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Why Did I Put All My Money Into This?

Why did I put all my money into this? Is this going to work? God, do you hear me? Where are the people? I’m so scared. How will I pay these people? Why did I do this? I can’t pay my rent, they are going to repossess my car…

The year was 1992, July 8th-12th. All these questions were crowding my mind.  I was a 22-year old wannabe... but what I wanted to be I didn’t know. All I knew was that I had written this play about adult survivors of child abuse and I wanted the world to see it. I was so sure that it was going to work that I put my own money into the show.

I had worked as a used car salesman and a bill collector and saved my income tax check and my bonuses. I took that money and hired a cast and built a set and rented a very small theater in Atlanta called the 14th Street Playhouse. I had done all the math in my head: I was going to perform 6 shows, 200 people a show, for a total of 1,200 people. The tickets were $12 and I was going to make $14,000 and be rich… LOL. I was going to give my tithe to the church, give my mother some money, pay my rent (that was two months behind), get my car payment caught up and live happily ever after. I knew as sure as I am sitting here that it was all going to be all right. I had prayed that thang out, as they say in the Baptist church… LOL. Looking back on it now I can laugh, but back then it wasn’t so funny. What I quickly realized is that prayer alone will not always get the results you want. As much work as I did, I didn’t do enough to promote the show. More work was needed to go along with my faith.

I was expecting 1,200 people but only 30 showed up. I was devastated. I thought my dreams were dead. Based off this one thing I thought my life was over. Based on this one failure (what I thought was a failure but it clearly wasn’t), I thought that the rest of my life would be ruined. Needless to say, looking back on it, it was all a part of God’s plan and amazing design for my life. And God has a plan for all of our lives.

Today I celebrate my 20th anniversary in show business. It’s been an amazing journey, one that I will detail in my autobiography one day. You would be surprised, inspired, angry and blown away with what I’ve endured to be here, but until then I’d like to share a little inspiration with you. So many times we think that because one thing didn’t go as planned we should give up on it. So many people leave their dreams dying on the floor, gasping for air because it didn’t work out the first time. Be it marriage, business, children, faith, whatever your dream is, you can't give up because it didn’t go as planned. If I had walked away because it didn’t work you wouldn’t be reading this. I had to keep moving. Yes, there were setbacks. Yes, it was difficult, but I got to see my dreams come to pass because I never stopped moving forward, I never stopped praying and most of all I never stopped believing. DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!! PLEASE DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!! Say this to yourself out loud right now: “DON’T STOP BELIEVING”, and repeat it to yourself whenever you doubt that you can make it.

What you must understand is that everything, all of it, the good the bad and the ugly, it all works together for your good. If you love the Lord you are called according to His purpose. What’s His purpose for you? If you’re not sure, seek it and all your dreams will come true.

To all my dreamers, to all the people who have invested in themselves, to all the people who have the same questions that I did, hear me when I say this: YOU CAN DO IT!!


God Bless you, in Jesus' name, AMEN!


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  • Angela New Orleans, La

    Wow.....you have come a long way!!! I would reallly enjoy reading or seeing your Biography I bet alot of people would be surprised to see how far you've came to be where you are today!!! I love and enjoy your movies....I am first in line on the first day your movies come out.....I also have a collection of your movies....not Bootlegs!!! I hope to someday come to visit your studio in Atlanta and maybe have the opportunity to meet you!!! You are someone I highly admire!!! I am in my 50's and blessed to see my age after beating breast cancer at the age of 38.....God is Good!!! Be Blessed and Happy Anniversary!!!

  • Diana Nevett Muscle Shoals, Al

    Just wanted to say congratulations on your 20th year in show business

  • nthabiseng joyce hlaoli south africa

    Hi Mr Perry, first of all congradulations on achieving your dreams, the very first time I saw your talent was 2006, ever sence then I m a biggest fan u have a talent that is really hard to explain, I love all your movies they are educational and they entertain us we love u here in south africa I wish u can come to our country some day. And u just gave me courage to believe in my dream of starting my own business and like u said any thing that happens whether bad, good, ugle it happens to preper us to reach our destiny thank u again. I wish u all the best.


    Good Afternoon, Mr. Perry. This is your "Senior" fans checking in. Thank you for sharing how you got to this place in your life. My husband and I can't imagine what entertainment would be like without your vision. We love everything that you have done. God didn't make a mistake when He allowed you to go through those things. You are a living witness that God always knows the end because He is the beginning and the end. Your life is an inspiration to the young people as well as the "seasoned" ones like us. Continue to believe that God has His hands on your life and that you will never be alone. We look forward to what you will bring to us in the near future. We will continue to support you in everything you do. God Bless!!!

