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Why Did I Put All My Money Into This?

Why did I put all my money into this? Is this going to work? God, do you hear me? Where are the people? I’m so scared. How will I pay these people? Why did I do this? I can’t pay my rent, they are going to repossess my car…

The year was 1992, July 8th-12th. All these questions were crowding my mind.  I was a 22-year old wannabe... but what I wanted to be I didn’t know. All I knew was that I had written this play about adult survivors of child abuse and I wanted the world to see it. I was so sure that it was going to work that I put my own money into the show.

I had worked as a used car salesman and a bill collector and saved my income tax check and my bonuses. I took that money and hired a cast and built a set and rented a very small theater in Atlanta called the 14th Street Playhouse. I had done all the math in my head: I was going to perform 6 shows, 200 people a show, for a total of 1,200 people. The tickets were $12 and I was going to make $14,000 and be rich… LOL. I was going to give my tithe to the church, give my mother some money, pay my rent (that was two months behind), get my car payment caught up and live happily ever after. I knew as sure as I am sitting here that it was all going to be all right. I had prayed that thang out, as they say in the Baptist church… LOL. Looking back on it now I can laugh, but back then it wasn’t so funny. What I quickly realized is that prayer alone will not always get the results you want. As much work as I did, I didn’t do enough to promote the show. More work was needed to go along with my faith.

I was expecting 1,200 people but only 30 showed up. I was devastated. I thought my dreams were dead. Based off this one thing I thought my life was over. Based on this one failure (what I thought was a failure but it clearly wasn’t), I thought that the rest of my life would be ruined. Needless to say, looking back on it, it was all a part of God’s plan and amazing design for my life. And God has a plan for all of our lives.

Today I celebrate my 20th anniversary in show business. It’s been an amazing journey, one that I will detail in my autobiography one day. You would be surprised, inspired, angry and blown away with what I’ve endured to be here, but until then I’d like to share a little inspiration with you. So many times we think that because one thing didn’t go as planned we should give up on it. So many people leave their dreams dying on the floor, gasping for air because it didn’t work out the first time. Be it marriage, business, children, faith, whatever your dream is, you can't give up because it didn’t go as planned. If I had walked away because it didn’t work you wouldn’t be reading this. I had to keep moving. Yes, there were setbacks. Yes, it was difficult, but I got to see my dreams come to pass because I never stopped moving forward, I never stopped praying and most of all I never stopped believing. DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!! PLEASE DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!! Say this to yourself out loud right now: “DON’T STOP BELIEVING”, and repeat it to yourself whenever you doubt that you can make it.

What you must understand is that everything, all of it, the good the bad and the ugly, it all works together for your good. If you love the Lord you are called according to His purpose. What’s His purpose for you? If you’re not sure, seek it and all your dreams will come true.

To all my dreamers, to all the people who have invested in themselves, to all the people who have the same questions that I did, hear me when I say this: YOU CAN DO IT!!


God Bless you, in Jesus' name, AMEN!


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  • Susan Robinson Homestead, FL

    Thank you!

  • Carla Newnan, GA

    Mr. Perry you are truly and inspiration to so many people. I read this email and immediately thought of my co-worker who is battling breast cancer for the third time. She has been to numerous doctors here in GA, and even they are baffled that cancer has resurfaced even after a voluntary double mastectomy with reconstruction. Financial burdens are insurmountable and some days are harder than others; however, I need her to keep BELIEVING. I need her to know that God is not done with her yet. I plan to share Mr. Perry's email with her in hopes that it will give her the encouraging words that she needs in order to keep pushing! I don't know how many people may be reading this post, but I ask that you too will keep Traci and her family in your prayers and if you find it in your heart, please visit This website was created to help her raise money to get to MD Anderson, the #1 cancer treatment center in America.

    • Carla Newnan, GA #1707735


  • theresa lawrenceville ga

    Thank you Mr. Perry. Inspiration is always needed. I love your work and haven't been disappointed yet. God bless and much love.

