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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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  • Rahel Dallas

    Dear Tyler. I always wish and dream to make a movie. I have a tilte for it. Which is my personal life story and which really touch your own personal life as well. To act on that movie i think i will be the best acotor because i been goi ng through that.

  • Rahel Dallas

    Dear Tyler. I have two dreams in my life never came true. One as a child i always dreamed to be an actor. Which i practice couple of times acting while i was on high school. But everytime my family support my idea been actor. It is hard to explain where i came from is not that big. In Ethiopia as a parent they want you to be in school that is why i always say i wish i follow my heart. I tell my handsome boys to follow their dream. The other dream never came true for me meet you and Oprah. I know In God evertyhing is poosible and one day this two dream will pass for me. Two weeks ago i went to Holly Land to make my mom dream come ture and i ask God to realase my favour and i believe my time is coming. thank you for your support and inspire me.

  • Enyi Chukwudiebele Lagos

    Good day Mr Tyler, Dreams have a way frustrating a person,i don't know if its Gods way of testing our resolve.If not for my faith in God i would have given up on my dreams but i will keep pushing and believing knowing fully well there is a braekthrough . Thanks for your inspiring letters God b less you richly.

  • maureen johannesburg

    Hi MR Perry I are tlking to me here, I feel like this everyday when I have to wake up and go to work ask my self so many question and blame my self to be where I am today, I thank you so much for ur prayer I now know that my dream will come ture one day, thank you Tryler

  • Kayla TCI

    Good Morning Mr. Perry. I was here marking papers before my next class and just decided to read this email, and I must say I really needed to hear that this morning. I know i have dreams and I am starting to feel too that they are a waste of time but this email really encourage me today to keep dreaming. Thank alot and enjoy your day.

  • Deladrecka Rowan Miami Florida

    Good Morning Tyler as I sit and read theencouragement that your giving people not to give upon there dreams I would like to say thankyou I wrote you a letter and I do pray that it reaches your hands and when you do read this letter I pray that it moves you tyler yoour my inspiration and I love you your the reason why I dont give up.

  • Michael Slusher Gahanna, Ohio

    Tyler, I read this yesterday on a friend's facebook page. It felt like you were speaking directly to me! I sent you an email about it and hope that you have a chance to read it. Thank you for writing what I needed to read yesterday!

  • Lunga south africa johannesburg

    Thank you vey much Mr perry

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  • latoya stone South africa-johannesburg

    Mr. Perry before I say how much I appriciate and thank you I first need to thank GOD our heavenly father for blessing us with you and all you've done not just for me but for many other believers around the word,you truly are an inspiration to all of us,becouse of you my faith has grown my spiritual walk with christ,omw it's such an amazing feeling not even words con describe It,and it's all because GOD used you as.a living testimony so again thank you and may our heavenly father continue to bless you in whatever you do. Lots of luv your sister in christ. Mmwah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mils, Maryland

    Great Morning to you Tyler :-) Just wanted to share these scripture with you this morning: Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given to you Good Measure Pressed Down and Shaken Together and Running over shall men give into your bosom For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall it shall be measure to you again...and Philipians 1:6 Being confident in this very thing that he which has begun a good work in you shall perform it until the day of Jesus Christ ...Tyler Have a Bless Week :-) Ms. Proverbs

  • Claudia Johannesburg-South Africa

    Amen Brother Perry! These were the words I have waited for. I will change my attitude for I know it determines my altitude. I haven't felt motivated about work nor the life I have but all changed by reading that you went through the same,even worst. Once again thank you for taking the time and letting God use you as a vessel to bless us continuously. God Bless you tremendously