Dolly Parton Is the Proud Recipient of Two Guinness World Records
They asked how her music has evolved over the years, and that’s a good question because it’s tough for artists to stay relevant in two different decades, let alone six.
She said, quote, “I’ve always written from my heart. I try not to dwell on trying to be commercial. Usually when an idea hits me it comes from my heart, but I still try to be alert and to be aware and try to be as up-to-date as I can be.”
When you’re as successful as Dolly, everyone wants to know if there’s a secret. She said it’s all about the work. Quote, “You’re not going to do it without hard work. You certainly have to have the talent [and] a lot of people helping you out.
“I’ve been blessed with good people through the years. [But] I’ve still had to be there on the spot. I’m the one up in the wee hours coming up with what I need to do next to get things done. I don’t think anybody comes to great success without working for it.”
And her advice to new artists is, quote, “Be true to yourself. You can’t expect someone else to do it for you. Nobody else can live your dream. You have to take the initiative and you have to really see it through in order to make it happen.”