Dolly Parton has been in the entertainment business since the fifties. Her journey to the top is a literal rags-to-riches story. Today, the world knows her as a singer, songwriter, actress, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and all-around icon. To get where she is, Dolly had to dream big, work hard, and stay smart about her business and personal choices. So, it comes as no surprise that the Appalachian legend is full of hard-won wisdom.
Dolly Parton is happy to share her wisdom with the world. Recently, she took to social media to share some timeless homespun advice with her followers. It seems like such a simple concept, but coming from someone like Dolly, it feels so much more profound. In the tweet, Parton shared a throwback photo in which her massive hair is on full display.
In the post’s caption, Dolly Parton told her followers, “Gotta keep your hair, heels, and standards high!” Big hair isn’t all the rage anymore. Additionally, a good portion of Dolly’s fans doesn’t sport high heels. However, keeping your standards high is timeless advice that works in just about any situation. It doesn’t matter if it’s your professional life, the dating scene, or picking songs for your playlist. The higher your standards are, the better off you’ll be in the end.
That Time Dolly Parton Kept Her Standards High and Got Rich
Dolly Parton wrote several songs that became cultural touchstones. However, “I Will Always Love You” might be the biggest hit she ever penned. Dolly famously wrote the song for Porter Wagoner to convince him to let her strike out on her own. Years later Whitney Houston covered the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks. That cut of the song became the best-selling single by a female artist of all time with over 20 million sales worldwide.
“I Will Always Love You” made a truckload of money for both Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton. However, Dolly could have lost over half of her profits from the song, but her high standards saved her.
Elvis Presley desperately wanted to cover “I Will Always Love You” and Dolly Parton was happy to have The King singing her song. However, Presley’s manager overstepped. He told Dolly that when Elvis cuts a song, the songwriter has to sign half of their ownership over to Elvis and his management. Dolly flatly refused. She owns all the rights to her original songs and wouldn’t change that, even for Elvis.
Dolly Parton had no way of knowing how much that simple decision would change her future. At the time, she just knew where she stood with her music and wouldn’t take anything less for anyone.