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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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  • Melrose Edwards Kingston, jamaica

    Tyler, That was just so inspiring, beautiful, kind and considerate. It could easily have been me. Thanks for the prayer. I preach acceptance but I need to practice it more in my personal situation. Be well, Be Blessed, Be Loved, and always stay as genuine and wonderful as you are. Melrose PS Watched the interview with Oprah twice. I was eating out of your hands, literally.

  • LaPamela Bond Los Angeles, CA

    I don't know where the Lord will lead you concerning my situation. All I have ever wanted to do is serve Him, work hard to snatch Hollywood from the fires of Hell. Boldly share God's glory even if it should mean the end of my story. We share the office with Curtis and others that could greatly benefit from the power of our living God. Mr. Perry please pray and ask the Lord concerning this email for I never want to presume to know His will. I am humbled by your gifts and your desire to ultimately hear our savior say well done.

  • Marla Conway St. Louis, MO

    Dear Mr. Perry, I sincerely hope this message gets to you. I just finished reading the book, "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander, a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer. This book explains how people of color are being treated unfairly and being incarcerated under the new caste system disguised as the War on Drugs platform. Many men, particularly men of color specifically black and brown men are being held in prisons for years for minor drug offenses while many white men are not. While in prison there are no programs available to help the men become employable when the get out as well as labeling them felons which prevents them from getting drivers licenses, housing, food stamps, etc. This problem has to get to all people. This isn't a war on drugs but a war on poverty and it has to stop. I would sincerely like for you to consider making a movie about the book so that people will wake up and see that there is still discrimination in this country and a change needs to be made. I would ask that you read the book for yourself and see that it's a story worth telling. Thank you for your consideration, Marla Conway

  • Cory Easton Atlanta,Ga

    Dear Tyler perry I have read your passage and I love the inspiration you give to stay in prayer.ive been were you are,homeless job to job trying to make it day by day it's hard work.just have to keep pressing on.I have dreams on one day of becoming successful.sometimes I wonder what is my calling .I have fear sometimes weather I won't know.you know who's my biggest impact,inspiration,my mom she alway say you can be anything you want to be and I want to make her proud by the grace and power of God .me and my brother been looking and waiting for that door to open one day.andwe hope its your door.T.P we have a surprise for you.let just say unique.peace to you and your fam.god bless you.

  • Gary Powder Springs Georgia

    Hello Tyler, I always think about your story on you past life and how you made it through. Especially when you I get down. I am a small business owner od a small insurance agency. I have been in business for 7 years, and everyday is a struggle to stay open. I have hit the wall and do not feel that I can keep going. I now am in deep financial trouble trying to keep things going for my business and my family. By deep I mean $10,000 I live a modest life with the basic's, cannot take my wife on a vacation, which she always talk about travel. The thing that hurt the most is when she talks about how her friends are traveling and their husbands are taking them here and there. I do not say anything but it hurts. My business problem is what I most afraid of because it can make it worst for us. I am a hard working self sufficient man, who has always tried to take care of his family. But I do not know what to do this is the most broken inside I have ever felt. I just feel like ending it all. I not a bad guy but I feel worthless. I pray for God's power to help me.

  • rochelle gabriel moore okc

    I wrote out a little not much as you did on cbs!its to painful! Not only that for the life of me an my three childre an I can escape the abuse we face everyday. Their father is so negatve and abusive I don't know away yet! We don't want him around but for now! We have nothing

  • lelani somewhere in the south

    Have you ever woken up and just felt so cursed? I suffer a lot... digestive issues, mental illness, been through domestic violence, verbal abuse, living in my car at 20 and... sexual exploitation at the age of 7... I am not the woe is me type but... this article breathed some insight that maybe I can continue to journal all the way to my healing. Im so glad I can actually feel the sincerity of this message. After watching Precious, I couldnt help but feel d*** about the ending... I mean, how do you give them a history lesson about who they are... and then get rid of the self hate? My dream: That maybe one day I'll have the courage to write my story like you. Not for fame... but maybe for other little girls who dont want to cry alone in silence or darkness... and escape the dysfunction and have hope... that this ugly and painful curse will be broken. More (real) Love, Lelani.

  • Cattina C. Coleman Harlem

    I'm just a Group Home Girl Looking To Make Way Own Way In The World. You may or maynot read this; but if you do I "KNOW" I have a story to tell that can be a great motivational movie to be made about a girl caught up in the Group Home Life..... I'd be honored if you considered the idea. Signed, Cattina C. Coleman

  • Jessica Pa

    Hi Mr. Perry! Thank you for sharing your story and being an inspiration. I would like to share my brother's story with you. Please take a moment to read this webpage.

  • karen medlock United States

    hi mr.tyler perry my name is karen medlock im 34 years old im the baby out of 7 siblings well ive been locked up in the pen twice for stealing and ive never worked for a white man due to my mom and step father having a cleaning company they helped me out a lot and just recently i was fitred my step dad has been a good dad however he has a temper and sometimes he can be down right mean so i got fed up with the way he talks to me and i asked him to please respect me its a way to talk to people so he blows up saying i aint got time for baby sitting or hugs so he fired me for speaking my mind mind u thats the only job ive ever had and they used to pay my rent and its due on the 4th or im out on the street i have no money i get stamps but thats it i have no car so i would have to catch the bus which would be hard since i have no funds i dont know who else to turn to ive thought about ending my life but ive come to far to give up im a drummer im not asking for anything free can u help me to get back on my feet i use to steal but i wanna do things the right way will u please help me

  • Betty Perry kinston, north carolina

    Tyler I have watched all of your m movies and I have experienced everyone of them. I'm so tired now. Broke hurt and feel so let down. I'm a very good person and have been abused 3 times but not no more. Right now I'm trying to get me and my daughter out of this situation. She is 10 yrs old. And he knows I don't have no extra money to move so I feel he is towing with me. Please please could you pray for me and if you have any extra charity in your heart could you please help me. I'm begging. Please I'm waiting for God to favor me.

  • RiaKay GB

    I'm in tears, finally someone who understands my situation..been waking up every morning dreading going to the job that i hate so much,i have so many dreams but i dont see how im going to get there, was frustrated at all the doors being shut..felt like God didnt hear me when i prayed and then He lead me to your page. This speaks directly to me. Thank you and God bless you!

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