If you're climbing the ladder of life you go rung by rung one step at a time. Don't look too far up set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don't think you're progressing until you step back and see how high you've really gone.
With success came an ever-growing burden of responsibility. I lived with a near-constant low-level anxiety that I would make a mistake that would not only threaten my career but also my brothers' - not to mention the livelihoods of many people who work with us or for us.
I am not going to condemn anybody. That's where religion gets a bad name when people get holier than thou. We are all human. If my children make a mistake I want them to know it is all right and they should try harder next time.
My political ideas and things like that even my religion I try to keep close to me because it's a personal thing and I don't shove it down people's throats. I don't condemn any artist that wants to do that like the Baldwins. That's their choice. But in my world I'm just an entertainer.
This whole head of the home thing has been blown way out of proportion. Some guys just take it way too far. Some parents take it way too far. Yet children need guidance. They need a parent to help and guide them. They also need a friend. They need a confidant.
The mindset of chasing that next #1 record doesn't exist for me anymore. It's more about being a well-rounded entertainer than being a pop artist. Obviously it would be wonderful to have a hit record but I don't base my happiness on that anymore. It's about the accomplishment of a project that satisfies me. I just want to enjoy the ride.
'Donny and Marie' was a great experience. I tried so hard to be a great talk show host but it's all about relaxing and enjoying it. Marie and I finally figured that out. I would have liked it to continue but I'm kind of glad it's over because of the phenomenal workload.
I'd like to work with Justin Bieber. He's talented and he's so young. I know what he's going through. I've lived what he's living through right now. Working with him would complete a circle of sorts for me. And he might find it a worthwhile experience himself.
I believe in the institution of marriage. Of course being a Mormon we believe in eternity rather than just till death do us part. If you really try hard if you make it work it's blissful. But I also know a marriage that isn't working can be painful.
Maybe I am a little bit guilty of trying to convince myself that I am cool to this point - even today. But I am so much more healthy than I used to be in my twenties because I was not accepted at all.
A belief in God is vitally important not just in show business but stability in life. You know to recognize deity is the most important thing that you can do. I mean it comes to the Ten Commandments. They weren't ten suggestions. They were Ten Commandments.
I could play it safe by recording songs that are familiar but am I expanding myself as an artist by doing covers? It's a catch-22. It's called show business: The word 'business' is in it and you've got to be a businessman. But then again you have to be true to yourself as an artist.
Of course this is Vegas and it is the melting pot for all over the world but people from all over the world know Donny and Marie. It is amazing. I have been in the business a long time to realize careers can be fleeting. Five years is a long career nowadays for some people and here we are still going strong after 40 years.