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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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  • Carolyn Charlotte, NC

    Happy anniversary to you! I really appreciate you sharing a small part of your journey with us. (I look forward to the full version). I am inspired by your success and drive to continue to outdo yourself. I am approaching a huge challenge in my life and I plugged in your words of encouragement and faith. "I do believe". Thank you and stay blessed!!

  • Diane Ypsilanti , MI

    Just wanted to say that u are such a blessing to many people and I relate to u . I was a victim of sextual abuse from the age of 5 until the age of 12. I have to say that through all the things I have been through in my life I have never and hear me when I say never lost my faith in God . I have had a calling on my life since before I was born and have been attack in my life in so many ways but my God is amazing. In January of this year my husband left me and the kids it was the most painful thing I have experience but it made me fall to my knees and praise my god even more. I have fallen in love with my lord in a deeper level than I have ever felt before. I have been praying for my husband ever since. He is a man that loved the lord but ever since we moved to Michigan he lost himself. You see...he was working for 15 years in Los Angeles in the movie industry and then we met and got married and that's when the strike happened and he was out of work. I had a daughter and then we found out I was pregnant and things got really tough so we had to move to Michigan . He found a job in a factory and since then I saw a man that had such a passion that lost that passion. He started working 12 hour days 7 days a week killing himself doing something that is making him so unhappy. It started hurting our marriage and the children and he has left because he's not happy with himself and I know he feels that we deserve better. We are also loosing our home but I have to say with all that is happening I'm truly happy because I know my God is by my side and our day with come when God will bless us and open doors for my husband and I . So with all this said and sorry I some time talk to much but I can never stop talking about my God ! Is that you Tyler Perry have helped me through these last few months. I have sat here in my living room with my daughter and have watched all your plays and have been blessed ! Keep up the work and never never take your eyes off of God ! Your are so annoited and there is more to come. God is just starting in your life remember that I said this. And please pray for my husband his name is Gerald Vitatoe Jr. I will continue to pray for you ! May God continue to bless you !

  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    On PURPOSE!!!!!!!! :-)

  • eventsbyj Atlanta

    Thanks, I really needed to hear that word of encouragement

  • Tammy Columbus, Ohio

    Congratulations Tyler Perry! I appreciate your words of wisdom. May God continue to bless you.

  • Elaine Vaughn San Diego

    Tyler congrats on your 20 years of success, you really inspire me even more to do what I can to get my food truck. And I will also be sending you some pics and short videos of my granddaughter Zemoni Wilkins, a 5 year old aspiring actress who had classes here with the John Powers Company. She sings, dance and act and is very articulate. She love your shows and is crazy about Madea.

  • SistahWarhol KCMO

    The All-Star Game is here! Congrats to you, my love...You have got to make a movie with Disney or Spielberg from "The Enigmatic Poet" it will take your skills to another level and teach the world a lesson or two. I may be getting out of my h*** and into peace of mind. Wish me luck and pray for a Sista'...Made a bag for you pumpkin. Right along with my Red Foxx bag and my Alice Walker Chicken bag and my James Brown bag. You're next to the hardest working man in show business. Good Luck and God Bless baby!

  • glo Annapolis

    Thank you BrotherMan! You really show that sometimes you just have to encourage yourself. God will do the rest. Thank you for your God-given gifts and talent. You truly inspire me. I hear you... everything happens FOR you, not to you. Blessings!

  • Jeeday Elpee Lagos,Nigeria

    Your life story is an ispiration to me Mr.Tyler..You have touched so many lives with your work απϑ i pray God continually bless U̶̲̥̅̊.

  • Cecelia Cutchin Seat Pleasant,MD

    Hello Tyler, I just wanted to say Happy Anniversary. Please keep doing what you doing. I had to take a mental day from work last week. I looked at your plays and movies for most of the day and laughed myself silly. I went to the movies two Sundays ago and saw your new movie. Thank you so much for making me laugh. May God continue to bless and keep you.

  • Valerie Albany, Ga

    Thank you and God bless <3

  • michelle ontario canada

    happy anniversary. i for one am glad that you took that plunge. regardless of money, you a very successful man , to have such wonderful women in your life. ( and to all the people that say white people dont get tyler perry, i am whiter than wonder bread!!!!) love you and your movies. keep up the good work

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