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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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  • Safiya Muskegon, MI

    With tears in my eyes I say Thank You for the Encouragement!!! :)



  • Precious Gso, NC

    Hello Tyler I truly needed this today. As I have realized that my season on this job is up. I rarely look at jobs as jobs I look at them as assignments. As they are beginning to lay people off. People ask why am I so calm because I am a single mom and I just bought a new car, What If..... My response to them is that this job is not my source GOD is my source. My faith is so great and I live a life submitted to God and then I get but what about that, living holy don't you get lonesome? My response is absolutely. I would be a liar if I said I didn't . Then I share with them that Friday nights are date nights for me and God and I get to love on him and tell him how good he is and when I am done he I feel like royalty because I have been in the presence of the King. I have seen far too many victories in my life to even think about defeat. Can't wait to see the new shows I support everything you do. Talk to you soon. Be blessed

    • Rosie Lousiana #1831251

      Thanks for those words Precious, they were as lovely as those from Tyler.

  • jackie pinebluff ar 71603

    i had a peson tell i had a rewarding life ahead of me i was 18 now im 42 with 6 kids three grown one grandchild. dead bet fathers all i ever did was work. i want to give up so bad i cry going and cry coming. praying for a breaik someday. im glad i read ur story it make me want to streach on thanks. god bless . akw

  • Lisa N.Y.

    Thank you for message.

  • Regina Wayne, PA

    ...Thank you Mr. Perry, thank you and God Bless you more for sharing, not forgetting where you came from, that there are many more like you with big dreams an aspirations also. So many who need to hear your experiance ... To much is given, much is required beyond what you may now be able to give or share in things and trinkets but by your actions and living example.

  • Mark R Moss sicklerville nj 08081

    Hey Mr Ty now w** that being said when can you contact me for a new job lol i would love it Thankyou and GOD BLESS

  • Queen Samonye Colorado

    Hello Mr Tyler Perry this is the reason why you are MY BABY and will always be...Make no qualms about it ok my Boo Boo Smooches

  • Phumelela Johannesburg, South Africa

    Thank you soo much for this message, it really inspires me to carry on and not give up. I might not understand why I'm still in the position that I am at at work but I now know that it's a preparation of great things to come! Thank you.

  • Cam Pittsburgh, pa

    Great inspiration. I needed this. Have written two books and have had very moderate success; write music and absolutely love to sing also, but have never been able to get to where I know I should be. Days where it seems like what I am doing means nothing and is a complete waste of time. Raising 3 sons basically alone and many, many difficulties have just made me feel like I will never achieve the dreams I have or fulfill my God given purpose. But I have to keep believing, I have to hold on. Thank you Mr. Perry. You have a kind and true heart. May God bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you. And may your dreams continue to come to fruition.

  • Maggie B. United States

    YAAAASSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! Amen To ALL OF This. Your Messages Are ALWAYS Right On Time. Thank You God For This Confirmation Today Because Lord KNOWS I Was About To Throw In The Towel This Past Weekend. God Bless You Mr. Perry..... Dreams Do Come True!!!! :-)

  • Nicoleen Mashigo South Africa

    This really opened my eyes & surely will hang on for I truly believe that God is preparing me for greater things. Thanks for sharing your story and stay blessed.