We all need a little motivation now and then! When you’re going after big dreams, it’s always helpful to grab some inspiration from other incredible people… And who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? Check out these Dolly Parton quotes for the entrepreneur.
Dolly Parton Quotes for the Entrepreneur
Dolly Parton basically created the single greatest song for entrepreneurs when she wrote 9 to 5… and she’s got plenty of other words of wisdom, from a very smart businesswoman to all of us!
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“You gotta keep trying to find your niche and trying to fit into whatever slot that's left for you or to make one of your own.” -Dolly Parton
As an entrepreneur, finding your niche is CRITICAL. If you don’t niche down enough, it’s really hard to gain traction and build a successful business. That’s not to say you can’t get creative, though. You might find that the niche you want to be in doesn’t exist quite yet – be the first to create it!
“You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try.” -Dolly Parton
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been afraid to take a leap in your business! (I’m almost positive everyone has a hand up.) Taking chances in any aspect of life can be scary, especially when they affect your livelihood. You don’t have to be fearless to take a chance – just be willing to do it despite the fear!
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” -Dolly Parton
Whew – this is a big one, folks! One of the biggest buzzwords in business right now is authenticity. Do your customers really know who you are and trust you’re an expert in what you say? Build your business around intentional authenticity and you’re ahead of the game.
“I always count my blessings more than I count my money. I don’t work for money, never did.” -Dolly Parton
The reality is, 99% of the population does work for money… and income is really important! But when your business has a less-than-ideal month money-wise (which happens to almost everyone), count your blessings, make some changes, and recover. You’ve got this!
“You know, I look like a woman but I think like a man. And in this world of business, that has helped me a lot. Because by the time they think that I don't know what's goin' on, I then got the money, and am gone.” – Dolly Parton
Don’t let others underestimate your knowledge! And when they do, prove them wrong.
“I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else” -Dolly Parton
If Dolly Parton doesn’t limit herself, why should you? SO many people will question whether or not you can really make money at what you’re doing. You might want to start offering a new service or try out a new business idea. The limits we put on ourselves should never come from someone else’s unfounded opinion! (As a slight caveat, you should definitely listen to the opinions of professionals and experts about your business…)
I never have considered myself a perfectionist, but I do think of myself as a ‘professionalist’…I always strive simply to be my very best.” -Dolly Parton
This one hit me hard because I tend to get bogged down in being a perfectionist – and there is no point in living that way. Even when I’m hyper-focused on not making mistakes, I still make them! It’s time to officially take on the name of “professionalist,” strive to be your best, and own up/correct those business mistakes we do make, professionally.
“I do believe that any successful business starts from the top and works its way down.” – Dolly Parton
If you’ve ever worked for someone who was disorganized, lacked passion, and didn’t care at all about the business or their employee’s well being, you’re definitely familiar with this. So much of company culture (even when you’re a solopreneur or just have contractors) is set by managerial styles! When you’re running your own business, cultivate a healthy, happy, passionate atmosphere and you're set to run a better business.
And finally, because it wouldn't be Dolly Parton quotes for the entrepreneur without it…
“Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen. Pour myself a cup of ambition” -Dolly Parton, 9 to 5
Whether you’re working a traditional 9 to 5 job or are running a business of your dreams, waking up in the morning is challenging for all of us on some days. What matters is that you get out of bed, pour yourself a cup of ambition (for me, that means coffee), and get to work.
You don’t have to take it from me – take it from Dolly Parton herself.