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It's time! Another Hall of Fame class is here to inspire you to new heights

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Our newest Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame class has been announced, and you can see who made the hall this year in our digital issue. And when you do, it might be a good time for some reflection on your own CRE career.

The start of a new year always brings a burst of focus. We’re going to go to the gym at least four days a week. We’re going to cook healthy and eat out less. We vow to take more walks and jump into our cars less.

Then Jan. 15 rolls around and those grand plans have largely fallen by the wayside. It’s not easy to keep those new year’s resolutions once the phone calls, deadlines and other stresses of life kick back in.

But there are exceptions to this rule.

It seems that some people, most notably the newest members of our Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame, aren’t really in need of resolutions at all. These new members of our Hall of Fame class – we’ll introduce you to more than 90 of them this issue, both in digital form and print – don’t need resolutions to thrive. They’re already closing big deals, forming lifelong business relationships, serving their communities and volunteering for their industry.

To stack new resolutions on top of all this achieving? It seems almost like overkill. Our newest Hall of Fame members are already leading pretty amazing lives. Going to the gym one more time a week won’t change that.

But here’s the thing: Our Hall of Fame members don’t spend all of their time working. Several of them enjoy some rather amazing hobbies. Others travel the world. Still others spend long hours volunteering for their communities.

One new Hall of Famer, for instance, is an avid bagpipe player. Another has scaled the peaks of some of the tallest mountain ranges across the globe. One plays in an Elvis Presley tribute band, while another has competed in the America’s Cup sailing race.

Still others drive race cars, while others have traveled to Africa for wildlife safaris. The members of this year’s Hall of Fame class are an eclectic group, it’s safe to say.

What’s clear about these members is that not only are they thriving in their careers, they are succeeding in life, too. These CRE pros have found time to not only build busy careers, but to participate in their industries and communities.

We can all learn a little something from that. And really, that’s the whole point of our annual Hall of Fame issues. We hope that you read our profiles and that the examples of these great commercial reale state pros will inspire you to reach greater heights. That’s what the start of a new year should really be all about.