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Monday, March 20, 2023

Real News – Real News comes to an end


“Driving out the windshield” is an expression I’ve often heard in life. It refers to focusing on what you need to do more versus what you have done. So as 2016 comes to an end, so does this column.

I will begin to focus more on the road in front of me and my family. I’m certain from time to time you may see me provide a contribution to Positively Naperville. For now, I’d like to take a brief moment to thank all the readers, and my family for giving me some of your time for Real News. I hope it was more or less about commercial real estate – admittedly, it was often a lot less, but mostly just enough.

I started writing this column while one of my daughters was in high school and the other two were in middle school. Now, one is in college, another about to enter college, and the third one is nearly half way through high school.

In the beginning, I had one or two ideas and a firm sense of the stories and information I wanted to get out. Month by month, I would drive around the country looking at real estate in between meetings, and out of nowhere an idea would pop into my head. I would pull over to write down that idea. Most of the time it was just the first and last sentences in an article. It was a great creative outlet for this multifamily real estate geek.

I am so passionate about what I have been doing for nearly 25 years, and fortunate to have the love and support of my family – thanks; Laurie, Veronica, Gabrielle, and Willow. It is in this process of doing exactly what you love to do (including writing for Positively Naperville), that makes living great.

So as the New Year begins, know that I am driving out the windshield as I take a little different path. Please do keep your hands on the wheel, point your car in the direction you want to go, and step on the gas.

Paul DeKruiff
Paul DeKruiff
Paul DeKruiff is married, father of three daughters and a 17-year resident of Naperville. Contact him at pauldekruiff@comcast.net or (630) 446-0049.