DGS 161: Jason’s Daughter Madi Provides an Inside Look Into DoorGrow & Jason

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your own kid work with you in your business? Here at DoorGrow, one of our team members is the founder/CEO’s daughter! 

Property management growth expert Jason Hull interviews his own daughter AND team member, Madi Sleight. Madi gives a unique perspective on Jason, DoorGrow, social media, and more. If you ever wondered what Jason is really like personally, this episode is for you.

You’ll Learn…

[01:15] Meet today’s guest: Madilyn Sleight with DoorGrow

[05:16] What does Jason even do? Madi’s perspective as a kid and as Jason’s daughter.

[07:45] Joining the team at DoorGrow and Madi’s role on the team.

[05:16] What does Jason even do? Madi’s perspective as a kid and as Jason’s daughter.

[17:45] The program is not a miracle cure… then who is the program for?

[22:15] Jason’s personality according to his daughter and how Jason’s “out there” beliefs benefit the DoorGrow and Scale Mastermind

[27:40] What’s next for Madi?

[32:01] More about Madi and her relationship with her dad

[38:25] Madi learned to mimic Jason’s voice on socials + how she does social media

Tweetables

I love those clients. I love the ones that just show up to everything and they do everything that we say and they just get the best results.”

“For me, it’s super rewarding to see clients winning and succeeding. Like it’s worth more than money and getting paid to do what I do.”

“It’s crazy that I get paid to just help people win, which is really awesome.” 

“I think the first thing that people who are skeptical or unsure need to realize is you’re not selling a magical cure.”

Resources

DoorGrow and Scale Mastermind

DoorGrow Academy

DoorGrow on YouTube

DoorGrowClub

DoorGrowLive

TalkRoute Referral Link

Transcript

[00:00:00] Madi Sleight: You know, you’ve always kind of been out there in your beliefs or like what you’re interested in. Like, And I mean this in the best way possible, you’re kind of like a nutjob.

[00:00:11] Jason Hull: All right, welcome DoorGrow Hackers to the #DoorGrowShow! If you are a property management entrepreneur that wants to add doors, make a difference, increase revenue, help others impact lives, and you’re interested in growing your business and life, and you’re open to doing things a bit differently, then you are a DoorGrow Hacker. DoorGrow Hackers love the opportunities, daily variety, unique challenges and freedom that property management brings. Many in real estate. Think you’re crazy for doing it. You think they’re crazy for not because you realize that property management is the ultimate high trust gateway to real estate deals, relationships and residual income.

[00:00:50] At DoorGrow, we are on a mission to transform property management business owners and their businesses. We want to transform the industry, eliminate the BS, build awareness, change perception, expand the market and help the best property management entrepreneurs win. I’m your host property management growth expert, Jason Hull, the founder and CEO of DoorGrow. Now let’s get into the show.

[00:01:15] All right, everybody, so today’s interview guest that I have with me is Madilyn Marie Hull, my daughter who goes by Madi.

[00:01:28] Madi Sleight: It’s also Sleight now. 

[00:01:31] Jason Hull: Oh, oh, that’s right. She’s married now. So it’s Madilyn Marie Sleight. So… no? Madi Sleight? 

[00:01:40] Madi Sleight: You didn’t have to put in the middle name in there, come on. 

[00:01:43] Jason Hull: I know, but like I named you, and I gave you that name, so. Cool. So yeah, gosh, that’s a old habit. Yeah, Madi Sleight. I got to get used to that last name. I’m still not used to it. So Madi Sleight… I wanted to have her on the show. I want to have my daughter– she’s my oldest– and I wanted to have her on the show partially because her birthday is tomorrow. We’re recording this here on February 1st and she was born February 2nd. And it’s her birthday tomorrow. 

[00:02:10] But Madi also has been working with me. How long have you been working with me? 

[00:02:17] Madi Sleight: It’ll be two years in I think July– June or July. 

