Dolly Parton’s Advice To Her Younger Self Is Priceless


Dolly Parton certainly has a rags to riches story. She grew up in a very poor household and eventually made her way to become the superstar she is. Not only is she a famous country music singer, but a businesswoman, actress, and philanthropist.

Dolly was once asked what she would tell her younger self, more specifically, her 7th-grade self. In 7th grade, kids are generally around 12 or 13. Dolly said she would tell herself the greatest advice she ever learned, “To Thine ownself be true.”


Dolly Parton wishes she could give advice to her younger self

DOLLY PARTON’S HEARTSTRINGS, Dolly Parton, ‘Jolene’, (Season 1, ep. 104, aired Nov. 22, 2019). photo: Tina Rowden / ©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

She added, “If I could look back on my little self, I would just say ‘you better buckle up. Brace yourself. You’re in for the ride of your life.” When she was even younger, she said that one of her first favorite books was The Little Engine That Could. It sparked her love of reading.


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THE VOICE, Dolly Parton, ‘Live Semi-Final Results’, (Season 9, ep. 917B/925, aired Dec. 8, 2015). ph: Tyler Golden / ©NBC / courtesy Everett Collection

These days, she tries to make books accessible to all kids with her Imagination Library program. Dolly also loves to write and recently admitted she would love to write a novel one day. Where does she find the time?

Listen to Dolly share more thoughts about life below:

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