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Motivation Monday: The Tyler Perry Story

Did you know that Tyler Perry has a serious background of harassment and abuse and he wanted to take his own life to escape the beatings of his father? In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment.

At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father. Many years later, after seeing the film “Precious” , he was moved to relate for the first time accounts of being by a friend’s mother at age 10; he was also molested by three men prior to this, and later learned his own father had molested his friend. A DNA test Perry took in 2010 stated that Emmitt Sr. was not Perry’s biological father.

Due to the abuse and frustration, Perry couldn’t complete his high school. 
He discovered his ability to write after watching an
episode of the Oprah Winfrey show where someone 
talked about the corrective effect writing can have on a person.
His first play ‘’I know I’ve been changed”was financed with his 
life savings of $12,000 at the age of 22 years and even though discouraged, went
bankrupt, lost several jobs, slept in his car, went hungry,
and was super convinced to give up on his dreams, he didn’t, he never gave up.

As at now, Perry is known for both creating and performing as the Madea character; a no-nonsense, tough black woman. Perry also creates films, some produced as live recordings of stage plays, and others professionally filmed using full sets and locations with full editing. Perry is estimated to have earned around US$75 million by 2008. Many of Perry’s stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as professional films.

Perry has also created several television shows, his most successful of which is Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, a show that ran for eight seasons on TBS from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012. On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. The partnership was largely for the purposes of bringing scripted television to the OWN network, Perry having had previous success in this department. Perry has created multiple scripted series for the network, the most successful being The Haves and the Have Nots. As of 2014, The Haves and the Have Nots has given OWN its highest ratings to date. The series has also been referred to as being “one of OWN’s biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun, filled with the typical betrayals, affairs, manipulations and a bitch slap or two.

Tyler Perry continued on his quest and as time went on his hard work paid off.
 Fast-forward to today, Tyler Perry has built an empire that has attracted audiences from
all over the world, touching lives with life changing stories of spiritual hope and humor.
In his words “I want to own a network where you can turn with your family all day long and get positive reinforcement’’
He is said to be worth $450 million and welcomes more than 400 job opportunities.
Morale of this brief post: Hard work and consistency pays off. Your past should never determine your future.
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