[00:02:22] Jason Hull: Yeah. So she’s been going to school, going to college, and doing work with DoorGrow. And so, she’s become a critical part of the team. And so, I wanted to have her on the show because I think it would be really cool for those that listened to the podcast. Those that wonder who Jason Hull is and what’s he really like, you know? I’m also a father, and I am a boss and Madi’s gotten to experience both sides of those things the good and the bad. And I thought it’d be cool to have you on the show just to help people understand maybe a little bit more about me and that sort of thing. 

[00:02:59] So Madi, why don’t you introduce yourself? Tell people with the right name, since I screwed that up already and tell everybody what it is that you do at DoorGrow.

[00:03:10] Madi Sleight: Okay. Well, my name is Madi Sleight. Nobody calls me Madilyn, except for you apparently. But, I am our social media manager here at DoorGrow, and I also just do a couple other little things like I video edit and I create case studies/ testimonials of our clients, showcase their wins, post those to YouTube, and I hand those over to Kyle as well, our kind of marketing guy. And he makes those into these awesome Facebook ads that are our lead gen source right now. 

[00:03:40] I sit in on all the weekly calls, the weekly coaching calls with our clients and I take notes and I capture their wins, so I kind of get to know all of our clients on maybe more of a surface level, but it’s still really cool. I get to know their names and faces and backgrounds of their businesses. How many doors they add each call. And it’s very insightful. I’ve tried a lot of different things in the last year and a half of being at DoorGrow. I tried sales followup for a little bit, tried a little bit of client success here and there. I’ve gotten to learn a lot of things, and I am an advertising major at the university of Idaho.

[00:04:17] And so it’s kind of been cool learning, you know, things in lecture about advertising, SEO, sales, marketing, stuff like that. Being able to use that knowledge at DoorGrow. But then also learning things at DoorGrow and being able to put that towards my degree and use that in my classes. 

[00:04:38] Jason Hull: Yeah. And I think it’s really cool.

[00:04:40] So, I think the most important thing that I want that you do is more testimonial videos because it’s proof, it’s evidence that we’re getting results and you get to see this stuff firsthand. You’re not just behind the paywall and seeing what goes on, but you get to see the inner workings of the business. And so, maybe you could share with people what you thought I did in the business and what you thought I did before you became a team member of the business, what your perspective was and then maybe how that shifted, because I’m sure that was quite a bit different once you got in.

[00:05:16] Madi Sleight: I don’t even know what I thought you did cause for a while, when I was a little kid, you were the website guy. And I thought, “oh, how cool,” you know, “my dad made a website for Mr. Gas in my hometown.” And I was like, “wow!” You know.

[00:05:30] Jason Hull: Wow, that’s a long time ago. 

[00:05:32] Madi Sleight: I know! And I remember that. And so, when you started making that transition into coaching, you know– and it was kind of a subtle, smooth transition. You started in with your brother. You’ve got family members who are into this kind of stuff, but it wasn’t something that you necessarily shared with me and my siblings all the time. You kind of just would disappear and turn on your busy sign, your neon, sign outside your door of your office. And we were like, “Yeah, he’s working,” you know, “he’s doing what he’s doing.”

[00:06:02] And it was only until I think two summers before I started working at DoorGrow, when you came to me and were like, “Hey, you should try out making a couple social media posts for us.” And I did ’cause I was into design stuff. Only then I was like, what is DoorGrow? What is– what does that even mean?

[00:06:22] That is such a weird term doors and growing? Is it like a plant business? I got really into it. Like I was really curious and I actually like begged him for the remainder of those two years. Like, “dude, I’ll do your social media. It’s a travesty. I will fix it for you”

[00:06:40] Jason Hull: “Let me do it, dad.”

[00:06:42] Madi Sleight: Seriously! I was like begging him. And even like my sister– I would be texting my sister and I’d be like, “man, you know, he still hasn’t gotten back to me on this.” And she’s like, “oh, I’ll go talk to him. Hailey did. Hailey and I would text behind your back and be like, man.

