Emmitt Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1969.
Emmitt Sr., his father, had an answer to everything. Which was usually to “beat it out of you”.
To add insult to injury, Emmitt Jr. was sexually assaulted by three other men and one woman as a child.
He had major outbursts as a teenager that got him kicked out of high school…but he eventually earned his GED.
By the age of 16, he changed his name to Tyler to distance himself from his father, only later to find out from a simple DNA test that Emmitt Sr. wasn’t his biological father at all.
At age 20, Tyler (formerly Emmitt Jr.) discovered the therapeutic effects of writing.
In 1990, Tyler moved to Atlanta and spent the next two years writing a musical. It was performed at a local community theater and funded by his $12,000 life savings.
It tanked. He was broke. But Tyler persisted.
Working odd jobs, he spent the next 6 years rewriting, tweaking, and fixing all the problem areas of the play.
In 1998 – his rewrites were a hit. First, at the House of Blues, then again at Fox Theater.
Today, Tyler Perry is one of the most successful writers, actors, and producers in the entertainment industry.
In 2010 and 2011 Forbes named him the highest paid man in the entertainment industry.
Tyler had every excuse imaginable to fail. It could’ve been the easiest thing in the world for him to quit.
I’d say his excuses would’ve been justified too.
Even when we are justified, the results may STILL suck. But we have a choice on how to respond. That choice is the only power you have over a horrible situation.
This is the REAL liberation. This is a state which promotes creativity and problem-solving. You gain excitement, courage, and passion.
But we had to give up one thing to get there…our ego.