We agree with this sage wisdom.
Country super star Miranda Lambert recently caught up with TIME to chat about women in country music, the Pistol Annie's, and her life on the road touring. The singer also shared some life advice she got from the inimitable Dolly Parton.
"When I met Dolly [Parton], the overall message was, 'Keep going. You do you. Believe in what you believe in and don’t take no.' That’s how I’ve always lived, but it was so nice to have someone like her reassure me of that," Lambert shares with the magazine. (From business success to hard times, Parton has no shortage of catchy quotes, see 17 of our favorites here.)
Of course, being yourself and not taking no for an answer aren't easy feats, but both of these beloved country acts have proven that sticking to your roots and proudly staying true to who you are can make for a fruitful career.
In the same interview, Lambert also opened up about why dogs are so special to her. "It’s where my heart is. It started with volunteering at the Humane Society in Texas; I adopted a little dog who was my companion. Her name is Delilah. For the first seven years of my career, she went everywhere with me; she was therapy," she said. "When I lived in Oklahoma, it was a very rural area and I fostered about 38 dogs myself. Now I have eight. I think that’s pretty good." In 2009, Lambert founded MuttNation Foundation to help rescue animals and shelters.
Ready to catch the spunky Ms.Lambert on tour? Check out her upcoming tour dates here.