Watching Dolly Parton talk about the lifetime of success that unexpectedly led to holding two Guinness World Record certificates at once is the most calming six minutes I’ve experienced in a long, long time.
Parton’s achievements are “Most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart” and “Most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist.” She should also get an award for “Most times a country music star has stolen my heart,” because she’s the only one who has ever done it.
Her soothing interview covers her favorite song (she loves the message of “Coat of Many Colors,” but loves to sing “I Will Always Love You”), her hope for setting a third World Record (she plus her book charity, of course), and touches on her early career singing with Porter Wagoner and how she appreciates all she learned from him, both “the good and the bad.”
In the video, she also very sweetly assures the Guinness Book of World Records that being honored by them is very special, even after listing the greatest events in her life, like joining the Grand Ole Opry, being put in the Country Music Hall of Fame, being honored by the Kennedy Center, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. But what about Guinness?!
“It feels good!” she exclaims.
Other inspirational tidbits on how to achieve your aspirations from Dolly Parton: work hard, no one can live your dream for you, be true to your talent, and pray that the right people come into your life. I am praying to meet you, Dolly, I truly am.