[00:06:58] And that was one of the first things when I, was graduating high school and going off to college, your social media was still– it was still not great. it was very inconsistent. You guys were probably posting… you posted mostly about the podcast episodes, which I still do. But other than that, you were posting maybe once a month or less, not consistently.

[00:07:19] And the branding, the designs and branding were kind of off and it almost made you look sketchy from a social media standpoint, and I honestly, when I was applying to work for DoorGrow, I still wasn’t completely sure what you did. I knew that you’ve coached businesses to like become better businesses. And that’s kinda what I told people like, “yeah, he’s a business guy who makes other business guys do better.” 

[00:07:45] But it wasn’t until I actually– I was just desperate for a job at that point, but I applied to DoorGrow and you made me jump through all these hoops, personality tests. I was like, “this is so my dad.” Cause you had made me take these personality tests before. You had, you know, human design stuff. This was stuff that he would make my siblings and I do, but I took them again and I was like, “he makes his applicants do this?”

[00:08:10] I was like, that is such a thing that my dad would do, but I’m going through. I do all the things. And as I was going, I just started getting more and more excited. I was like, “man, this a lot of hoops to jump through.” I feel like if I get past all of this, I must be a really cool person.

[00:08:27] Like it started making me more excited to work for you guys, because it was like qualifying me as someone you were hiring. And then I made the little introduction video, and I tried to have fun with it and get like my personality involved. And I remember being so nervous. I was like, “Why am I so nervous? It’s my dad. I’m trying to work with my dad.” But I was so nervous all of a sudden. I was so excited. And I remember– we had different team members at the time like Jon Ray– and you were sending me messages that you had gotten from the team. Like, “Man, I love her video!” And I got so excited, and going through the trainings that you sent me– you sent me like the company mission statement and the core values– I went through those and I read it and I got to learn like what you do and what you stand for. And not only was it cool’ cause I got to know you a little bit better on the business side. That was something me and my siblings never really got to experience when we were little, but I also got to know the business.

[00:09:25] And first of all, I learned you were not a scam because I wasn’t sure. It’s an expensive program. You know? Like are people getting value out of it? But people were, and the more like I dove into the client testimonials and I watched, I remember some of my family members at the time being like, “what are you doing?”

[00:09:44] And they’re like, “come take a break and hang out with us.” I’m like, “no, I’m watching all these videos.” I was like watching them in the background while doing other things. I was watching them and I really got to know the business. And then I got even more excited and I was like, “you know, this company doesn’t really need me for social media right now. I mean, you did, you needed some social media help, but also you guys were doing just fine. The value was there and people noticed that even without flashy visuals or a really well set up socials page. Although, and I can get into this later, but I do think the social media is helping from what I’ve seen now. I can get into that later if you want, but… 

[00:10:23] Jason Hull: I don’t, I don’t have to mess with it now, which is really nice. It just gets done. So, yeah. And I don’t really have to spend time on Facebook. I don’t have to spend time on Instagram. So that really did add value. My favorite thing that you do though, is get testimonial videos. I love those and you do a really great job on editing those. So you had mentioned just seeing me work from, you know, I was working from home. Right? And most people, if they have a dad that works, which I guess most people probably do, their dad usually takes off, like leaves and comes back. Like they just disappear, but I was always there and working from home. What do you think that was like for you? Is that different than you think other people’s experience? Was it weird?. 

[00:11:05] Madi Sleight: Yeah, it was weird. I mean, when we were really little, and I mean like second grade, eight years old, you had an office for OpenPotion downtown, you know, and even then when you would go to work sometimes–

[00:11:19] Jason Hull: I forgot about that.

[00:11:21] Madi Sleight: Sometimes even then when you would go to work, you’d take me and my sister along with you. And we would like to play around–

[00:11:27] Jason Hull: Yeah, I did for a little while. In the beginning, I did have an office, yeah.

[00:11:30] Madi Sleight: And we would play around in the back with your workout equipment while you were working. Even when you had an office. It wasn’t like, like a day job, like a cubicle. We were around. We would play in the shop windows, you know. 

