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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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  • Debbie Portsmouth

    Hello, Tyler Perry and everyone else. I know we all have a dream like,we want to for feel. And we all know how Tyler Perry followed his dreams and as we all know he Had to struggle to get where he is today. He don't owe any of us a thing because we watch his movies, pay to go to see his sitcoms. Yes I know he thanks everyone for supporting him because he's thankful. Yet I don't think he went around saying someone helped you to, be where you are today. People's, we don't have to remind anyone who was Blessed enough to follow there dreams trust me they know how they got there and if and when they decide to reach out and give us a chance by God's grace they will. Tyler Perry is a real man in heart and trust and believe, he's already spoken to (FATHER GOD ABOUT WHAT HE WOULD DO IF HE OPEN THE DOORS FOR HIM). SO TO SAY ALL OF THIS TO SAY!" WHY DONT WE START BY SHOWING HIM THAT, WE. CAN HELP EACH OTHER OUT NOW AND WERE NOT FAMOUS YET. Okay as I said early on. I have a book published and I needed help, but couldn't get it, so I stepped out anyway because I'm not ashame of mistakes nor good, bad feed backs. Hay just preparing myself for when I do become famous. I tell good stories! I'm just not a good writer can. You guys HELP ME JUDGE ME. NAME OF MY BOOK IS.(YOU CAN ISSUE IT,BUT CAN YOU TAKE IT?"WHEN IT COMES BACK TO YOU). THANKS

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  • Debbie Lang Portsmouth

    Hello, Tyler Perry I moved from Wisconsin with the hopes of getting closer to my dreams. I said to myself. That the next book that I get published will come from someone in the traditional family.because I know their is a God and I have faith. I refuse to give another dime to self publishing. Its along journey in your pocket. Forever lasting phone calls asking for money I don't have. Yes I do want to follow my dreams, but not by being anyone's fool. That being said. I'm saying No more pick pocket, No more self publishing and yes to TRADITIONAL. GOD'S WILL.

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  • Debbie Portsmouth

    Hello, Tyler Perry I would like to share my testimony with everyone. Every sense I was young growing up my passion was to become a writer/author. So every time I had something on my MIND I would write it down because I didn't want to forget it, so I would write it on the closest thing to me. Then I would put it in a safe place. Now I'm grown and unashamed. I saw a chance when I heard about self publishing. I saved up enough money to publish two manuscripts. I know I have a lot of stories to tell all I needed was someone to help me write, so that it would be a good read, but no one wanted to see me shine. So here's what I did; I did the best I could. And I'm not ashame. I know some gone laugh, talk about it in every way it's only goner make me stronger and wiser cause I ain't gone stop following my dream. I will see everyone in the audience and I'm gone with them. Cause self publisher except my hard savings and let me put my mistakes and in a book cover, Cause I'm gone shine and GOD already has a plan his will. Author Debbie Bell 1.Leave US alone and let us shine. 2.You can issue it,but can you take it when it come back to. Worldwide

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  • Debbie Portsmouth

    Hello: Tyler Perry. I admire your strength and eager to follow your dreams no matter how many rejections you had that close the doors in your face,and slammed the receiver down in your ears. But they couldn't take your Faith in Father GOD. I have a dream that's waiting for me by God's Grace and I hope and pray he sends one of his angels with a helping heart to help me with my manuscripts. It will be a good book when God send his help in Jesus name amen.

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  • Khanyi Botswana. africa

    Hi Tyler Perry. This story was directed to me personally and thank you, thank you and thank you. Because I will keep on. I started a good business that grossed about usd 200 000 in 10 months and i went down just like that. I was actually giving up and thinking that maybe i should go back to work. But tell you what, I am going to go on with my dream and start again till I succeed. I remember your words very well, no fear, i should just plant and not worry about the weather, the rain and all but just to believe. May God bless you continuously.

