We had the good fortune of connecting with Susan Casias and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Susan, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I first started my business it seemed like I was working 40 hours a day. There was absolutely no balance in my life at all, and everything reflected that. Everything felt like a struggle and I kept clients that ate up a lot of my time and paid very little for it. Five years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and was forced to focus on myself. I am cancer free now and my business is flourishing because I was forced to embrace balance. I can tell you that the day I started taking time for myself, my power of attraction increased exponentially and my business, bank account and “me time” grew with it. It was hard. I had to take a lot of leaps of faith. Yes, I did fail sometimes, just not as much and with greater rewards in the long run. Delegating was a big key. Letting those people make mistakes on their own was challenging. Knowing that success follows failures, gave me the patience and strength I needed to help those people working for me have the same balance in their lives, too. The pandemic was an unprecedented challenge and I made sure to apply to all the grants and loans out there. I also kept paying my employees, even when there was no work. The rewards from that are starting to produce already and my life has even more balance now. When you embrace balance, you increase your power of attraction and it’s wonderfully rewarding.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
God answers prayer through other people, and he put amazing people in my life. We all have struggles in our lives, both personally and professionally. As I grow older, I realize its all part of the journey. After all, it’s the journey we should be enjoying on the way to our destiny. Eight years ago I started my business and was a tech company. My business partner at the time, was not able to handle the pressure and I was left to move on by myself. Since I was the sales and marketing guru I went out and bought the DBA “The Sales Energizer” and never looked back. After many, many struggles, including beating stage 3 rectal caner (it was a real pain in the a__), the tapestry of my life is wonderfully colorful and I cherish all the failures and successes. The biggest thing I learned is that you just don’t run a business alone. You have to delegate and learn and grow as a team. It takes a village to grow a company. I went from charging $50 an hour to earning over 6 digits annually, and on my way to 7. I have wonderfully loyal employees and we all take care of each other. Many times, when in quiet prayer I sit in awe of the wonderful life I have been blessed with receiving. Obviously, my faith was a big component in overcoming struggles. Owning a business is a huge leap of faith I’m glad I took.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston has amazing restaurants. Because of the pandemic, there are not too many places to go right now, so eating at a different location would be a high priority. We have our favorite Italian places like Fornos of Italy and The Grotto and The Adriatic Cafe. Of course, if you like Chinese food, we highly recommend North China by Highway 6 and I-10. Julia’s on Highway 6 at W Little York is an awesome little Mexican place. If you want to go a little more high end, try Tony Mendola’s and El Tiempo Cantina. There are so many great places to eat. Those are the ones at the top of our list. They’re affordable and mmm, mmmm good.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out to my husband, Dean, who encourages me and has faith in me every single day. His support means the world to me and I’m so glad he quit his job to come work with me. I also want to recognize Kevin Pawlowski of Christian Consultants of Texas, LLC, my mentor. Kevin has taught me so much about business and balance in my life. He also gives me opportunities every single day to become a better person and grow my business. He also encourages me to perform random acts of kindness, and that is making my world a better place to live. I look forward to retiring wealthy in every sense of the word because those two men are in my life are helping me get there. Of course, if the Good Lord didn’t put them in my life, I would have nothing. God answers prayer through other people and He sure put great people in my life. I could write a book just about the amazing people God has placed before me. Thank you, God.