Going Places: How America's Best and Brightest Got Started Down the Road of Lifeby E.D. Hill
That was the question longtime journalist and Fox & Friends cohost E.D. Hill asked of scores of the most famous and successful figures in Americafrom President George W. Bush to supermodel Carol Alt. The result is Going Places, a collection of moving and instructive profiles that reveal exactly what inspires and drives our nation's best and brightest to survive and thrive.
In the pages of Going Places, you'll discover how Donald Trump approaches the competition, what makes NFL star Tiki Barber a smart player on and off the field, and what life lesson television star Doris Roberts learned on a trip to Napa Valley. You'll follow country music star Trace Adkins's journey from working on a rig in the oil fields of Texas to signing a deal with Capitol Records in Nashville, and Donna de Varona's path to becoming the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic swim team at age thirteen. Sometimes heart wrenching, sometimes humorous, and always captivating, these portraits are sure to inform, entertain, and, most important, inspire.
- Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, on searching for her soul in Tibet
- Champion bull rider Justin McBride on what it means to get a good night's sleep
- Senate Majority Leader Dr. William Frist on medicine as a currency of peace
- Dolly Parton on her father's horse-sense advice
- Dean Cain on rejection, perseverance, and lessons he learned from his son
Sharing these stories in these figures' own voices, Going Places reflects a vast and diverse America in which anything is possible. "It is my hope that you'll have this book by your bedside table and turn to it, alone or with yourchildren, to find inspiration from wonderful people." After all, as these real-life stories illustrate, great advice can come from anyone, at any time.
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Going PlacesHow America's Best and Brightest Got Started Down the Road of Life
By E.D. Hill
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Trace Adkins, a six-foot-six, 250-pound former gospel singer, stands out in a crowd. When you meet him, you're struck at once by how immense he is -- yet his sensitivity is impossible to miss. You immediately feel you know him. Perhaps it's because he's a lot like you. He's had his ups and downs and then some. He's been married, divorced, married, divorced, and married again, this time happily at last. He talks about his children and asks you about yours. He worries about the impact of broken homes.
Trace took a while to find himself. At Louisiana Tech he played football and studied both music and petroleum technology, which ultimately led to a job working on oil rigs. But when he finally got a break in Nashville, his music career took off.
The songs Trace sings are honest and open. Through them, you see the man he is.
Go where the factory is and get in the game
I'd been playing clubs in Texas for about four years and I had pretty much given up hope. I was burned out on the whole scene. I just thought, "Well, it's not going to happen for me." I'd been under the impression that somebody was going to see me playing in one of those little clubs and say, "Come here. I want to make you a star." It never happened, and I got frustrated. So I spent the next three years working in the oil fields.
I truly enjoyed the work. I liked the camaraderie and the machismo of the whole thing. It's a hard-core world out in the oil field, working on the drilling rigs, and I liked it. Then one day, out of the blue, the guy who had been booking me in those clubs called me on the phone to ask if I was singing anymore. I told him no. He said, "Well, that's unfortunate. One of these days you're going to have to look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself the question, I wonder what would've happened if . . . ?" I told him, "I just couldn't take it anymore, man." And he replied, "That's not what I'm talking about. I mean that if you really want it, you've got to throw down the pom-poms. Go where the factory is and get in the game. Get yourself to Nashville."
I hung up the phone and really thought about what he'd said. The prospect of moving was kind of scary. I wasn't sure I really wanted to leave the only home I'd ever known. But you know what? The thought of me being sixty-five years old, looking in the mirror, and asking myself that question scared me worse. John Milam was his name. I will always be indebted to him and I'll never forget him for that.
For some people, success finds them, but that's the exception rather than the rule. I knew that Nashville is where singers become stars. And I knew that John was right. It took his shaking me up like that and making me take a good hard look at myself to give me the courage to take the step. I decided that I would try out Nashville for three or four years, and if it didn't happen I would still be in good enough physical shape to go back and work in the oil fields.
When I got to Nashville I knew very few people, but there was this one guy who had played guitar with me while I was in Texas. He had moved to Nashville and gotten a gig playing with an act on the Grand Ole Opry every weekend, and he was playing clubs in the area. He gave me advice that really served me well. He said, "Whatever you do, don't spend your own money." When you're trying to make it, he explained, everyone will be coming up to you and saying that they can make you a star. They'll tell you that you need to come to their studio to cut some demos -- do this, do that -- and that Dr. Arthur Agatston is one of the most congenial people you could meet. A few minutes after meeting me in Miami (his home), he found out that my children had accompanied me to South Beach because I had to work there on Halloween. He immediately offered me his house to use as a home base for trick-or-treating with my kids. He's that kind of guy -- generous and thoughtful.
When we arrived I was shocked (but my children were delighted -- they were a little leery of being at a "diet doctor's house" on Halloween) to find that Arthur's wife, Sari, had a platter full of cookies and cake laid out for them! I was pregnant with my fifth child at the time and was craving sweets, so I was happy, too! Months later, after I had the baby, I wanted to lose post-pregnancy weight and I decided to try out Dr. Agatston's South Beach Diet. I lost thirty-five pounds in five months. My husband, Mr. Hill, lost twenty-eight pounds. After dieting, The South Beach Diet Cookbook became our guide for daily healthy eating and easy cooking. I think the world of both Arthur and Sari Agatston.
Have goals, work toward those goals, and never give up
Frankly, a lot of the good advice I got early on in my life came from audio tapes. When I first became a cardiologist, I listened to tapes by people such as Earl Nightingale -- self-improvement development tapes that stress having goals and working persistently toward those goals. I find that persistence is a big factor in having a successful life.
In the years when I was hospital-based and coming up with new techniques and ideas, I met a lot of classic resistance. I never gave up and I kept pushing. In fact, at our hospital we actually had the original ultrafast heart scanner called the Imatron. We used the machine for . . .
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Meet the Author
E.D. Hill is the cohost of Fox & Friends, the Fox News Channel's highly rated morning television program. Formerly a television reporter, anchor, and producer in New York, Boston, Pitts-burgh, and other cities, she has received numerous awards including an Emmy and a Golden Quill Award. E.D. lives with her husband and eight children in Connecticut and Texas.
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E.D. Hill has created perhaps the perfect gift book. This is a one-size-fits-all for just about anyone. Mrs. Hill's introduction to each contributor offers insight and a glimpse into her personal relationship with the writer. It is as warm and personal as if she were to say: 'Please come and meet my friend I think you two might have something of interest in common.' This book should find a home on every night table at every bedside. It is a good read just before sleeping, or a good start to a new day. Somehow we all seem to feel better knowing that we are not alone in the world that the things we feel and think are not unique to us only. We all struggle, dream and pray to be the person we know we can be - If only. . . you might find the 'if only' you are looking for in the pages of this really lovely book.