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Picks and Pans Review: An Immigrant's Tale

updated 02/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

>• "Every time I pass the [19] Grammys by the chimney in our house, I say, 'God Bless America!'" says Cuban immigrant and music mogul Emilio Estefan, 56. Among the tips for success in his new book:

TAKE RISKS

When I left Cuba at 11, I was taking the chance to never see my mom again. But it was the only way to get the family out of [Castro's] Cuba.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

My wife [singer Gloria Estefan] said we should do a conga with English lyrics, and the record label almost threw me out. "Dr. Beat" went all the way to the top.

BE THANKFUL

I first knew I'd succeeded when I went to buy a suit and didn't have to check for a price. Before, I couldn't buy anything! That was a great moment.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

I always knew music was my main thing, that it was what would make me happy. I made the right choice.

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