“Making Your Own Luck”—the book written by Taft partner Fred Glass and published by IU Press—is now available everywhere books are sold. Glass’ book tells the story of his journey from a skid row bar to becoming the Indiana University (IU) athletic director where he rebuilt a troubled program. Glass sets forth ten specific precepts for recognizing and seizing opportunities to “make your own luck” and how they have played out in his life to help a self-described ordinary guy accomplish fairly extraordinary things.
Taft’s Chairman and Managing Partner Robert J. Hicks says, “It is difficult to think of another individual with such a strong and well-established reputation in the higher education, sports, business, and legal communities. Fred knows how to get things done in a smart and strategic manner, and readers will benefit tremendously from the insight gained from his unique and impressive background.”
The book has already received praise from notable leaders and commentators including: Dallas Mavericks owner and IU alumnus Mark Cuban; ESPN college basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale; New York Times best-selling author Father James Martin, S.J.; former Indiana senator and governor Evan Bayh; hall of fame NFL executive Bill Polian; former Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney; former Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson; and Bloom Magazine.
Growing up in a skid row bar, having an alcoholic father, struggling with anxiety and self-doubt, and making his share of mistakes, Glass had much to contend with in his early life. However, supported by socially enlightened parents, a Jesuit education, and his soulmate, Barbara, his odyssey has led him to serve a mayor, a governor, a senator, and even a president, as well as leading a major law firm, before returning to IU as athletic director.
Glass details how he helped keep the Indianapolis Colts in his hometown. He spearheaded a massive convention center expansion and the building of Lucas Oil Stadium – he even helped attract Super Bowl XLVI, which was played in the stadium in 2012. Any of these accomplishments individually would be more than enough to call Glass’s career a resounding success, but they were only the beginning. In the latest stage of his journey, Glass led the rebuilding of the athletic program of his beloved alma mater, Indiana University. “I hope my odyssey serves as an example that it is ordinary people who do the kinds of things I’ve had the opportunity to do,” Glass writes. “The key is not being cowed from seizing opportunities by a feeling that we are not ready, or capable, or deserving, but rather taking ownership of them by believing in ourselves and making our own luck.”
Glass is a partner at Taft and focuses his practice on business law as well as issues involving sports/media/entertainment, higher education, employment, and government matters. Prior to joining Taft, he served as an IU vice president and the director of intercollegiate athletics for nearly 12 years.
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