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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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  • Hope Ligon Orlando, FL

    Good morning Mr. Perry, I pray that all is well with you and your family. I wanted to share my family's story with you. January 2012 was the most painful month of my life. On January 7, 2012, my cousin Karen died from complications of diabetes. Four days later on January 11th my beloved mother Laura died as well from the complications of diabetes. My grief was beyond words. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007. Two months after my mother and cousin died, my husband Anthony and I formed the LFW Foundation to honor them yet I was too grief stricken to do anything. For two years, I was numb and I didn't know what I was going to do. I watched my beautiful mother suffer at the hands of this disease, going to dialysis 3 times a week until she said she was ready to go home to be with the Lord. My mother was 69 years and my cousin Karen was 49 years. My mother was the baby of 21 siblings. All have died except for 1 from either diabetes & congestive heart failure. 2 months ago I was told by my doctor if I didn't change my life I would die as well. So I have done exactly that. My husband and I change our entire diet and we are working out 2 times a day. :) So far I have lost a total of 15 pounds with 30 more to lose. Through this life changing event, God has birthed my purpose through our foundation. We are committed to raising awareness about diabetes to other families by sharing the story of our family, The Thomas Family. We are having our first Spring Forth Community Prayer Walk on May 3rd here in Orlando to encourage families to leave a legacy of not just wealth but a legacy of health & wellness. We will be walking 2.5 miles around Lake Baldwin to pay tribute to our family and others who have lost love ones to the deadly disease. We are also organizing a community prayer walk in my hometown of Valdosta, GA in October 2014. I understand that your mother passed away from diabetes so we will be releasing balloons in her honor. I just wanted to share our story to encourage you as you continue to grieve for your mother. This foundation has allowed me to channel my grief and keep the memory of my mother, my cousin and my family alive. I apologize that this post is so long but just wanted to say to you that we are praying for you and to ask if its ok that we release balloons in your mother's honor as we celebrate family. May God Bless you and forever keep you. Live in Expectation Hope Ligon

    • The Shadow 14 Fla. #1977295

      I was raised in the projects in Queens, N.Y. I never realized that at a young age I missed my calling. The women in the building would sit on the bench B.S.ing all day so..Like a leader of the pack I would line all the kids up on the bench & see what each kid could do or would want to do I would arrange to put on a show for the women. Who would sing, dance, tell a story. I would put notes in all the mail boxes where there were kids & they would all come to my home & I'd put on a puppet show. My mom told me how I'd have all the kids doing things is was great! I loved that part of my life. We were so happy with nothing just the company of other kids my age. Now living in Florida I had a bad accident which left me disabled I have to walk w/a cane, any walking in length I use a scooter. All my life I wanted to act and or sing. Thank God I can get around one nurse said how I lived is beyond a miracle. And she said I never thought you'd walk again.

  • karl lindsey chicagoill

    mr perry how are you hope fine am 54 and i need a whole dental job done on my mouth could u fine it your heart to help cant eat mouth always bleedin dont smile no more not bad lookin at all and i have talet no knows about please help me am poor

  • Shondreania Bradford Detroit Michigan

    Hello Tyler my name is Shondreania Bradford. I just wanted you to know this has been the toughest time I'm my life right now but watching your plays and movies and you are so inspiring. My mom has taken care of basically her while family since she has been able to, and now that she is down and has hit this tough stage it seems like they can't help her. I cry everyday I try to help her but I know it's not enough but she is grateful for it. You help me make it through the day and think positive, and i just really want to say thank you so much. I would also like a shot to pay in one of your movies it plays I believe I can do it, my little brother and I are always acting out one of your movies. That would be a dream come true. But if not I want to still thank you



  • Hope Texarkana

    Just when I felt like giving up, I come across this. Perfect timing. I envision my life being sooooo much further than where I am now, I literally eat, sleep and breathe acting and wanting young girls to see that they don't have to look a certain way to get a role in a movie. I'm only 18 and who knows what God has in store, but I hope and pray some day my dreams will come true. I hope all is well with you!!!

  • Doris Bibbs Lawrenceville, Ga.

    Hi...making correction!Not that I wouldn't love to have your last name. That was a mistake... An accident. I was to erase Perry. Because I had Perry once too many! SORRY! Mr. Perry! Have a blessed day. Doris ...

  • Doris Bobbs Lawrenceville, Ga.

