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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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  • Michelle Chesterton,IN

    Very stimulating advice, thank you and if I may add another difficulty with being a dreamer. Sharing the dreams that God has placed in YOUR heart within the neighborhood of NoCanDo. Over the many years of being a vivid dreamer, I learned to only tell my God given desires with people that will encourage me. The nay sayers sadly gave up on their own dreams and will attempt to talk you out of yours:(! Walt's dream began with a mouse, just sayin'. In 45 years I have worked at a bank, mortgage company,video store, restaurant, bars, and cleaned houses. I've owned my own candy store (Awesome Lollipop Shop), sold Pampered Chef and I worked for the airlines. I'm working 4 part time jobs now, 2 for minimum wage as a food demonstrator and also at an assisted living. I have moments I must confess, that I do get frustrated but I strive to go into work with a smile on my face. I combined one of my fav songs and with a quote from Joyce Meyer, "Dont Stop Believing", your failures can take you to success. It brings me confidence to know I am not failing, Ive become very diverse from each of these positions. I will carry these lessons with me always. "Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have HOPE! I PROMISE this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles." Zechariah 9:32 God made us a promise, He doesn't lie, He keeps His word! Our part is to hope, dream, have faith and to encourage others.

  • Tricia Thomas Marietta, GA

    As always, you continue to inspire me. This is what God has planned for you all along. I ALWAYS can relate to what you are saying & this time is no exception. I now have another daily prayer to add to my day. Thank you!

  • Tanisha Kennedy Youngstown, Ohio

    Wow, Thanks Tyler. That really hit home for someone I know, I read it to him and now I know he can strive another day. Thank You So Much, you are a blessing and you sure are doing his work. WORK TYLER!!!

  • Tara Walker Columbus Ohio

    I wish I would've known you were in Columbus Ohio today. What you did for South-Western schools was AWESOME! Thank you for ALWAYS being an inspiration to us all. Please take a moment to view my trailer @ www.indiegogo.com/pradalanethemovie1 we didn't meet our goal; however, I refuse to give up. I believe in this project, the story and the cast. I would like your feedback as to how I can improve. I'm striving to one day not only sit next to you, but to become as awesome as you in my spiritual gift and craft. Thank you, Tara Walker

  • Ms. TIna MS

    Mr. Perry, You have really blessed me on today.......your message was right on time for me. This message was a word from God for me because I was in a place of frustration. I've got to "Keep it moving and never lose sight of the dreams God has given me". Thank you soooooo much for sharing.

  • I 1Cor.2:9

    "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that LOVE HIM".(1 Cor. 2:9)(KJV)

  • 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.

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