FATHER KNOWS BEST
As they reflect on Father's Day, your favorite country stars reveal the great advice their dads gave them to live by
Billy Ray Cyrus
"Friendship and honesty are two of the most valuable things in the world, and that's what I inherited from my dad, Ron Cyrus. He taught me that you've got to work for anything worthwhile, that nothing worth anything comes easy."
"My dad taught us that if you commit yourself to something, finish what you start. And when you say you're going to do something, you do it!"
"My Dad told me that life is a 'pay attention' game. It didn't make a whole lot of sense to me when I was younger. But I've recognized that all things in life happen for a reason, and I have learned to recognize -- pay attention to -- and have an appreciation for all of it. I think that's exactly what my Dad meant -- time goes by too fast not to pay attention to everything that happens in your life."
"I'd made some demos that never really went anywhere, and I'd get kind of down. But Dad would always say, 'Well, then make another one.' And I'd say, 'But nothing's ever happened with them.' And he would come back with, 'Well, you've just got to keep trying, son.' So, I guess that was his advice -- keep trying!"
"There was something my dad [Johnny Cash] said to me as a young girl. I was reading some very esoteric book, and he saw what I was reading. I said, 'You're not into this, are you?' He goes, 'No, but I think you should find out everything you can about it.' I thought, 'Wow, what a brilliant thing for a parent to say.' Like, don't shut down your world. Expand your world as far as it can go. Find out everything you can, and form your belief system after you have all the knowledge."
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