Lee's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    America Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Davis, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

LEE WALTHALL

Owner
Delta Of Venus Cafe

“If you start applying yourself to something, you will not believe how fulfilling your life will become and how good you'll get at that thing.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Food

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Hard Work Negativity Success Community Exploration Individualism Focus

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

applying yourself, asking for advice, business, challenges, community, conformity, death, fulfillment, living, military, music, options, parents, people, regrets, respect, sanctuary, similarities, the universe, timing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • At age 23, he had just come out of the military and he had no idea what he wanted to do.
  • Had a whole host of interests: wanted to be a musician, write a novel, own a restaurant, paint.
  • Realized he had the ability to do anything, but not everything; knew he had to focus in on something to be successful.
  • Had a conversation with himself and the universe, said, "Please give me something I can sink my teeth into."
  • Decided was the restaurant business was what he'd focus on; secured a loan, started asking local restaurant-owners for advice.
  • When he went to the Delta of Venus for advice, the owners offered to sell the cafe to him; he saw that as the sign he'd been waiting for.
  • Says people in the Davis community are successful "by no one's standards but their own," and that always encouraged him to put happiness first.
  • Believes when you die, you're not thinking about how much money you made; you're thinking, "Did I live a life worth living?"

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