Dolly Parton, 78, advises Gen Z to ‘work hard’ but find a new path if the one you’re on is bad: ‘It is OK to change horses in the middle of a dream’

Dolly Parton has some good advice for Gen Z. 

The 78-year-old multi-hyphenate – who just launched a collaboration with Duncan Hines – was doling out some smart tips for the young crowd.

‘Find out who you are and do it on purpose,’ said the Islands In The Stream singer.

‘That means if you really want to know who you are, you really got to put some thought, prayer, and effort in trying to figure out what that is,’ she told Business Insider. 

‘Dreams can come true. I’m a prime example of that — just a country girl from the mountains,’ she explained.

Dolly broke into the music industry as a singer on The Porter Waggoner Show in 1967.

Dolly Parton, 78, has some good advice for Gen Z. ‘Find out who you are and do it on purpose. That means if you really want to know who you are, you really got to put some thought, prayer, and effort in trying to figure out what that is’

Dolly broke into the music industry as a singer on The Porter Waggoner Show in 1967  (Pictured circa 1972)

Dolly broke into the music industry as a singer on The Porter Waggoner Show in 1967  (Pictured circa 1972)

Since then, she’s gone on to have 21 certified gold or platinum hits, won 11 Grammys, and dozens of other music awards.

Over her nearly 60 year career, she has also earned an Emmy, a GLAAD Media Award, a Kennedy Center Honor and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The actress who was nominated for an Oscar for her hit 9 to 5 theme song,  acknowledges not everyone is destined for the kind of success she has experienced over her career, but wants young people to build on their own talents as they forge ahead. 

‘When you do get an opportunity to see your dreams come true, then you build what they call a brand, and then you’re someone that people come to trust,’ she explained

‘And if those dreams come true, then you make deals with people.’

As she approaches 80, the legendary performer, who recently enjoyed a game as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, somehow manages to stay as active as someone decades younger. 

For her birthday on January 19, she released four additional rock songs adding to the standards she included on her Rockstar album, which was released in November.

The new tracks are now included on what she is calling ‘Rockstar Deluxe.’ 

The multi-hyphenate is following her own advice, launching a line of her own baking mixes with Duncan Hines

The multi-hyphenate is following her own advice, launching a line of her own baking mixes with Duncan Hines

For her birthday on January 19, she released four additional rock songs adding to the standards she included on her Rockstar album, which was released in November. The new tracks are now included on what she is calling 'Rockstar Deluxe'

For her birthday on January 19, she released four additional rock songs adding to the standards she included on her Rockstar album, which was released in November. The new tracks are now included on what she is calling ‘Rockstar Deluxe’

Since then she's gone on to have 21 certified gold or platinum hits, won 11 Grammys , and dozens of other music awards. Over her nearly 60 year career, she has also earned an Emmy, a Kennedy Center Honor and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  (Pictured in Los Angeles in November 2022)

Since then she’s gone on to have 21 certified gold or platinum hits, won 11 Grammys , and dozens of other music awards. Over her nearly 60 year career, she has also earned an Emmy, a Kennedy Center Honor and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  (Pictured in Los Angeles in November 2022)

She is also preparing to host Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala on CBS February 21.

‘It’s going to be filled with performances from some of my favorite artists and of course, lots of dogs!’ she said in a video on social media.

She promised the show would be ‘an amazing night filled with music, doggy fashion and lots of tricks.’

As she approaches 80, the legendary performer, who recently enjoyed a game as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, somehow manages to stay as active as someone decades younger  (Pictured in Dallas in November 2023)

As she approaches 80, the legendary performer, who recently enjoyed a game as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, somehow manages to stay as active as someone decades younger  (Pictured in Dallas in November 2023) 

Dolly says if you're heading down a path doing one thing and it's not working out, I've always said it is OK to change horses in the middle of a dream...  the main thing is just to work hard, believe in yourself ¿ and do it'

Dolly says if you’re heading down a path doing one thing and it’s not working out, I’ve always said it is OK to change horses in the middle of a dream…  the main thing is just to work hard, believe in yourself — and do it’

The I Will Always Love You singer and songwriter thinks that Gen Zers should not be discouraged if their first jobs don’t work out the way they had hoped. 

‘If you see that you’re heading down a path doing one thing and it’s not working out, I’ve always said it is OK to change horses in the middle of a dream,’ contended the Rockin’ Years artist.

‘Maybe you’ve learned just enough about the thing you were after that God’s directing you in a different way.’ she said.

‘So the main thing is just to work hard, believe in yourself — and do it.’

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