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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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  • Mia Lott Phoenix AZ

    Thank you!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Jeremiah Marietta, GA

    Mr perry, I thank you much for your words of inspiration and encouragement, I am a frustrated dreamer at times but I am still holding on. I must say your interview moved me. I am a mortgage Underwriter but cooking is my passion, my love for cooking came from my from my mother who was a chef but gave up on her dream after years of trying but never had a break. when finally was able to open up a storefront where she would also be cooking in the back then shortly thereafter Katrina hit, with no warning and no insurance she lost everything and came to a stop. I watched my Mom's dream fade away and her passion is my passion therefore I want to do all that i can to make it happen. In august 2011 i was working as a contract Mortgage Underwriter at a major Bank in Birmingham and I would drive back home to Atlanta on weekends to be with my family, 3 children then and 1 on the way at the time. During one of the trip back home, I stepped out on faith and rented a place to open what I have been dreaming of opening, a fast casual restaurant, a wing restaurant with a twist to be exact, and eventually open up a chain. I was laid off shortly after i signed the lease on the place, i had already started renovation, I used up all of my savings, my lady ended up in a comma for a week after an emergency surgery, and now almost 2 years I am still not open yet, backed up on rent, landlord called the other day and said to be expected an eviction letter from her attorney, some telling me I'm wasting my time etc. I 've tried crowd-funding, tried to obtain a loan etc. I was really discourage and started to feel that my dream won't come true until I watch your interview and took in your words of advice. My lady is going back into surgery on June 7, to remove an hernia caused by the last surgery less than a year ago, which we have to pay out of pocket upfront because of not having health care and the surgery is a must right away, it's been put off a few times already due to financial reasons, but the doctor said she must have it right away. With all that going and not able to find work, not able to open the restaurant, people telling me to give it up,i really started to feel discourage, but Praying to God, keeping the faith and your words of encouragement shows me that all I have to do is Believe. Please Keep me in your prayer and I will do the same. You are a great blessing to many,Keep doing your great work stay humble and faithful to the creator, shake the haters off, remember even Jesus was hated on, so who are we for us not to be hated on? keep laying them down by the riverside. May God continue to Bless you and your work. Jeremiah.

  • Jacqueline Ham Florida

    Tyler it was if you went into my child's mind. My daughter have been writing since she was a teenager. This is her passion and like you she feels that her dream may not come to pass. You see, she was diagnosed with Juvenile onset diabetes when she was 3. She is now 36 and has lost her eye sight in one yes and has very limited sight in the good eye. She never asks for handouts but feels she does not matter in this life be no matter which way she turns, she can't get anyone to guide her n the right directions. She does not know that I wrote to you. Is there. any advise on how to go about getting her book published except for self publishing. I just want to help my child and do and ask whoever I can to help her realize her dream. She had her book copyrighted last year and posts a chapter every Tuesday on Facebook. The name of her book is called, 'The Story That is Us.' And she is under Millie Key.

  • Jeff Stone United States

    Thank you for that!!! I'm pretty sure that my journey through this miserable job, (insurance agent), will teach me something that will benefit me in my own budding business. It's good that someone who's been in the tunnel and reached the light and look back and encourage other on that same journey! I did hit you guys up with a request for your company to try my services there in Atlanta. I hope it gets into the right hands and that person sees fit to give me a try!! Be blessed and continue to share your progress. Thanks! Jeff Stone.

  • Marlene Cheltenham, PA

    Tyler -- I watched the interview you did with Oprah on NEXT CHAPTER and I have HAVES AND HAVE NOTS and LOVE THY NEIGHBOR dvr'd to watch shortly. I so acknowledge you for never giving up, for following your dream in the face of it not being possible. I loved what you said to Oprah about God having a hand in it. What else can explain it? His hand guided you in the right direction even when it didn't look like it. I also have taken everything I know and set it aside to pursue the career of my dreams. This has never been and will never be a job. I plan family vacations to Disney Destinations and fulfill on everything the families want. It is the best thing I have ever done. It is all about them, and never about me. I say that God had a hand in this, giving me a new lease on life and spending whatever time I have left making people happy. I thank you for your commitment to the lives of everyone you touch -- from this unknown lady in Cheltenham to the Staff at TPS to the President of the United States. Thank you for who you are!!

