Dolly Parton Shares Some Of Her Mama’s Best Advice

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Dolly Parton’s Mama Gave Her Some Incredible Business Advice She Still Follows Today

Dolly Parton once received some top-notch advice from her mama, Avie Lee. The advice was so good that Dolly still follows it today.

As you likely know, Dolly is an accomplished businesswoman. Beyond her career as a singer, songwriter, and actress, Parton is an author, has her own line of products with Williams-Sonoma, and has her namesake Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Dolly shows no signs of slowing down. While she is undeniably successful, she gives someone else credit for helping her maintain that success…her mama, Avie Lee.


Dolly Parton with her siblings and their parents, Avie Lee and Robert Lee, who gave them great advice
Dolly Parton is pictured here with her parents and siblings. Photo Credit: Dolly Parton / Facebook

As a guest on Apple Music Country’s “The Kelleigh Bannen Show,” Dolly shared some of the best advice her mama ever gave her. That advice was, “Always keep something back for you.”

This six-word piece of advice is what Dolly credits for helping her maintain a successful career across multiple decades. She explained how she put her mama’s advice into practice:

You can give what you’ve got, but don’t give it all away,” she said. “I pray also that God will, you know, give me enough to share and enough to spare when it comes to my money, but also to myself. Let me share everything I can, but let me keep me.”

Dolly’s mama inspired her in more ways than one. Her beloved song “Coat of Many Colors” was based on a coat Avie Lee made for her from a bunch of rags. Dolly continues to honor her mother every time she sings that song.

Avie Lee passed away in 2003, but her legacy lives on. We’re sure she’d be incredibly proud of Dolly and everything she has accomplished in the past few years alone.

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