learned at a early that was not going to stop me. I knew my God put me me here for a reason and He was going to help me discover the right path. It was not an easy journey but I am now retired with 27 years with DOD and three years has a social worker in a nursing home. When people ask how did I acomplish these goals I say I always have God at my side and I know that there is someone who 's struggles were harder than mine and offer them up in pray.

  • Shamera Carrollton - TX

    Thank you Tyler for this confirmation! This reminded me that I am on track with the visions that God has given me. Below is an excerpt from my book. The title of the book is "Saved by Grace - The Memoir of an Immigrant" This book is my testimony of God's grace on my life since I migrated to the USA 9 years ago. Some may wonder why a girl from the villages of Jamaica would want to write a book? But when you have been through what I have been through and God brought you out by His grace, you have no choice but to tell of His gloriousness! This chapter is titled "All You Have Been Through Will Not Be Wasted" "Know that all you have been through both good and bad helps to shape who you are. It’s so easy for us as humans to disregard the trying times, yet embrace the victorious times. But believe me when I say you are who you are because of all times. Looking back I can now see that being asked to clean the hotel floor back in Branson, Missouri was a test of my pride. The test of pride is to prove if you can do what you've got to do where the lord has placed you to learn what you need to learn, so you can move from one level to the next. And if you don’t past the test you’ll never complete the class so you’ll have to keep taking it over and over again, because you didn’t learn what you should have learned the first time." Tyler every single word that you said here is true! Because I have lived it and I am still living it! I have the visions and the dreams that God has given me all written down according to the book of habakkuk. But, but, but.....

  • Philile South Africa (KZN)

    Hi Tyler, Thank you. You always know what to say and when to say it. It unbelievable how you just know what i am going through. I'm so encouraged Thank you again. May God bless you and keep you for a long time.