Susan Hays – Success To Me
Jul 21 2009

I interviewed Susan Hays (pdf) for The University of Texas at Austin’s alumni magazine, The Alcalde, for an article that was published in the March/April 2006 issue.  My writing partner, Pam Losefksy, and I pulled these articles together a while back and you can see them on the Success Profiles page of this blog.  You can see the full article on Susan by clicking HERE (pdf).

Susan is a lawyer with her own practice.  Previuosly she worked with Waters & Kraus, LLP and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.  She served as briefing attorney for Texas Supreme Court Justice Rose Spector.  She earned her JD from Georgetown University and was the Dallas County Democratic Party Chair from 2002-2005.  She is also the co-founder of Jane’s Due Process and received Texas Monthly’s Best Lawyers in Texas under 40.

She shares:

Another Biblical adage that I think resonates really well with the notion of success is, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” I absolutely believe that we have a duty to do good with what power and influence we’re given. It really upsets me when I see someone who has achieved a
high office but doesn’t use it for the betterment of the state or country

She goes on to say:

I don’t think luck, if you define it as 100 percent chance, has much to do with success; success has much more to do with a willingness to seize interesting opportunities. Successful people see opportunities as challenges and not something scary. Wildly successful business people are smart enough to spot a need and gutsy enough to go out on a limb.

Susan has done a lot of great things for her community and to help young people, especially pregnant teens via Jane’s Due Process.  So many of us have been given so much and we don’t always put our resources, skills, and talents making the biggest difference we can.  It does take hard work, wrestling with your definition of yourself and society, as well as facing your fears to make the biggest impact we can.  Seize those opportunities when they come your way!

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