    • patricia jackson nashville tn #1841137

      HI Mr, Perry my name is patricia but you can call me lynn .you may wont to write about my life.but it's more important things to help people than my life for instance can you please make a play about the struggles people are going through like my husband and i move from Cincinnati, Ohio to Nashville Tn and then he just left me he's on drugs he just walk rt out the door now im struggling on disability trying to pay the rent .he works every day gets paid every tuesday .and smokes his money up instead of helping me build A BETTER LIFE .he gets $200.00 dollars in food stamps and i get $67.00 and he sells his and im left trying to make food last untill the next month thank GOD for section 8 because with out it i would be homeless i can not afford $500.00to $600.00 amonth for rent i get $730.00 dollars a month the government donot care were i live or if i live .there should be a law for dead beat husband THERE IT IS YOUR NEW PLAY THE DAED BEAT HUSBAND..a man should not be able to just leave his family and not support them well i went through legal aid and i filed for divorce I CAN DO BAD BY MY SELF..i just want a chance to make it and reach back and help people who are in need ..buy some property and give people a nice home and not keep telling people you will never own your own home .give people a chance GOD dose it every day .i know i should not play the lottery but every now and then when it gets big i will try to save a dollar .now i'm a grow woman and i have to save to have a dollar .Mr Perry will you please talk to your freinds and see if you and maybe Oprah can build some nice homes for our people i'm in great danger of losing my section 8 voucher because i owe the gas and electic company $4168 DOLLARS AND SOME CHANGE NOW HOW CAN I PAY IT IM ON DISABILTY I CAN'T WORK IF I DO I WILL LOSE MY SECTION 8 AND THEN I WILL BE HOMELESS AND IF I DON'T WORK TO PAY THIS UTILITY BILL I'M STILL RISKING BEING HOMELESS YOU CAN NOT HAVE A SECTION 8 VOUCHER WITH OUT UTILITIES AND THEY MUST BE IN YOUR NAME .SO WHAT DO I DO PREPARE TO BE HOMELESS ...PLEASE GET THIS MESSAGE OUT LET PEOPLE KNOW WHATS REALLY GOING ON THE CASE WORKERS ARE TAKING THE FOOD STAMPS OR GIVING THEM TO FAMILY MEMBERS AND SPLITTING THEM UP AND PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEEDS THEM ARE BEING TURN DOWN ..MY HUSBAND SELLS HIS EVERY MONTH YES I HAVE REPORTED HIM ,BUT HE'S STILL GETTING FOOD STAMPS. THE GRAPE VINE IS STILL OPEN JUST KEEP YOUR EARS OPEN AND LISTEN .... YOU JUST MIGHT HEAR YOUR OWN NAME....I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY I KNOW THEIR IS A GOD....

  • Yolanda Indiana

    Hello Mr. Perry. I thank you for posting this. It has TRULY inspired me. God has given me a dream also. It started in 2008 and I had no clue what He was up to. Right now, I'm pursing that dream by faith. My prayer is that God lead and guide me ALL THE WAY and that I will FOREVER LISTEN to His voice , MOVE when He says MOVE , STOP when He says STOP, SLOW DOWN when He says SLOW DOWN. May you RICHLY reap ALL that you have SOWED into the lives of people. You're a TRUE inspiration. I admire you.

  • Linda United States

    I just want to say Thank you sooo very much for that Prayer..Believe me when I say that GOD directed me to this page today of all days to read your post..You hit the nail on the head.. So again Thank-you GOD Bless

  • Tony Chattanooga, Tennessee

    I go through this everyday. I wake up go to the gym an workout just to release some of the angry an frustration. I bust my behind everyday at work when I go in for 8 hours a want to leave soon as walk in the door. I have a dream of being an animator an when I do have some down time I draw. I've found that when I draw my brain works these amazing charaters onto paper. It hurts knowing that I cant do one of the 3 things I want to do in life. It seems as if I'm stuck an prsy an keep faith in the Lord. This message from Mr. Perry just gave me inspiration to keep my head up an keep going

  • Tasha

    Hey Tyler, I was wondering when you were waiting on God's timing in your life and for Him to open doors for you, did He give you vivid dreams or previews of things to come?

  • Charlotte New Orleans, LA

    AMEN, Amen and Amen again. Habbakuk 2:2

    • Charlotte New Orleans, LA #1836189

      Habbakuk 2:2-3 .... forgot verse three which is the most relevant part! LOL :)

    • carol burks houston texas #1838234

      I enjoy everything you do.in this life time I would like to visit your studio. I like what you do l love your spirit I know the lord is with you in every thing you do love you hope to see you soon