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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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  • Roe Pensacola, Florida


  • Harmony Ibadan, Nigeria.

    Thanks a lot Mr. Perry. That was specifically for me. I have been thinking of giving up on my dreams because things just don't seem like they are working. I just have to keep hoping because I trust God and I know he never fails. Hearing this is a confirmation that he still cares about me. Thank you.

  • Tracy Harris East Point, GA

    Great inspiration! I have asked God that question so many times. Why God, am I in this place when I live my life to serve you? After I was in a bad situation for so long I began to truly trust God. I now realize that because I serve him, he will never allow me to go through something that I can not handle. So now I ask God to show me the lesson that I am supposed to learn from that situation, so that I can move on from it.

  • Vickie Christopher Douglasville, Georgia

    In response to your message on frustrated dreamers. I recently obtained by Master's degree but I have been working as a therapist over a year now. It is so funny b/c when I began college I sought the medical field as my career choice but have ended up in a different direction but also in the area of the "he;ping profession". I worked for DFCS for a years and realized this is not I want to do for the rest of my life so that when I decided to go by to school and obtain my Master's degree. I left DFCS three years ago. I left a job which was secure and walked out on faith to seek my destiny. There were several times where I became very frustrated because one I was in a position I had to depend on my husband financially and that was hard for me because I was always such an independent woman. Presently I am awaiting my state certification in school counseling and I am eligible to obtain my license as a Licenses Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. I say all of this to say. Yes hold on people your dreams can come true. I spoke with god and asked along my way why have I been put in this position

  • V

    Thank You. I needed that. My mom plans to open a store when I get home. When we where in Ohio we had a daycare. So, I know that she does these things for me. I have the business part and she just, be mom. This is something that she wants do and she has been talking about it for years. So, it's a done deal. They have no style "fashion" where I'm going, it's going to be fun. My mom loves to laugh. We have a weird sense of humor...

  • Suzanne Lagos, Nigeria

    Thanks Mr. Tyler, even more inspiring than your article is the fact that you are a hollywood star who loves and fears God. Your movies are always a blessing. More power to your elbow sir!

  • Danette Douglasville

    Sitting in this office feeling mighty low. To be my age and not have accomplished what I feel I should. Then I read your message and Wow! is all I can say. It feels really great to know I'm not the only person that has ever felt this way before. I am so encouraged..Thank you for the message and Thank God for being right on time as usual...

  • d******* dingoko south africa,limpopo province

    Thanx mr perry,you have been such an inspiration in my life, I thank god for jst knowing your name,it will be such an hounor to meet u. May god bless you in many ways.

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  • Lisa Orlando, FL

    Thank you very much Mr. Perry!! Your message was right on time, Thank you Lord for using this vessel. Mr. Perry may you continue to be blessed and a blessing to all! Hugs

  • Janet Va Beach, VA

    Thank You Mr. Perry! You'll never know how much of a blessing you've been With all of your encouragement! This message is Exactly what I need today. I'm going to continue to perform my best and learn as much as I can to use it for my dream and for God's glory! Thanks for sharing and I pray that you continue to be Blessed!


    Thanks for your sharing your expierence to remind us that we are not in this journey alone.

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