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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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  • Nancy Los Angeles ,CA

    Hi Mr.Tyler, I just want to say I just finished watching Good Deeds I loved it! And I also saw Madea Witness Protection this weekend and loved it too! And for some reason I decided to see if you have a twitter and here I am :).Reading what you wrote really got me. Crying that's is... Ive been having rough year and reading what you've gone through and seeing how successful you are now is amazing. Sometimes we all need a a little reminder that one failure Shouldn't mean give up and well even though things don't seem to being going right now it doesn't mean they won't eventually. Thanks for the message and I continue to dream -Nancy

  • Keven Ulrich Tallahassee

    Thank you very much Mr. Perry. Your words have entered my heart, so that the next time I perform on stage and it goes not one single way I imagined I can say to myself DONT STOP BELIEVING. Thank you sir for not giving up on your dreams and more importantly trusting God through the process. I am encouraged by you and can't wait to see everything else that comes through you. Btw Good Deeds definantly had me tear up a little bit at the end. It always feels good to see good hearted people get there blessings!

  • Rose Austin,Texas

    Dear Tyler, Thank you for your kind welcome for my joining your mailing list.I'm looking forward to seeing Madea's Witness Protection real soon.God bless you and take care.

  • Kim Alvarado McKinney, TX

    Thank you so much for sharing this. These words of experience along with God's word-that everything works for our good-is what keeps me dreaming! AMEN! May God pour even more of His love and undying grace and favor over you! God Bless You Tyler Perry!! Kim

  • Torri Atlanta

    I am in tears...this was for me!! Thank you so much Tyler...I wont give up!!

  • Jacquelynn Lethridge Oakland, CA

    Congrats Tyler!! You are a true inspiration in my life!! I look to you and your story to keep myself encouraged in my own business. God is most definitely using you! Wishing you continued success but most of all happiness!!! I know it has to be a heavy weight on your shoulders sometimes. To many more years of laughter! Your devoted Fan! Jacquelynn

  • LaTanya Valley, AL

    I was lying in bed with a heavy heart when I came across your message "Why did I put all my money into this". This is my 1st comment..as I generally don't involve myself with much social media. But this touched my heart so, it compelled me to reply. God spoke to me over 3 years ago and told me to pursue my dreams. I left my corporate job of 13 years which was the most difficult challenge of my life. I am a single mom with two boys. I left a comfortable home and moved in with my mom and started a business (Velvet J's Bakery). I sacrificed all I had to step out on faith. We have struggled. We have been without. But God's grace always prevailed. As I write this message, I have a dream...a passion...and all the faith my heart can hold. But I don't have the resources right now to see it through. I have established a corp from my mama's kitchen and most people never know it. I have felt like giving up so many times because I couldn't see my way...but I know somehow, God will provide. Thank you for being so transparent. It has poured water on a dry land. I know what I have to offer is different and God can turn this around within this second. When people try my products, it's not just the best Red Velvet Cupcake on this side of glory! They are tasting the love of God, my sacrifice, my tears, my struggles, and my profound belief that all things are possible. So when you see Velvet J's sign, don't forget to drop in and ask what the "J" stands for! But please know that you helped someone in Valley, AL push just a little bit harder. God Bless you Tyler!

  • Hope Georgia

    After hearing about your comment on 102.5 I had to read it. I teared up because it is sooo true. The way you stressed it, was as though you were really speaking to us and anyone who has a dream will diffinetely be impacted. So many of us need the re-inforcement. Thank you

  • Ty NC

    Hi I'm in McDonald's using the internet. My grandmother doesn't have internet at the house. I do not eat fast food. I wish my mother would hurry up and come back to NC. I love her cooking. It is a shame that I cannot cook like her. :-) I took a picture of my grandmother today. When I go to auntie's house tomorrow, I will take a picture of her. I will not be able to show the pictures to you. It is good idea to have pictures of them anyway. I haven't had a Twitter account in a long time. I permanently deleted my Facebook account because someone kept hacking into it. I re-read your last message. "Why Did I Put All My Money Into This?" The first time I read the message fairly quickly. This time I took my time to read. I read the message like I read the Bible. I tried to hear better. I did. I WILL NOT STOP BELIEVING.

  • ronique amedee savannah,ga

    I know the words i speak is life or death I believe we can only walk by faith and not by sight I understand you must not give up on your dreams I acknowledge our God and Savior,King,Lord,Master,thine Elohim I admit my faults and ask to be granted forgiveness I trust in every postive spiritual healing that comes from positive thinking I am inspired my (you) Mr.Tyler Perry I will wait(Hab.2:2) for it wont tary Soooooo... I said all that to say this- Mr Perry if i never make across your Stage Nooooo One can ever S T O P me from DREAMing.......lol

  • Glenda Manning Brooklyn, NY

    Hi Tyler, Congratulations & happy anniversary!!! Thank you so much for that message. Once again you have lift me up when i was feeling a little down. Always a pleasure getting a message from you and it seems you always know when I need to hear encouraging words. I WON'T STOP BELIEVING!!!! You are amazing. Love you, keep up the hard work, it works. Glenda

  • Diane C. Garba Greenville, SC 29609

    Hi Tyler, I would truly feel like giving up if it was not for your words of encouragement. I have been in business now for 4 years, and I am holding on with a thing thread. I have a full service insurance agency, Faith Insurance Agency, located in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC. I have put everything I have and had into this business. Many have come and gone, but I continue to forge on with my dream of owning a successful insurance agency. Each day I come into the office with the attitude that this day will be my day to make my first million, maybe not a million, but I know I have a successful company, but like so many small business we are feeling the bit of this slow economy. I truly love working with people and feel this is where I want to spend the rest of my life, however, I must admit it has been a stuff row to hoe. I thank you for your kind words and sincerely advice to us. Love, Diane

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