[00:11:44] Jason Hull: You have such a good memory. It’s really wild.

[00:11:49] Madi Sleight: I really do. Well, I wasn’t that young. I was like eight years old. That was when I was missing my two front teeth, you know? Yeah, no, I remember. You had the Roomba going around the office. We would tape stuff to it. Anyway, I’m getting off track.

[00:12:04] Jason Hull: I had a robot cleaning for me. So coming in from the outside and then seeing– cause you get to see– you’re on pretty much every coaching call, I think every coaching call, right? And you take show notes and then you give those to the group in the Mastermind and everybody else. How would you describe what we do now? And like, what’s your perspective seeing what goes on in the business?

[00:12:30] Madi Sleight: Even in just the last year and a half, and I know like we’ve really sped up the process of getting things organized with Sarah coming on, but even in just the last year and a half, like from when I started versus now– The program has been polished and cleaned up the value and the coaching, modules themselves were always there, but now we’re really like getting to polish and refine them and you get to work on making all the fine adjustments and tunings that you want to.

[00:13:00] And it’s really cool seeing that happen because as we’re growing and adding more clients, I also see our clients getting more excited. When we made changes to certain documents a couple of weeks ago clients went crazy for it. They were like excited with us over this nerdy formatting change or like changing the order of the program around. The clients get excited, and I’ve gotten messages from clients being like, “Hey, can you send me the link to this document? I’m excited to restart it or like to do it over again. I want the newest updated version.” And so, it’s not just something that benefits us on like a organization level…

[00:13:37] Jason Hull: You’re talking about the Roadmaps roadmaps or the new scripts, or?

[00:13:39] Madi Sleight: I didn’t know if I was supposed to like, go into details on the podcast.

[00:13:43] I don’t know what I’m supposed reveal to the public. 

[00:13:44] Jason Hull: Like it’s a proprietary secret? Nah. 

[00:13:48] Madi Sleight: It’s a secret. It’s for clients only. I don’t know. But no, the clients love the updated grow roadmap. They really did. They found a lot more clarity. And I remember when I was reaching out, you know, “Hey, you’re in this program, we updated this.”

[00:14:03] They’re like, “man, can you send me the notes for that call? I missed it.” Or I get notes all the time because I’ve turned into like the weekly coaching call and note taker. People will message me like, “oh man, I’m so upset. I missed today’s call.” You know, they’ll be on every other call like, “man, what did I miss? Can you send me the summary directly so I can like study it and take notes? I’m like, wow. Some of our clients get really invested and find a lot of value in just the weekly coaching calls. And some of our clients– like we’ve got a group of them that show up to every single one.

[00:14:36] Jason Hull: Oh, I love those clients. I love the ones that they just, they show up to everything and they do everything that we say and they just get, they get the best results. They’re like… they’re the best. Like if I could just have all those kinds of clients, I would just have those and everybody would be rich. We would make tons of money. They would make tons of money. But yeah, I love clients that just do what I say. 

[00:15:03] Madi Sleight: No, it’s true. And it’s nice to watch them, especially like from beginning to end. Sometimes they come in a little bit skeptical, like Jon Schmitt. I remember in the beginning he seemed a little stubborn. I dunno, he was intimidatingat first. But when I got on that interview with him last– or a couple of weeks ago, he was the most excited and he was just going on and on about how much value he got out of the program and how he just decided to do what you said. And so he got the results and he’s now like one of our biggest cheerleaders, he and Sonia and Alex come on the call and Alex as well, his son, Alex is always mentioning how much he’s learning. He takes notes and he’s learning and he wants to quit his day job and start taking over the property management business.

[00:15:47] And that’s really cool to watch because I’ve been on and I’ve been able to watch a lot of the clients’ journeys from beginning to now.

