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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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  • Dana S. Texas

    Thank you for sharing!


    Frustrated...I'm about to be a frustrated "TP" fan (or "Board Member" as I've been called) :-). What about "Meet the Browns"??? I know, it's your business to run however you like...but the really kind and loving thing to do is remember the fan's. Please, please, please reconsider.

    • p.s. usa #1831630

      p.s. Why are you making me beg???

  • Eve bedroom or marriott

    I had given up on dreams and then you found me and I found you because I came from you. Well, I hope that you don't mind that your dream girl has nightmares.

  • J Atlanta, GA

    Thanks TP! I needed that!!

  • Tiffanie Green

    Dear Mr. Perry, I read your post in my email this morning. I have always wanted to be a writer for children's books. When I was young, my teachers said that I had the talent to write. As an adult it is hard for me to sit down and actually write about something when you have a job and a million other things that you need to do in life. Your message has inspired me to do what I want to do and make time for myself to actually sit down and write! Thank you and God bless you!

  • Dreamer Car

    Thank you for your words of encouragement, I pray ALL your dreams come true, too. :0)

  • LaRhonda Mobile

    I been having this ideal ( Invention) in my heart since 1989 for brothers and sisters who are handicap and need protection for the weather, but I don't know where to go because I don't have the Money to start I haven't gave up because God put that ideal in my heart so I'm going to continue to stand on his Word, keep me in pray.

  • Marco Charleston Duluth, GA

    Good Morning Mr. Perry, when you wrote this post, it seem like you were in my head writing my thoughts. This is exactly how I feel on a daily basis as God is my witness! I am so frustrated right now because my dreams are so vivid and clear but it seems as if I just can not attain them. But I do know one thing, working normal Job is not for me. God has more in store for me but the struggle that I am going through right now is just preparing me for his greatness. I am a aspiring actor here in the Atlanta area and I know my break is coming! So when I read your post about the Frustrated Dreamer, that is EXACTLY how I feel on a daily basis. So I want to thank you for making that post.

  • Lolade Toronto, Canada

    Good Morning Mr. Perry, Thank you so much for this word, what an inspiration indeed. This last week was extremely frustrating for me and I know it was only because I am living contrary to what I'm seeing in my mind, what I am constantly dreaming of. Infact my husband and I had that conversation only to see your email. I know God is up to something magnificent, it's the waiting part I've to deal with. Thanks alot for the encouragement, may God continue to bless you and take you to the next level. Wishing you all the very best always. Sincerely Lolade

  • Sybil South Africa

    Good afternoon Mr Perry I just read your message at a moment in my life when I really needed to know someone knows what it is to have dreams and visions and the frustration that goes along with not having your current experience of life reflect those dreams and visions. Well this has given me the courage to keep at it because you made it and I will to. Thank you for sharing that with us all.

  • Sharon Cape Town

    Thank you for the wisdom and knowledge you share, it only comes from the most high our Lord Jesus. Be Blessed and continu to be a blessing.

  • Andre Palatine,IL.

    Good Morning Mr. Perry, Thanks for taking the time to write this, it has really encouraged my wife and I to continue on our path to success not worrying about what tomorrow may brings, but keeping our mind focused on our goals and knowing that through faith and patience we will inherit the promise that God has for us. Thanks for you do for the African community, and the for the world of creative arts and film. You definitely are person that many young men and women look up to. So thanks you for being consistent in your career and personal life.