This real estate executive and author also plays in a band, skydives


By day, Richard Doetsch helps manage over $1 billion in residential and commercial real estate, including affordable housing, at Hudson Valley Property Group. La Nuit is a best-selling novelist, about to release his 10th novel — the mystery/romance title “The 13th Hour: Chaos” (Simon & Schuster). His books have been published in 34 countries. And his wife of 44 years? Well, versions of her appear in everything he writes.

“I killed her 4 times,” he admits, laughing.

“She came back twice. The way I think of it is, ‘No tears or fears for the writer? No tears or fears for the reader”, and his death is the worst thing I can imagine. We’ve been together since we were kids.

When he’s not working in real estate or tapping every night from 9:30 a.m. to midnight, Doetsch is also a guitarist in a band (drummer is Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s bandleader) , participates in triathlons, kite surfing and parachute jumps. Although it all seems incredibly active, he makes room for his passion projects by carefully managing his schedule, watching very little television and continuing to sleep 6 hours a night.

He did side hustling before side hustling even had a name.

Doetsch is also a guitarist in a band (the drummer is Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s bandleader).
Courtesy of Richard Doetsch

“You have to like the hustle and bustle of day and night, and you have to have excellent time management. What some people call a side hustle could be a help for either gig,” says Doetsch. “At night, you could immerse yourself in writing a book and your mind would clear. You have a bad day in real estate, you might have a good night in writing. You clear your head and come back fresh.

For people who’ve always wanted to tackle that novel — or any other creative item on their wishlist — he offers this simple advice: “Do it. Go home tonight. Write for 5 minutes. Tomorrow , write for 10. And over the next 10 days try to extend that for an hour. If you write 500 words in one day, after 180 days you have something.

“When I kite surf or skydive, you have to jump. You can’t stay on the plane! We’re all scared and can make lots of excuses, but there’s only one reason you need to take the first step. So many people don’t try anything new after 35. Go ahead, do it. There is no card. Go chase your dream. Dreams should never end.

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