“My fathers answer to everything was to beat it out of you. I suffered so much physical abuse from him while growing up that I changed my first name from Emmitt to Tyler because I wanted nothing to do with him. I never felt safe inside or outside my house.
I remember one occasion I was brutally whipped by my dad with a vacuum cord. I cant remember what I did wrong but I remember him cornering me in a room and hitting me with this vacuum cleaner cord. He just would not stop. There were all these welts on me, flesh coming off from my bones and I had to wait for him to go to sleep so I could run out. I lived in constant fear that something would set him off. I just wanted out so bad that I once attempted suicide by slitting my wrists
I was watching an Oprah Winfrey talk show at work where she said writing could be therapeutic…I began to write my problems out; talking to myself made it better. That was how my writing career began. My first stage play, “I know I have been changed” was a huge flop. I spent all my savings $12,000…but when a seed is planted in the ground, all you can do is water it, you cannot control the sunshine, you cannot control the weather and you cannot control what the locusts would do when they would come to destroy it. All you can do is plant your seed in the ground, water it and believe
I would not stop believing. Read The Power of Positive Thinking
So, I never gave up. I tried it again[the play] and this time, it sold out! My first film, “Diary of a mad black woman” earned ten times its budget. I became first a director, a producer and a co-producer of several other films…but for me, my biggest success is getting over the things that tried to destroy and take me out of this life. That’s my biggest success” – Tyler Perry