On this day in 1946, Dolly Parton was born in the tiny hamlet of Locust Ridge, Tennessee. She was the fourth of 12 children. Her father was a subsistence farmer and construction worker. Dolly began performing as a child and, at age 13, she appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, where she met another country legend, Johnny Cash. Cash encouraged Parton to follow her dreams, which she did with vigor. Upon graduating from high school, she moved to Nashville, wrote several hit songs (with her cowriter/uncle Bill Owens), and signed a recording contract with Monument Records at age 19.
With lots of hard work, tons of talent, keen business instincts, and good timing, Dolly became the most honored female performer in the history of country music, not to mention the co-owner of Tennessee’s most highly attended theme park, Dollywood. In discussing stardom, Parton had sound advice for entertainers and fans alike. She said, “Being a star means that you find your own special place and shine right where you are.” Here’s how.
Everyone Is on Stage. Everyone Can Be a Star. Enthusiasm Is the Key.
“Life’s greatest adventure is in doing one’s level best.”
”We are all salesmen every day of our lives.”
”Be enthusiastic. Every occasion is an opportunity to do good.”
”Play from your heart.”
”No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.”
”The best performance is yet to be.”
Today’s Bible Verse
Do your work with enthusiasm. Work as if you were serving the Lord, not as if you were serving only men and women.
Ephesians 6:7 NCV
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