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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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  • lelani somewhere in the south

    Have you ever woken up and just felt so cursed? I suffer a lot... digestive issues, mental illness, been through domestic violence, verbal abuse, living in my car at 20 and... sexual exploitation at the age of 7... I am not the woe is me type but... this article breathed some insight that maybe I can continue to journal all the way to my healing. Im so glad I can actually feel the sincerity of this message. After watching Precious, I couldnt help but feel d*** about the ending... I mean, how do you give them a history lesson about who they are... and then get rid of the self hate? My dream: That maybe one day I'll have the courage to write my story like you. Not for fame... but maybe for other little girls who dont want to cry alone in silence or darkness... and escape the dysfunction and have hope... that this ugly and painful curse will be broken. More (real) Love, Lelani.

  • Cattina C. Coleman Harlem

    I'm just a Group Home Girl Looking To Make Way Own Way In The World. You may or maynot read this; but if you do I "KNOW" I have a story to tell that can be a great motivational movie to be made about a girl caught up in the Group Home Life..... I'd be honored if you considered the idea. Signed, Cattina C. Coleman

  • Jessica Pa

    Hi Mr. Perry! Thank you for sharing your story and being an inspiration. I would like to share my brother's story with you. Please take a moment to read this webpage.

  • karen medlock United States

    hi mr.tyler perry my name is karen medlock im 34 years old im the baby out of 7 siblings well ive been locked up in the pen twice for stealing and ive never worked for a white man due to my mom and step father having a cleaning company they helped me out a lot and just recently i was fitred my step dad has been a good dad however he has a temper and sometimes he can be down right mean so i got fed up with the way he talks to me and i asked him to please respect me its a way to talk to people so he blows up saying i aint got time for baby sitting or hugs so he fired me for speaking my mind mind u thats the only job ive ever had and they used to pay my rent and its due on the 4th or im out on the street i have no money i get stamps but thats it i have no car so i would have to catch the bus which would be hard since i have no funds i dont know who else to turn to ive thought about ending my life but ive come to far to give up im a drummer im not asking for anything free can u help me to get back on my feet i use to steal but i wanna do things the right way will u please help me

  • Betty Perry kinston, north carolina

    Tyler I have watched all of your m movies and I have experienced everyone of them. I'm so tired now. Broke hurt and feel so let down. I'm a very good person and have been abused 3 times but not no more. Right now I'm trying to get me and my daughter out of this situation. She is 10 yrs old. And he knows I don't have no extra money to move so I feel he is towing with me. Please please could you pray for me and if you have any extra charity in your heart could you please help me. I'm begging. Please I'm waiting for God to favor me.

  • RiaKay GB

    I'm in tears, finally someone who understands my situation..been waking up every morning dreading going to the job that i hate so much,i have so many dreams but i dont see how im going to get there, was frustrated at all the doors being shut..felt like God didnt hear me when i prayed and then He lead me to your page. This speaks directly to me. Thank you and God bless you!

  • L Southaven ms

    Hi I'm a huge fan of yours and I would like to thank you for all the encouraging plays and movies. I'm currently unemployed and seeking employment. I'm 25 years of age with 1 child. I work really hard to survive and has kept a job since age 14 until these past couple of months. I paid my bills but still lost my place an I also feel in love with a pastor than had my car taken from me. I'm currently going through alot from all of these things going on in my life.... Tyler could u send a prayer up especially for me... THANK YOU

  • Dona East point, ga

    ...just want to say, "Thanks"

  • Marie Harris Panola road ,lithonia ga 30058

    Hello MR TYLER PERRY,I am writing you,to let you know,that I have been thru a lot and I have a testimony that will Encourage a lot of women,that have went thru so much in the church,All of your Plays and Shows encourage a lot of people and that's what Life is all about Helping one another,No matter what you go thru in life,what I went thru was Hurt but I made it,with GOD on my side,I would Love if you could use my testimony as a play are movie,The Topic Disappointment may set me back,wait on me,am coming thru....

  • Melissa Mwenda Lawrenceville,Georgia

    Doors will open for me soon .

  • Stephanie Kuwait

    Inspired by your dreams do come true. Please check out our website and share our story! www.fifipetite.com

  • Seth Morton

    try and do something that doesn't involve race and isn't incredibly predictable. Because you clearly have talent