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Dolly Parton Shares The Worst Piece Of Career Advice She Ever Got And Why She Decided To Ignore It

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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Country music sensation Dolly Parton may be 76 years old, but she's still going strong and maintains an immense passion for her work.

Most people are retired for good by the time they reach Dolly Parton's age, but she doesn't seem to be changing her pace anytime soon. In fact, she just released her first novel called Run, Rose, Run along with James Patterson, which tells the story of a young musician finding success in Nashville, TN. She simultaneously released an album of the same name. Dolly sat down for an interview with Adam Grant on his podcast "WorkLife with Adam Grant," and she shared a few details about her long career that nobody has ever heard before.

Dolly Parton Shared the Worst Piece of Career Advice She Has Ever Received

Dolly has always been a positive shining light in the entertainment industry, and it's easy to think that her career came easy to her. After she turned down the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination this year because she didn't feel like she had earned the right, everyone was quickly reminded why she is so loved and adored by all. But she has had her fair share of bad advice when it comes to her successful career, including that one time when people tried to convince her to transform the way she looked.

"The main advice that people wanted to give me was to change my look to go simpler with my hair and the way that I dress, not to look so cheap," she shared. "Nobody was ever going to take me seriously they would say."

"The way I look and the way I looked then was a country girl’s idea of glam, just like I wrote in my ‘Backwoods Barbie’ song," she continued. "It was really like a look I was after. I wasn’t a natural beauty. I just like to look the way I look. I’m so outgoing inside, I need the way I look to match all of that."

People may have thought she was crazy for not listening to the advice, but she carved her own way. And now Dolly's unique look is one of the most recognizable looks on the planet. She even goes to sleep with her makeup intact, just in case there's an emergency in the middle of the night and she needs to look her best. Now that's commitment.

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