We had the good fortune of connecting with Harley Schuder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Harley, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
If I had to elaborate on the most vital factor that I associate my success with it would have to be remaining kind in an actively cruel world. I was raised by a strong, driven woman who has overcome obstacles in each phase of her life to reach the next level with class and grace. Beside her, a businessman who doesn’t only demand the best for his family but designed a life that revolves around his family. Because of the simplicity of my parents morals I have grown to desire a similar core values, naturally.
As I was “growing up” and defining who I wanted to be in college I stumbled across a video narrated by my now favorite person to idolize, Matthew Mcconaughey. In 2015, he gave a classic motivational Commencement Speech at the University of Houston that highlights principles he has learned and I have conveniently adopted.
“The question that we have to ask ourselves is what success is to us? What success is to you? Is it more money? That’s fine, I got nothing against money. Maybe it’s a healthy family. Maybe it’s a happy marriage. Maybe it’s help others, to be famous, to be spiritually sound. To the leave the world a little bit better place than you found it. Continue to ask yourself that question. Now, your answer may change over time and that’s fine but do yourself this favor whatever your answer is, don’t choose anything that will jeopardize your soul. Prioritize who you are, who you want to be and don’t spend any time with anything antagonizes your character.”
The video dives deeper on a multitude of points (and even more in his new book he released last year, Greenlights) but this specific quote resonates on a daily basis with me because it is a compilation of practices that are relevant in every season of life. Good or bad. Personally, an individual that remains kind and can show grace is a mentally strong, successful member of society and at the end of the day, people buy from people. I’d be happy to do business with someone who is kind hearted and compassionate, especially if that person is an advocate for covering my most valued possessions and loved ones.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Schuder Insurance Agency, simply put, is comprised of individuals who recognize the importance of bridging the gap between a beneficiary and a policy. It’s important to us our clients understand what they are signing up for when they place ink on a piece of paper. Schuder Insurance Agency stands out because our concerns rely on sticking to our humble roots of spreading kindness and genuinely caring for our clients and partners. Starting a new business is never easy but when you are surrounded by a positive, kind-hearted and ambitious team, it’s easy to accept challenges as they come and work through them together.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is so much to see and check out in my beloved hometown of Fort Worth. For a bite to eat I’ll be sure to take a friend to Press Cafe, Reata, or Rodgers Roundhouse for a nice patio. Some local favorites include Paka Pocket, Gali’s and Mama’s pizza. I’ll definitely introduce them to Hawaiian Bros if they have never been.
For some fun spots, I’d drag them to the stockyards (Thursday’s for live music), the Fort Worth Zoo, and the trinity to walk & talk about life.
To watch some sports you better believe we are watching those at my favorite bar in town, Chimys.
Honorable mentions: Pete’s Piano Bar, Studio 80, Hyena’s Comedy Club, and Billy Bob’s.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well, I touched on this but my parents for sure. they have taught me so much and today I feel like I have the opportunity to teach them, not only technology related but how we define ourselves holistically.
Matthew McCaughey, if I ever had a chance to sit and talk with anyone in the world it would be him. I admire his perspective on life.
My college professors who designed my sales minor program at Texas A&M. They taught me so much and molded me as a career woman – how to not only work with people in business development but taught me about emotional intelligence and took a proactive approach instead of lecturing everyday. Dr. Kerry Litzenburg and Codie Wright.
My brother. He’s everything an older sibling should be by paving the path ahead of me and showing me what steps are fruitful and which ones are quick sand.
Finally, my little sisters. Although they are younger they have given me a chance to stay humbled and connected to my core values. As my role, yes, is to teach them as my brother did me, I am able to walk through life knowing that have two people who think I walk on water. And in a season when I’m making mistakes and wrong turns, it keeps me humbly confident.
Emotional intelligene 2.0 & Greenlights
I designed these, My mother Crystal Schuder is in the pictures.