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  • LINDSEY

    GREETINGS TYLER, I JUST WANTED TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR THE FRUSTRATED DREAMER POST. THIS HAS TRULY BLESSED MY SOUL IN MORE WAYS THAN YOU CAN EVER IMAGINE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TRANSPARENCY AND OBEDIENCE TO SHARE YOUR STORY. I KNOW WITH OUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT GOD HAS CALLED ME TO BIRTH SO MUCH THAT I CANT EVEN FATHOM. UNFORTUNATELY, I ALLOWED THE DEVIL TO CREEP IN HERE RECENTLY AND BEGIN TO DOUBT DUE TO MY CURRENT SITUATION AND THERE IS NOTHING MORE FRUSTRATION THEN A VISIONARY WITH NO RESOURCES AND CLUE HOW IT WILL COME TO FRUITION. BUT THE POST IS QUITE POWERFUL AND INSPIRING TO KEEP MY EYE ON THE PRIZE AND REST ON HIS PROMISE TO WRITE THE VISION AND MAKE IT CLEAR THO IT TARRY WAIT ON IT. AGAIN THANK YOU AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO GRANT YOU HIS FAVOR AS YOU POUR INTO OTHERS.

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  • Toni S.c

    Hi Mr.Perry I can't tell you how much you are an inspiration to me.I have watch all of your shows and I can tell you it's like you have been peeking through my windows.I have been through so much in my life.I feel like I got so much ideas I can really share with you.I just need a chance to let it out.My life is like a movie.So Mr.Perry I am asking you to please give me a chance.Before asking for this opportunity I went down into prayer asking GOD to please let me be heard where I can express my ideas.I am not asking to be a star I just feel like what I went through it could really help someone else.

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  • OLIVIA MAYWEATHER LYONS, GA

    WELL TYLER, I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START...ALL MY LIFE I BEEN A GIVER NOT A TAKER BUT N THE WHOLE SCENARIOS I BEEN THROUGH AT AGE OF 40 HAS NOT ADVANCED AT ALL IN LIFE. WHAT IT HAS DONE IS SCARRED ME WITH HURT & THE FEELING OF BEING UNLOVED. I'M CURRENTLY IN SCHOOL TRYING TO GRADUATE IN HOPES OF OWNING A DAYCARE. I HAVE NO IDEAL HOW TO WRITE A PROPOSAL FOR THE GOVERNMENT FOR FREE GRANTS FOR OPENING A SMALL BUSINESS OR KNOW ANYONE TO HELP ME GET THERE? I HAVE DREAMS OF BETTER LIFE FOR ME. I ALSO HAVE SONETHING FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND LIKE TO WORK WITH CHILDREN THAT ARE TROUBLE BUT I FEEL MORE EDUCATION IS NEEDED IN THAT AREA. I WANT HAVE A FOR-FILLING LIFE THAT I NEVER HAD. I NEVR BEEN ON VACATION OR FAMILY REUNION MOST OF MY FAMILY IS DECEASE. I DO NOT KNOW WHERE MY FAMILY LINE RUNS. I MITE BE SOME KINE TO FLOYD MAYWEATHER THE BOXER, JUST DON'T KNOW. WHAT HURTS ME SO...I HAVE LET PEOPLE BORROW 1,518.00 WHICH I KNOW THATS NOT ALOT AND I HAVE TRYED TO REACH THEM TO ASK FOR PAYMENT BUT THEY WILL NOT RESPOND. HAVE'NT TALKED WITH THIS INDIVIDUAL IN FIVE MONTHS AND THEY SWEAR ON A DEAD RELATIVE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. MY JOB LAID 150 PEOPLE ON AUG. 14,2014- UNEMPLOYMENT WHICH IS ONLY 200.00 A WEEK... ONLY GOOD FOR 6 MORE WEEKS AND I'M STILL IN SCHOOL TRYING TO GRADUATE IN DEC. 2014. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ME & MY SON GOING TO DO???? ALL I CAN SAY LORD TAKE THE WHEEL. I SURELY NEED SOME TYPE OF HELP WHILE I'M PRESSING THROUGH LIFE. KEEP ME IN PRAYER. I HAVE NO CLUE...SAD & FRUSTRATED. mY LIFE WOULD BE INTERESTED MAYBE FOR A MOVIES TYLER.