    Good God Morning, I thank you Mr. Perry. I thank you because you stood ground no matter how hard it was. I thank you Mr. Perry because even in tears of frustration you kept moving forward with your dreams in tact. I thank you Mr. Perry because no matter how difficult your life became your determination to get where your spirit man already stood you were seeing your visions come to reality...giving great hope to ones who would follow you. I thank you for setting the board to not give up but to continue the walk with God the most high leading! You set the bar high never give up or toss your dreams aside. I thank God Jehovah the most high for seceleting you before us. God knew you would never give up! I stand like you...I haven't worked since 2010. I am a writer of book story teller...song writer and now Jehovah is giving me plays and movies to write. The voices start speaking to me introducing themselves, then the story line then the title...As you know it is truly amazing to be trusted and selected by God to be used to give His words and encouraging others with God's words... I know that God will touch someone with a willing heart and in their desire to be obedience will give me a helping hand to be where I am already in the spirit! Thank you Mr. Perry because you never have up!!!! Keep doing you! Never releasing the hand of God in Jesus name... Amen I love your heart because you give back with great LOVE! Doris Perry .

  • Tranecka Hankins newark,DE

    Hello my name is Tranecka my family and I have been homeless for 3 years we have been place to place and lived in my car until it was stole from me I don't see a light at the end of this journey I have lost everything even my own self respect I have giving up on life and lost my way I shed tears but I can't really cry anymore I'm so hurt I feel like a failure and a disappointment I have no support system nobody to talk to it's almost Christmas and I can't give my kids anything every morning I wake up I'm so upset that I woke up I wish God would just take me while I'm sleep I don't know what else to do I try to stay encouraged and keep pushing forward but really I just want to die

    • Trenelle Houston #1943541

      I pray you are still with the life God is working on for you. Many days I've had this dsne want, but I finally opened my eyes and saw the unconditional love in my 3 angels' eyes. Each pain you're enduring is a part of a plan designed for you. I know it's not easy, and I cannot say I understand as we are all fighting battles of our own. However, I will say I know it's not fair to leave people who truly love you behind and start a new evil to overbear their hearts and futures. Bind those who are not trying to see you advance and break the chains that you're allowing to keep you from reaching the potential set for your life. Giving up is not an option.

  • Lenette Armstrong Hammond,la

    Hello, I am writing this letter because of my desperate plea for financial help. I am a student, mother of two who is on a fix income. This year my job closed down and as a result I had to take on another job with lower pay. The stress of it all is overwhelming and it seems that I cant get ahead. I am scheduled to graduate May 10, 2014 but I need help with paying my tuition for school because I went to summer school and I still owe a balance and due to that the school will not allow me to register for my classes. On top of that I don't make hardly any money due to I had to take on a job with less pay. The struggle of it all is getting the best of me and I have my days where I want to give up. My faith rely in God, I have come to far to turn around I have sold nearly all that I did have, beg and borrowed until there is nothing left. I am actually throwing out this life line for HELP because I am on sinking sand and I stand in need and I wish if anyone could hear my heart felt cry and knows anyone that can help me and my children I would forever be grateful. Please, please contact Tyler Perry or anyone who has money that would like to donate to the less fortunate, I would love to be one of the ones consider. In return I would like to bless/help the next person once I am helped. Contact me either through email or my cell phone please only serious people contact me facebook Lenette Armstrong........

  • Nakia Anderson Atlanta, Ga

    Hello, I am writing this letter in a desperate plea of help. I am overwhelmed and stressed to the point where I just want to throw my hands up and forget it all. My fiancé and I are set to get married April 26th, 2014. We are a long distance couple. He is an Army Sergeant stationed in Tucson AZ and I am Patient Account Representative a local hospital in Atlanta. The wedding will take place in Atlanta, GA. We are 5 months from wedding and we have hit a financial wall. We’ve had to cut down our gust list including family members. We are still paying on our venue, we have no photographer, and do not have money to even go on a honeymoon. I have never been married and it seems that it is becoming a disaster. I don’t know what to do at this point. I almost cant believe I am writing this in desperation, I am not one to ask for help. I thank you for your time. God Bless


    I AM JUST SITTING HERE AT MY COMPUTER, AND QUICKLY God reminded me on how Tyler Perry had to stand with him in the rough spots to prosper, and that he did... Now in my rough spot HOW DO IGET A JOB WORKING FOR TYLER PERRY ? ONE WORD COMES TO MIND .............FAITH..........

  • gertrude zambia

    I am frastrated like almost every day in my job,Tyler,they are times when I even feel like quiting my job,But If I quit who willl feed my family? nobody.So I keep on working even when i really feel unappreciated,even when am being insulted,I keep on working coz I know that one day everything is going to be alright.I thank God for my job and I believe that my dream will come to pass.

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