[00:15:58] Jason Hull: Yeah, you have, and you have a perspective or a lens through which you get to see the business that nobody else has because you’re watching these videos over and over again, probably while you’re editing them and piecing together, and you’re like keeping track of different clips where they share wins on different calls, and then you’re taking these together. So you get to see their entire journey in collapsed time. And so that’s interesting. 

[00:16:24] Madi Sleight: Well, I almost get like emotionally attached to these people that I’ve never met. You know, I’ve seen through a Zoom screen every week and I’m just quietly sitting there not talking back and I’m just recording them. Sometimes when I’m watching them and piecing together, putting music to their story and cutting out some “ums” or “and yeah”s or “and so”s and like putting together this really impactful video, sometimes I get emotional. I’m like, “wow, I’m so proud of them.” You know, they came so far and it’s so cool because I almost feel like I get to know these people on a personal level.

[00:17:00] Jason Hull: Yeah, I mean for me, it’s super rewarding to see clients winning and succeeding. Like it’s worth more than money and getting paid to do what I do and to be just even a guide and seeing all the success in their journeys. It’s like really, I mean, it’s really amazing. I think it’s really amazing that I get to have this job. It’s crazy that I get paid to just help people win, which is really awesome. So we like any coach or any business, I’ve had haters. There’s people that just don’t believe like we’re real or think we just, maybe could be snake oil salesman or something like that. Maybe you could share with people what are you noticing clients are doing?

[00:17:44] Madi Sleight: I think the first thing that people who are skeptical or unsure need to realize is you’re not selling a magical cure. You know, they’re not going to go through the program and immediately they’re going to have knocks on their door being like, “Here, take my properties.” That’s not how it works. And you know, at first I thought when I first joined the business, I was like, “How can you make that guarantee? How does this work? You know, are you helping them with SEO, helping them get referrals, but really the program benefits those who put in the work.

[00:18:15] It’s not for people who are just going to watch the videos and then not do anything about it. In fact, most of the program is doing the work. The videos are almost just helpful content to get you going. The program is not the videos, but I feel like some clients come in and that’s what they think, but our most successful clients, our most excited, our most– I don’t know– just our best clients, the ones that get the best wins and successes. They just come in, they dive right into the content, they keep their three commitments. They put in as many hours of prospecting they can a week. They get right into it. They just do what you say. They attend the weekly coaching calls. They ask lots of questions. That is something that I’ve noticed is our best, most rewarded clients. They ask a lot of questions. They come on and ask where they’re stuck. They ask really good, insightful questions.

[00:19:07] And sometimes they’ll take up half the coaching call some of these questions, like 30 whole minutes or 40 minutes. We’ve been going over time a lot lately because we’ve been getting really good questions. And then they take what they learned from those calls and they just go implement it. 

[00:19:26] Jason Hull: Yeah, it’s true. Yeah, we spend a lot of time on those calls sometimes. And I love them asking questions. If they’re doing the work, they always have questions. And I see my goal as mentor or as coach to just help them collapse time, point them in the right direction, give them enough information to get them moving forward in the right direction and then kind of get out of their way. So the training material in DoorGrow Academy helps them collapse time, especially because it helps them avoid doing the wrong things. Most people are just doing the wrong things or they’re spending– every business owner is spending tons of time in their business, but they’re just focused on the wrong things. And so I think one of the greatest things I think that I provide is just clarity and helping them collapse time. So they don’t waste so much time doing the stuff that isn’t working.

[00:20:15] So they actually spend less time on the phones and less time talking to people overall. In relation to the amount of doors they’re acquiring than they would, if they were focused on SEO or pay-per-click or content marketing or social media marketing, or pay per lead services. This is all the stuff that people try to do. And then they come to us and we say, don’t spend any money on any of that stuff. In fact, you don’t even need to spend money, and we’ll get you growing faster, but it takes work. All of those channels take work. They all take time. 

[00:20:48] But none of them could help somebody like John Babiarz add, you know, how many doors has he added in what period? 

[00:20:58] Madi Sleight: Right now, our most updated testimonial, which is already out of date because you just had a call with him. He had hit around 200 in under a year of being in the program. 

