Dolly Parton recently opened up about her life.
“People wanted me to change, they thought I looked cheap,” Dolly Parton said on the podcast Work Life with Adam Grant.
“The main advice that people wanted to give me was to change my look and to go simpler with my hair and the way that I dress,” she continued. “Not to look so cheap, nobody was ever going to take me seriously, they would say.”
Dolly Parton is no stranger to criticism, and says the best way to cope is by turning it into something positive.
“When I get bad reviews… I look at it like, well, they must have had some reason to write that,” she says. “There must be some truth in it, surely nobody would just be cruel enough, mean enough, to just say something [cruel]. I try to look at it deeply and think, well, you know, they probably got a point. And I’ll just try to look at that and try to change it, and make improvements for next time.”
“If you make a mistake it’s best that you pick it up and it turn into something positive,” she added. “Sometimes the best part of my show is when I mess up and people know I’m human. They see how you’re gonna get out of it, and you’re right there in the spotlight. You have to deal with it. Same with life, I don’t punish myself for [making mistakes].”
“I have this saying, and I’ve heard it before: It’s better to choose what you say than to say what you choose,” she said. “I had to hire so many people in my life and I had to fire some as well. And that’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I cry over it. I stress over it, knowing I’m going to have to deal with it.”