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Living His Dream: Je By Bob Cox

A: I am not taking all the credit. God is with me and if it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I think the only thing really stopping people is themselves, because to me there are no limits to what I can do. That is just what I think personally. If you want something, you can get it. I tell my kids anything that the mind can believe it can achieve.

When I came to this country, I was 23 years old and I just graduated from a university in Mexico. The way things are in Mexico is so different than here because down there you need money to get good jobs and since I came from a very poor family, it was very hard for me to find a good job. I never thought Q: Well, you definitely have the passion and that I was going to come here to be honest with you, spark that it takes to be successful in life. What but I did with the idea that coming to this country, motivated you to come to America and go for no matter what I was going to succeed. It was hard, your dream? but with God on my side, being persistent and knowA: To be honest with you, I wanted to do this and ing what I wanted in life helped make things easier. Jesus (Chewy) Chavez, owner. to give back to my family. Back then, I wasn’t marIt was just hard work and determination and over the ried. I was a single guy, but I knew that my mom and years I was able to accomplish the goals that I was my dad gave a lot to make me into the person that I am today and committed to accomplish… and here I am. To me, as a person I really owe it to them, so I just really wanted to do something for and human being, the most important thing in life is my family, them. Over the years I have been able to help out. my kids, my wife, and all I want to do is build them up, set them up, guide them, and have them be good and independent people Q: You’ve mentioned how grateful you are to be in in life. So far, it’s been working. I have 4 beautiful kids and they America because you’ve received so many blessings, but are studying to go to college. One of my girls is going to Sac State haven’t you also given a lot to be here today? and the other kids are going to High School. My family and busiA: Yes and if you give you will receive. Giving is a joy. Receivness are my life. — Jesus (Chewy) Chavez ing, I don’t even think about it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be money. It could be time; love and the intangible things that you Q: I really admire your courage and your drive. You came don’t see that at the end are the things that are worth the most. to this country without an understanding of the language When I was growing up, I was very insecure and I had a lot of fear. or knowing a single person over here. Where did you get the Why? I don’t know, but I realized I was very insecure and I have a courage to take that leap of faith and go for it? lot of fear in my soul and I didn’t want to be that person. I knew deep inside there was the Chewy getting ready to be set free and I worked a lot on setting myself free. I taught myself by reading a lot of books and good stories to motivate me and be the person I wanted to be. Being persistent, I was able to do that. The Chewy you see today is the Chewy that wanted to come out and live this wonderful life! Q: When you came here to United States you started as a dishwasher. Is that correct? A: Yeah and it was funny, because when I came to this country, I didn’t know anything about this life but for some reason I was able to get a job at Huey’s Diner. I started off doing dishes and don’t get me wrong, a job’s a job, but I thought I deserved better, so I did dishes at night and then got up early in the morning to go to school and over the years I was able to learn the language. I still have a strong accent but the main thing is to be able to communicate with people and I am able to do it. So I went to school

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