  • Robetta Chicago

    Hi Tyler, I really thank you for your wonderful words of wisdom today, I really needed them. I have been going thru some things and nothing I do seems to work out, but as you said I can't Stop!!! I will never Stop Believing that things will work themself out according to Gods plan. You are just a wonderful person Tyler,and a great inspiration to all. Never stop loving us,because we will never stop loving and praying for you. Thank you for being the blessing that you are.

  • Sharon G Temple Hills, MD

    Good evening Mr. Perry, Thank you for your words of encouragement. Can you believe that if i told you in 1995 i saw your first play on a bus trip to women's prison in VA. (prison ministry) with a bunch of church members. You sure did brought tears, and laughter on our journey to from our prison ministry. Right now i'm in the twenty(20) year breakthrough period by waiting, trusing ,and Believing in what GOD our FATHER has instored for me. Thank you for the confermation. And GOD Truely Bless you always to keep on putting a smile on our face .:)

  • Geri Fortune Miami, Fl.

    Thank u, thank u! God does work in our lives, every minute of everyday. And THIS was confirmed when I came across this message from him sent thru you! It could not have come at a better time. Mr. Perry YOU are a true inspiration, thank u for not giving up, thank u for dreaming! Happy 20 years!! Geri Fortune

  • Vegas Valley Mary Las Vegas, NV

    Tyler Perry you shared a natural and spiritual business journey to success and you didn’t have to hold a conference and charge $ 100.00 per person to do so. May The LORD continue to bless and use you and others just like you.

  • Stephanie Cleveland

    Congratulations on all of your success to include 20 years in show business. Your works are greatly appreciated.

  • Arnita Bryant Omaha,Ne

    Tyler thanks for the push and the words of inspiring thoughts. I will keep those words in my. “I Will Not Stop Believing" Thanks again

  • Ty VA

    Hi I'm still in Virginia. I want to go to Bible study tonight, so I decided to stay one more day. When I get back to NC, I will take pictures of my Auntie and Grandmother and send one to you if I can. My grandmother is more Madea like :-)

    • LAKEIA midtown ATL #1707510


  • Helen Fusilier Louisiana

    Congratulations on your amazing journey! You are such an insiration! Please take a minute to read my plight…… In 2004, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Understandingly, one of the darkest days of my life. Shortly after receiving that diagnosis, I heard God say, “Cancer was not to my death”. I believed it, and received my healing!! Praise God I am Cancer-Free! In appreciation of His Grace and Mercy, I began wanting to help others who were now experiencing cancer. Funny thing is, my heart wanted to be able to provide financial assistance to them and my mind said, How? You don’t have money to do that! In the meantime, I took what I had and assisted as much as I could, however I never felt I was doing enough. Fast forward to 2010. I was still praying and seeking God on how HE wanted me to help His people. On this particular Tuesday night, God showed up in my car and very clearly said, “get women to donate new and gently worn shoes, resell them and take that money to provide financial support to patients”. One month later Walk In My Shoes Foundation was founded. www.walkinmyshoesfoundation.com Initially everyone was excited. I was being called to speak at different locations, shoes were being donated and selling, patients were getting financial assistance; things seemed to be going ok. Somehow in my limited business acumen, I guess I thought, when you do good for others, it’s going to be easy, everyone will want to jump on board and help…Well, to my chagrin, it did not happen the way I “dreamed” it would. Yes there have been lots of yeses and positive responses; however 2 years later I really thought the organization would have gone further than it has. My dream is for Walk In My Shoes Foundation to one day become recognized as a reputable organization throughout the United States or world, that’s providing financial and emotional support to patients who are being treated for cancer. Having to deal with a cancer diagnosis is one thing, having to deal with it, not knowing if your rent, mortgage or utilities will be paid. Not having gas in your car to get to chemotherapy or radiation, that’s another set of problems. Walk In My Shoes Foundation wants to be there to help. When reading encouraging words like yours, it gives me the extra push I need. Understand when I say, “Nothing Will Stop What God Has placed in me”. It’s just good to get encouragement from the Tyler Perrys, and Oprah Winfreys of the world and know, yes they’ve made it, but it hasn’t been as easy as it looks on the outside. They put in WORK. It may not have been an easy journey, but it was a journey worth taking in order to get the results you have achieved! Kudos! Mr Perry, in my heart I know God has given me the vision, and just like HE gave the vision, HE will make the provision. Keep your eyes out for Walk In My Shoes Foundation. Be Blessed!

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