One of the most rewarding parts of my job as Democracia’s President and CEO are the amazing leaders I meet every day around the country. From the small business owner in Las Vegas weathering a tough economic climate to the promising college student in New Jersey who is proud to be the first in her family to graduate from high school, the Latinos and Latinas I meet across America remind me why the work Democracia does everyday is so important. This past year, I’ve had the amazing privilege of meeting and befriending music legend Emilio Estefan. Inarguably, Emilio is the embodiment of the American Dream: a boy who came to America with little more than hope and talent, the will to succeed and respect for the opportunity this great country afforded him. It’s with the strong belief of what’s possible in America that Emilio achieved the type of success most only dream of.
From his work as a beloved producer and a songwriter to his business empire, we know Emilio’s story of faith and determination because it resembles our own. Now in his new book, The Rhythm of Success: How an Immigrant Produced His Own American Dream, Emilio chronicles his journey and shares with us the important principles that have guided him in his life and career. The book is filled with an array of anecdotes and stories. From the story of how Emilio’s met a shy singer named Gloria who became the love of his life to how he defied those in the record industry who didn’t believe that Latin music could find a mass audience, Emilio offers each of us advice for building our own plans for success.
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I encourage you to check out Emilio’s book – what a great way to start 2010!