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  • Sis shanell kizer st. petersburg,fl

    I have always felt like God had so much more in store for my life. I sing, I write, I go to church sundays and try to be present during the week for bible study. Life hasnt been great been molested, beaten, raped, homless, continous lack since my health took me out of the work force wanna hear something funny thats not, I had to apply for disability mother of four children 35 years of age on third go around. I feel God want to use me in new creative, innovative unreal ways, I feel connected to you like God said your an angel in position to be a blessing to the world through your gifts and im like-minded in the fact through it all i aim to entertain. I pray that the Lord keeps you covered at all times in everything that you think, do, or say! Circumstances and hardships can break us down and destroy the very good nature inside of us if we allow it to, its funny through all the ups and extreem downs, highs and lows

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  • Torrance Clankscales Atlanta Georgia

    Mr. Perry my name is Torrance. Ive enjoyed several of your movies but I took a special interest in the one called MR GOOD DEEDS. I wrote my first book last year which is based off of experiences, downfalls, and hope. Its not your typical of someone doung bad, then ends up doing good. However, its more Real and at its highest level of originality. Based off some true events that actually happened in my life, as well as some that didnt; I really feel that it would make an excellent, deep, movie, especially with someone like you and your expertise involved. The name of my book is called Lessons Learned. Its on lulu.com. and I was interviewed by a College radio station about it which can be viewed by googling LessonsLearned by Torrance. Id really appreciate it if you could check it out and let me know what you think. My number is 678 608~9218 Torrance. Thankyou.

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  • Francesca New York

    You inspire me Tyler Perry. You are Proof that you can still make something out of nothing. God Bless you for your deep spiritual messages. Obviously God has Chosen you to be a Messenger.

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  • Guilene Miami, fl

    Good morning/afternoon my name is Guilene Petit-homme, a 21year old Haitian/Bahamian that currently resides in Miami, Fl. I am a young woman who lives by the quote "failure is never an option". I currently live in a Haitian populated community in Miami known as Little Haiti. To give a quick background, I graduated from the infamous Miami Edison Senior High, where I was the Student Government and Nation Honor Society president. I currently attend Miami Dade Collage, where I obtained my A.A. degree in Criminal Justice. I am truly inspired by your life accomplishments and obstacles you've over-came before reaching where you are today. You have taught me to chase my dreams and never give up no matter what obstacles are placed in front of me. I have always wanted to put my business mindset to great use, that will benefit the children and families within my community. Throughout my senior year, I was given numerous monetary gifts from organizations who believe I was worth investing in because I had a purpose. I have always made it a great deal to excel at everything I do. You are probably wondering why am I writing you. The reason behind everything is I need help. i have created this great organization mentally. An organization that will allow young scholars of different ethnicities and backgrounds within my community a chance to excel in school, extra curricular activities, and even beyond the doors of collage. I have all ready established a name, "Beyond all Measures Incorporated. In addition, I have registered it with the state of Florida, written my bylaws, and mission statement. I even have a location in mind, it is a privately owned building known as the historical Lemon City Post Office. The only reason I am skeptical about pursuing this opportunity is, I do not want to make drastic decision that can cause my dream to tumble. I wanted to know if you would you be able to mentor or help me throughout this journey on making this great idea a successful business. I have been in contact with other individuals that thought it was a great idea and offered their help and never respond back. If you are wondering why I chose you, it's because you have portrayed to society that life is filled with great opportunities and you will never be able to reach your goals if you never make the initiation. Before you accomplished your dreams you had others that took it off the pedestal, but that never set you back. I see that as the greatest accomplishment someone can have, to take your dreams and make it a reality even when others did not believe in you. I would really appreciate if you take a few minutes out of your day to help me. it's a dream I have had for years and it would be great to work with someone that believes in others and not just themselves. You would be a great mentor.

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