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Tyler Perry Gives Us The Motivational Speech We Need In 2020

We don’t need to tell you again that 2020 is a horrible year, but I guess we just did…so, we’re sorry?

The good news is that 2020 is almost over and 2021 promises to be at least a little better, thanks to the promise of vaccines and Donald Trump leaving office in January.

And to help give us the motivation we need to move forward, Tyler Perry gave a pretty outstanding speech at the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards. The 51-year-old filmmaker was honored with the People’s Champion Award, which was presented to him by Tiffany Haddish.

Perry didn’t just give a simple “thank you” speech. Instead, he took this moment to inspire. He first talked about all the people he employs at his studio…

I’m so inspired and moved by this moment. I’m grateful. When I think about all these people, these underdogs, some former prisoners in jail for 20 years, one in jail for seven, they always inspire me. So when this pandemic hit I knew I needed to do all I could to make sure they could continue in this great place that they’re headed towards in their lives, in their marriages, businesses that they started for themselves, and their own companies and their houses, sending their kids to school.

He then recalled a story about an encounter he had with an engineer who helped him dig a well at his home in Atlanta. The engineer was digging all these holes and not finding water, and Perry was about to tell him to just forget it because he didn’t want to keep paying him to find nothing.

Little did he know, at the last hole, he was just four inches away from hitting water.

Why am I telling you this, why am I talking about digging for water? In this world, we’re all digging wells. In our lives, we’re digging wells. We’re digging wells in relationships, where we put all this time and effort and energy, and sometimes it doesn’t give us what we need. We put all our time, energy and dreams in our business and it doesn’t give us what we need or what we were after. But if you just keep digging, my God if you could just hear me right now, just keep digging.

You may be four inches away from every gift and every blessing that you ever wanted in your life. Had I given up, when I was homeless, when I was sleeping in my car, when I was hungry, had I given up, these people that you see on this screen right now would not be a part of my dream. There are people who are tied to your dream and your destiny, and you are worthy of getting to your goal. Keep digging, don’t stop.

If this advice sounds familiar to you, perhaps you remember this great life advice from Joe Dirt…

Keep digging, folks. Giving up is easy. Don’t do it.

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