[00:21:10] Jason Hull: 10 months, I think you put on the video? 

[00:21:11] Madi Sleight: 10 or 11 months. 

[00:21:13] Jason Hull: Yeah, that would be impossible with focusing on lead gen, typical internet based lead generation, like SEO, pay-per-click, content marketing. How many doors did he start at? I can’t remember.

[00:21:25] Madi Sleight: He said he started at 60 or 70. And so about six months into the program. I think he had doubled his portfolio. 

[00:21:35] Jason Hull: Yeah.

[00:21:36] Madi Sleight: Don’t quote me on that. Those dates could be wrong. 

[00:21:38] Jason Hull: I think I remember our first video used to run ads was 60. He added 60 doors in 11 weeks is what it said. And we just got lucky that he would mention how many he had added so far in the program, which inspired us to actually start tracking with clients, like keep them conscious of that. Like how many doors total, since during the program, have you added? So that we can monitor that and speed it up.

[00:22:01] But yeah. So that’s interesting. What else do you think people should know about. That don’t know me from a perspective maybe as my kid or as boss, but how would you describe me to other people? 

[00:22:15] Madi Sleight: I don’t know. it’s really interesting. You know, you’ve always kind of been out there in your beliefs or like what you’re interested in.

[00:22:25] Like, you tend to– and I mean this in the best way possible, you’re kind of like a nutjob. Like you go out, you love to read books and learn. You’re constantly on this like self-improvement grind. You’re always like learning new things and that’s something that you always, you’ve always been that way. You’ve always wanted to learn and try new things to figure out like, what’s the best way to do this? What’s the best diet to eat? What’s the best workouts? You’ve always kind of got that like innovative mindset in a way. You’re willing to try like out there experimental things if it’s working.

[00:23:00] And I think that also translates into business. Like I wouldn’t say that what we’re doing is crazy here at DoorGrow. I think what we’re doing is just something that helps businesses in general to thrive and to grow. But I don’t think anyone else is really doing it like DoorGrow is. I don’t think so.

[00:23:19] Maybe you would know better.

[00:23:20] Jason Hull: Probably not. 

[00:23:20] I don’t think anybody’s doing anything the way that we do it. Not, not exactly. That’s why all my trainings and with “secrets.” We’ve got special, unique ways that I’ve come up with of doing things they’re similar to what other people might do, but those little differences are where all the magic happens, I think.

[00:23:38] Madi Sleight: And I think in a way, you know, those kind of out there techniques in your personal life and in business, that’s something that benefits DoorGrow and is kind of what this whole thing is riding on is your unique perspective and take on these processes that help property managers add doors and scale their businesses.

[00:23:59] It all kind of comes back to you being just a little bit crazy, just a little bit.

[00:24:03] Jason Hull: A learning nut job. So yeah, I think one of the most common things I heard you and the kids say to me growing up is, “you’re weird” to me. 

[00:24:17] Madi Sleight: You are! And you were, you really were. 

[00:24:21] Jason Hull: So, what else would you describe about my personality? And then we’ll probably talk a little bit about you. 

[00:24:26] Madi Sleight: Well, another thing that I think kind of lends itself to the program and to DoorGrow, but it’s totally your personality is you’re very logical in thinking. You’re very like process oriented. And so you take that crazy and you mix it with this nerd. And then you get this person who can not only come up with these crazy ideas, but can implement them. Like you spend hours in AirTable, creating spreadsheets and processes and crazy like interconnected, intricate spreadsheets and databases. And I don’t know. I don’t know if I could do that, but you’re willing to figure that out. You think it’s fun and it’s ’cause you’ve kinda got that like nerdy side as well, but you’re very logical oriented and I think that helps our clients as well.

[00:25:15] It’s got pros and cons. You tend to think less emotionally and more logically. You don’t bullshit or beat around the bush. You tell our clients what needs to get done. You push them to succeed and you’re okay telling them the uncomfortable truth, even if they don’t want to hear it.

