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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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  • Nina K United States

    Thanks for this reminder Tyler. I have been boxing with these feelings for a long, long time with a very small flame of faith flickering in the background. I saw your interview with Oprah too. Reading this and watching you has made that flame brighter and for the first time in long while I'm looking forward to it growing. Much obliged and God Bless.

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  • VVictoria Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Thank you for your thoughts and prayer! It brought tears to my eyes. It was as if you were reading the walls of my soul. Thank you and may God continue his blessings upon your life. He has truly blessed me through your words and experiences.

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  • carla so blessed cleveland,ohio

    Tyler Perry, What a blessing to read the inspiring comments, you know people can't all be pleased as long as you are in the will of our LORD JESUS CHRIST Of Nazareth than you are GOOD the LORD, said SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU....MATTHEW 6:33..ALSO WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL IN OUR ACTIVITIES YOU KNOW HOW THE ENENMY ACCUSES..I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THE PRAYERS OF THE RIGHTEOUS AVAILS MUCH...IF YOU NEED SOME INSPIRING WORDS GO TO BENEVOLENT LOVE MINISTRIES CLICK SCARLET CORD MIN... READ THE BLOG WE ARE A CHRUCH THAT THE GATES OF H*** WILL NOT PREVAIL A CHURCH MOVING FOWARD AND PASTOR'S AFTER GOD"S HEART...MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT.....PEACE BE WITH YOU...

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  • Rebotile South Africa

    Wow touchy Amen*teary* thank u Mr Perry that's what m going through now getting frustrated by work

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  • QUEEN BAKER DULUTH, GA

    Hello, Tyler. I'm a female fan. I'm a string artist and an aspiring writer. In 2008, Bishop Paul and Debra Morton bought a portrait of yours that I did with strings, and I understand they gave it to as a christmas gift. I wrote a script you would die for; it's a Madea screenplay, and you'd snatch it off my hands when you see it. I also wrote two episodes of For Better or Worse that will impress you. I am aware of your legal troubles with those who claimed you used their works, and I understand how this must make you feel, but please remember that there are aspiring writers, who wouldn't have a chance unless someone takes a chance with them. I wrote a letter of authorization signed by me saying that you're free to read my scripts for consideration, and if you're not interested, there will be no legal ramifications or backlash. Anyway, I'm confident my scripts are so good, you'll not only want them, but will put me on your team. My phone number and email are available. I hope to hear from you. Thank you.

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  • Juwan BHAM,AL

    Thank Jesus.

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  • valerie renee felder 3540 north camp creek parkway 30331 a pt r2

    tyler perry i am ur most gracious fan I say that because ur charter madea is a replicia of my deceased grandmother please dont stop producing madea keep my grandma alive, I would love to meet you in person and work for you I have struggled from job to job every since my job in 2009 moved to charlotte nc where i worked for 20 years it is hard for me to find a job Im not looking for a hand out like other people I m looking for a hand up all i need is the chance to have a job so i can pay my bills and take care of my mother and and my 2 sick sisters I have always been the back bone of my family but lately i havent been able to help and Im on the verge of loosing my apartment i just need a job im not asking for money and I live right down the street from studio I will clean wash cars I cant cook at all but I am willing to learn anything I can help me help myself please my mom and sisters are all I have and I am failing them I know u have people all around begging you for money Im not begging Im asking for employment I am very hard working I have cut grass painted I have a lot of experience to bring to the table not looking for anyone to take care of me just someone to help mehelp myself plese thank you sir this 47 year old soon to be 48 appreciateyou very much

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  • DREAMER'S ANTHEM

    I LIVE THE SAME OLD DREAM DAY AND NIGHT.....I COULDN'T LIVE MY LIFE OR SO IT SEEMS............ A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND IF GIVEN TIME-----I KNOW WHY TRIED TO LET IT GO BUT IT WOULD"NT DIE------I KNOW WHY (by Billy Ocean)

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  • V. Brown Louisiana

    I only hope I had that prayer in me a month ago, because I walk out and quit my job. I felt like a failure because I gave up. But I know I'm not. Because I know God have favors for me and I pray everyday and tell my mountains to move so God can shower me with my blessings.

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  • Mia Lott Phoenix AZ

    Thank you!

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  • jahmetanesbitt orlando,fl,32808

    hi my name is jahmeta and i would love to act in one of your shows please this my one and only dream and i want prove my self and others.

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  • Sophia patrick Columbus ga.

    Mr.perrry ,you are heaven sent with the gift to inspire many others like myself. I live pretty much a life of wanting more for my son and I. While others are gossiping at work I'm always off to myself wondering how to succeed . It's like I have great inventions to sell but when I approach the company ,money is needed for a patent.. Jus how do I overcome these obsticales

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