02/01/2010 at 01:00 AM EST
>• "Every time I pass the  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:
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.
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.