Dolly Parton on Adversity

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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.

Dolly 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.

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Dolly Parton has a firm policy and not going back and reliving any mistakes or bad decisions she may have made.

With a deep faith in God and an attitude of always looking toward a bright horizon, Parton has proven herself to be a great singer, actress, writer and businesswoman. However, she does offer a great suggestion to helping anybody become more self-aware in overcoming life’s adversity.

“If you want to see the rainbow you need to put up with the rain,” Parton advises.

No matter how cohesive a workplace culture can be adversity is certain to visit from time to time. The entire team may focus on the rain but it just one person can remind team members of the vision of that rainbow the team will develop a new hope of success.