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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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  • 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

  • bro Al United States

    That was inspiring, never-the-less... bare in mind, dreams die when the dreamer refuses to bring them into reality... dreams don't die when the dreamer does! Love ya man!

  • Tiffany Lopez

    Dear Tyler, I wanted to let you know that I had been going through a rough time when I just clicked on one of your emails. I hadn't been reading them in a long time but I know that God pointed me in that direction. I opened it and it REALLY helped me in a moment where I didn't have anyone. THANK YOU for all your messages and inspiring messages in all of your mediums. I found a lot of wisdom in what you said, and I realized that you could relate to my pain because you had also been through difficult times too. I wish the best for you, all the success in the world and a blessed life! I tried to get out to watch your newest movie (temptation), but part of my difficult time has been I have not even been able to leave my house because I have twin babies and things are really overwhelming right now. But I will definately buy it on DVD when it comes out!!! From the bottom of my heart, bless you for taking the time to reach out to people....sometimes you may not realize they don't have anyone else.

  • iyawa augustine nigeria

    Thank you Tyler

  • David Uzice Victoria Mahe Seychelles

    that really touched me and opened my eyes thank you

  • Marletta Priscilla Fomby What are you doing?

    Dear Tyler I am going to start off my saying hello and I am a big fan. Tyler, what are you doing, who are your real friends? I see you keep making and remaking all your earlier work and it's starting to make me feel like you are not using your freedom that so many people are working hard to get God to move his hand in their favor. The have and the have not's is a remake of A family that prays together stays together. Maybe, no I mean when you take a vacation go out and experience life and bring me something original from scratch. Why are you giving me things that I have already know how to handle. This is the power that God gave you and you are repeating what we heard you already say. Do you get my drift, I just said the same thing but in a different way and still the message is very clear. You are not challenging my powerful and unique way of the art. God lee Tyler, You can do this , when you stepped outside the box you should have stayed out, so that you can add more and more work and not be confined to that box. I don't get why you keep doing this, but I tell you, you are making my job very easy to maintain. I look up to you and so far, I am passing you because of your lack of resting inside of that box. You are free move around. I tell you this when I get there I will have passed you, if you don't pay attention to your surroundings. I love your work, so keep it moving, and leave the past to be. God bless you and goodnight!

  • Fee Fee

    Here we go with these messages. :) I know it's your way to market. You said this before. It's ok to dream. A dream deferred makes the heart sick I want my true love. I don't want to be famous. I want him. I don't mind working. I want to work with him. I want to be loved for the first time. I want to be protected and even though I'll work, I want him to provide. I've been waiting for 11 years. oan: My surgery went ok. I am sore. I wish he was here to take care of me. My hydrocodone has kicked in. good night. I love you.

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