  • Elizabeth Legunsen London, England

    Congratulations my love, on 20 years in the industry!! I am wishing you another successful, blissful and happy 20 more years in divine health and with a sound mind in Jesus name. May you continue to go from strength to strength and glory to glory in Jesus name, your best is yet to come, you were created for such a time as this. Have the best day and year of your life yet. Love you and all you do very much, you are a useful member to the body of Christ and to the world, and I know that Father God, your mama and I are mighty proud of you:))

  • Charlie Grant III Savannah Ga.

    Man I tell you the power of God is awesome Tyler. I was lying in bed ready to give up on life, wondering why I am a failure and why God hates me so much. It seems like everything I touch fails then I look through my e-mail and read your story and I am uplifted by your words and testimony. Life is brutal and cruel and your words tonight prevented me from doing something that I know I would have regretted doing. Keep doing what you are doing bro even when you feel that you are not appreciated just know that you saved a life by telling your testimony. Peace.

  • Lashawn smiley Chicago

    I'm sooo proud of you. You have a lot of haters you are making your mom very proud! Keep doing what you do! My mom said please keep the plays and movies coming. They have good lessons in them. My family have seen them alll!! We will back you in anything you do because it's positive!!!! Thanks for doing you.

  • Joni White Covington

    Congratulation Mr. Tyler Perry in the success of your show business. I enjoy your work. Thank you for the encouragement of keeping my dreams alive. I am truly inspired by you. In April 2010 I had a dream of your mother concerned about you and you were unhappy and tired. I was putting your head on a special pillow. I woke up and decided to make these unusal lookking pillows, which I called the emo-comfort pillows. These pillows keep the body in proper alignment and promote a more restful sleep. I tried my best to get the pillows to you. I will love for you to sleep on the pillows you inspired me to design and perhaps endorse it as TPS emo-comfort pillows. Please help me to make this dream come to reality. Also the scripts that I was inspired to write. Thank you my darling Tyler. God bless you and I Love you. Please spread the love. I was haapy to read that you love your fans!

  • Dana Clark Metairie, La.

    Dear Mr. Perry, Thank you so much for posting this, this message was very motivating to me. I have been struggling with my dream for six years, and it seems like every time I get one step forward I would get knocked back 1,000. I have thought about just giving it up and just work for any employer to make ends meet, but something inside me will not let me give up on my dream. I don't know if my dream will ever become a reality, but I will not stop praying, working, or believing in my dream.

  • sakeithsha simien lake charles,la

    Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I was lying here on my mother's couch feeling discourage because 10 yrs. ago I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. After having multiple surgeries, I relaps four yrs. into my remetion, now four more yrs later I was just informed I have relaps again for the 3 time. I began taking class@ a local university but have been unable to regularly attend do to illness. I am 31 yrs old & do have a dream of entering into the NFL as a PR specialist. I do not have a clear understanding of God's plan for my life but I do have a dream & your letter has truly inspired me to keep pressing forward & to not give up dispite my health issues. God bless you Mr. Perry forever more.

    • Keomi McDonald St. Paul, MN #1707706

      Be encouraged. Jesus still heals. Claim it and don't let your faith be shaken. Wait on the Lord and listen for That Still Small Voice. Be VICTORIOUS in Jesus' name. Amen and Amen.

  • Lady Grace San Dimas, Ca

    Dear Tyler, I just wanted to say thank you for your letter today. It was right on time. Today as I taking my lunch break I wept in my car crying out to God how was i ever going to get a ranch to help a bunch of foster kids that i didn't even know. I was discouraged by a dream that seems greater than my resources. So, thanks again. I will press on through my tears, because with God all things are possible. Congratulations on your wonderful anniversary!

  • Lena brooklyn, new york

    I needed this, thank you for sharing Mr. Perry... God's blessings always may He forever shower you with His divine wisdom and knowledge! Stay bless.

  • terriel williams United States

    Thanks for your words, i needed your story. keep on believing.

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