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Motivation from famous entertainers: Parton talks about attitude

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Dolly Parton made her mark in the country music industry but could not be held to its limits. With her incredible talent Parton wrote over 3,000 songs including “I Will Always Love You”, which was a chart topper for both Parton and for Whitney Houston.

Singing and writing were not her only talents. She also mastered acting in the 1981 hit, "9 to 5", “Steel Magnolias”, and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”.

As a business woman she built the highly successful Dollywood theme part in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. More than two and a half million visitors attend the park annually.

Parton’s life was not always glitz and glamour. She grew up as the fourth of twelve children in a family she described as “dirt poor”.

Perhaps one of her secrets was her attitude.

She once said, “If you want to see the rainbow ________________.” (See the choices below to see if you can select the correct completion of the quote).

  1. You have to keep your eyes open.
  2. It needs to be daylight in your heart.
  3. You need to put up with the rain.
  4. You need to keep looking up.

To see the correct quote ending, click here.

This is another installment of a series of quotes by famous entertainers. Some wonder how an entertainer can inspire someone trying to pursue a career or build a business. The truth is that entertainers must be shrewd businesspeople in order to manage their career, finances and public image. Short quotes from them often serve as an inspirational thought of the day.

Guillermo Williams of in Rochester Hills, Mich., recommends using motivational stories to help set a workplace culture of success.

“Motivational quotes are a great way to set a positive tone at the beginning of a week, workday or meeting,” says Williams. “By adding some information about the person being quoted you create credibility for the speaker and make the quote more impactful.”

This quote can be used for an individual’s daily reflection, preferably in the morning to get their attitude focused for the day. It also serves as an anecdote for employee training in the areas of:

  • Goal setting.
  • Positive attitude
  • Leadership
  • Dealing with negative people

This series is based on a motivational series from and is used by permission.



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