[00:25:33] Jason Hull: Yeah. That’s true. Do you think I’m too harsh? 

[00:25:36] Madi Sleight: Um, you know, there are times where it’s appropriate and times where it’s not. In your personal life, sometimes I’d be like, man, you’re just a robot. 

[00:25:45] Jason Hull: Personally, I’m probably too harsh sometimes..

[00:25:48] Madi Sleight: Sometimes you’re a little too logical. Me and my siblings come to you like, “oh my gosh, I’ve got this emotional problem.” and you’re like, “it’s okay. Just read a book. Here, take this book on self-improvement. And we’re like, “I just needed you to listen!” But I think your clients need to hear it, so. 

[00:26:09] Jason Hull: Yeah, I think I’ve gotten better with that over time that, I mean, I used to be really, really analytical and logical and truth was all that mattered, you know, so. But yeah, I think the challenge of that is you’re constantly bombarded by emotional challenges if you’re too logical. So I had to learn how to feel things and empathize more and more over the years. So I’m up there in years now, you know. 

[00:26:39] Madi Sleight: How old?

[00:26:39] Jason Hull: I think I turn 45 this year, so.

[00:26:42] Madi Sleight: You think? You don’t know?

[00:26:43] Jason Hull: Yeah, no, I do. I turn 45 this year, so. All right, so that’s enough about me. So let’s just talk a little bit about you. So how old are you turning tomorrow? 

[00:26:58] Madi Sleight: I’m turning 20. 

[00:27:00] Jason Hull: 20? And your birthday’s on 2/2/02. And you’re turning 20 on 2/2/22. 

[00:27:11] Madi Sleight: Yeah, it’s also Groundhog’s day. 

[00:27:15] Jason Hull: Oh, okay. So what what’s with the twos, Madi?

[00:27:19] Madi Sleight: I don’t know. It’s my lucky number. I was also married and I graduated in 2020, so. 

[00:27:25] Jason Hull: Yeah, a lot of people did not like that year. 

[00:27:28] Madi Sleight: You know what? It was okay I guess. I also did not like that year all the time, but hey, still the twos. Two is my lucky number. 

[00:27:40] Jason Hull: Yeah. So what’s next for you? Like you’re going to school now. You’re doing a little part-time with DoorGrow. What gets you excited about the future? 

[00:27:49] Madi Sleight: I don’t know. I’ve always been very future oriented, you know, even since I was a freshman in high school, I was getting 4.0 not because I want it to, or because anyone expected me to, but because I wanted to get scholarships for college and I accidentally became valedictorian by doing that. I was willing to give it to the other girl that was salutatorian. I literally said, she’s student body president. She can have it. They said it doesn’t work that way. I was like, okay. But I just wanted the scholarships. I was always very future oriented.

[00:28:23] And so I took a bunch of credits in high school, college credits. And so now I’ve kind of fast-tracked through college. It’s only my second year, but I’ve got junior standing. And so I don’t have a whole lot of college classes left to take, I don’t have very many semesters left and at this point in my college career, I’m not taking any gen ed courses anymore. I’m taking all the fun, you know, journalism and mass media courses, taking a lot of graphic design, a lot of media ethics. And right now, I actually applied and I made it onto the school’s national advertising competition team. So I’m working with a team of like nine or 10 other people right now, and we’re working on a creative brief sent to us by Meta for the Meta Quest 2 VR headset.

[00:29:13] Jason Hull: Formerly known as Facebook?. 

[00:29:14] Madi Sleight: Yeah, Facebook. You know, all that good stuff. And so I get to actually come up with a whole advertising campaign with this team and I was given the producer role, which basically means I get to boss everybody around, which is something I’m good at. I have been told. 

[00:29:29] Jason Hull: You are. You’re good at that. You used to boss around your siblings.

[00:29:32] Madi Sleight: I know, I know. And it’s a little bit of a control freak. But I think this role suits me really well and I’m able to help our two presidents and I work very closely with them and they’ve already decided that I talk so much that I’m going to be the one presenting in person.

