There's No Traffic on the Extra Mile
Lessons on the Road from Dreams to Destiny
On Sale: December 26, 2008
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The ultimate American Idol insider reveals what it takes to
achieve your dreams, recalling his journey from South
Central to center stage.
As a highly successful musician and producer, Rickey Minor
has worked with some of the world’s most celebrated
performers. He knows firsthand that there are reasons why
some people succeed, while others fail despite their
talent. As American Idol’s music director, Rickey Minor
helps contestants reach for their dreams week after week.
He’s seen it all behind the scenes at the wildly popular
In There’s No Traffic on the Extra Mile, Minor spins
stories from his life in the music business into
inspirational gold, imparting the lessons he has learned
the hard way, including:
• Always give people more than they were expecting. But
remember that you can’t please everyone all the time.
• Look for mentors. Minor recounts how Quincy Jones became
• Why every action moves you closer or farther away from
your aspiration—and how to tell the difference.
• If you can’t get what you want, it may be because you’re
not ready yet. When the time comes, you’ll know.
He also provides juicy behind-the-scenes anecdotes about
Idol contestants, and the keys to their success. He sees
the show as a condensed version of life itself. The
setbacks the performers face, and their triumphs, mirror
our own. But his bottom line, no matter what your field of
endeavor, is this: If you drive hard enough, sooner or
later you will be the only one left on the road.
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