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Dolly Parton's New Book Inspired by Commencement Speech

Image courtesy of Dolly Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Dolly Records (via ABC News Radio)

Dolly Parton has has an enviable career, which includes selling over 100 million records worldwide, scoring 25 number-one songs and winning seven Grammys.  Now the country singer is using her challenging childhood as inspiration for new book, Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.

Parton recalls childhood friends who laughed at her dream to become a famous singer.  "They did laugh and at the time it hurt my feelings and embarrassed me more than anything," she said on Tuesday's Good Morning America . "But through the years, I've come to know that they were just laughing because they weren't used to people dreaming that big. And that's kind of what this book is about, about not being afraid to dream."

The 66-year-old singer explained that she was inspired to write Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You after an inspirational commencement speech she gave in 2009 went viral online.  "A lot of people said, 'Well, you know, you should put this together and expand on it more and do something else with it.' So that's what we did."

Parton also said her ability to feel for others helped her pen the inspirational book. "I'm a songwriter so I stay sensitive. I have to live with my feelings on my sleeve so I can't harden my heart so that means I get hurt a lot," she explained on GMA . "I've learned how to take all of that and kind of incorporate that back into the lessons."

Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You is available now.

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