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Why Dolly Parton is a small business inspiration

Working 9-5 – what a way to make a living! Yes, Dolly Parton knows how to follow a dream – leave the office drudgery behind, put on a little sparkle, and #achieve your goals. But she’s also a down to earth kinda gal who’s worked extremely hard to get where she is – and she’s always stayed true to herself.

Here are some Dolly Parton quotes which small business owners all over the world can learn from.


“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.”

“It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”

“I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.”

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”

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“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

“The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball.” 

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

“In order to get to the rainbow you must be able to deal with the rain.” 

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And finally, something all business owners should always remember…

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”