[00:29:51] I guess I volunteered by talking a lot in our meetings. But no, I’m excited and this is something that I feel like will benefit my future, my resume. And I was very excited to be working for DoorGrow and getting relevant experience toward the field I’m going into, the digital design space or the desktop publishing, advertising sphere.

[00:30:14] So I don’t know. For a while, I feel like after I graduate, you know, Preston, my husband’s still going to be in school, and so he’ll still be going to school. So I’ll just be sticking around and working with DoorGrow full-time and will stay. 

[00:30:29] Jason Hull: Ooh, that’ll be cool. 

[00:30:30] Madi Sleight: I know you’re excited. He keeps trying to get me to drop out by offering me a salary. 

[00:30:39] Jason Hull: Yeah. ‘Cause I’m obviously a huge fan of college. I went to college, but I feel like nowadays it’s not really as useful as I don’t really even look at applicants’ college degrees. I really don’t. I just look at experience and skills. Some people do, but yeah, I would love to have more Madi in the business because it’s a good thing.

[00:31:03] Madi Sleight: After I graduate, I’m just going to be sticking around here, saving up money for whatever’s next. We’ve got a good area. We’re close to Washington advertising agencies and stuff like that. There’s lots of internships and possibilities. So I don’t know. I’m happy, you know, with what I do at DoorGrow right now, I wouldn’t mind branching out and trying new things when I go full time. But for now, I’m just excited to stay within this industry of, marketing, advertising, graphic design area and I like working from home.

[00:31:34] And so that’s something I’ve kind of gotten used to, but that’s kind of what’s next for me, I’m excited to keep taking classes at the university. It’s a small college the journalism and mass media college, we’re small. A lot of my classmates are the same in every class. A lot of my professors are the same, but they’re very experienced.

[00:31:52] A lot of them are experienced journalists and advertisers, marketers, PR people, know what they’re talking about, at least I think so. 

[00:32:01] Jason Hull: All right. So everybody’s like he’s throwing her some like easy, slow balls. What do you feel like is my biggest challenges or my biggest deficiencies or whatnot? 

[00:32:14] Madi Sleight: In the business or in general?

[00:32:17] Jason Hull: Oh, well either one.

[00:32:21] Madi Sleight: Well, I mean, like I said, it’s something that you’ve been working on and something that you’ve improved upon, but the emotional aspect was something that I personally had an issue with growing up, especially being the oldest, being very hard-headed and stubborn and also very emotional. All of your kids are very emotional.

[00:32:39] So that’s something that you’re going to have…

[00:32:43] Jason Hull: Yeah, I think of all of them, you’re the least emotional out of all of them.

[00:32:49] Madi Sleight: Which is funny because I’ve actually gotten more in tune with my emotions as I’ve gotten older, but I’m also just better at regulating, I think, than some of my siblings.

[00:32:59] Jason Hull: Yeah, perhaps yeah. I mean, you are the oldest. I’m also an oldest. Right. And I think there’s a sort of a personality type attributed to the oldest child. But yeah, I know that the things that I’ve always seen in you, the gifts that I see in you is that you have a really great memory. Like you remember like history from even when you’re really young, like you bring up stories and it sparks, like it helps me remember and I’m like, oh my gosh. I can’t believe she remembers that. Even when you’re a really young, it’s really quite weird. You remember a lot of details. I think also you would always take control. If there were a group of kids playing– we would go, I would take you to the community swimming pool, for example. And you would immediately just start meeting people and you would organize everyone into doing a game or doing something like you would immediately, you were taking charge. 

[00:33:50] And it wasn’t like something you were ever pushed to do, you just did it. You’re just driven to do that. You’re like, this is what I want. I want to have fun. And I want to be in charge and get everybody doing things and you would just do it. And every kid would then be playing and like doing what you wanted them to do. Even with your, you know, your sister right under you Hailey, you would tell her like– You would play games, which would be like some sort of role-play like pretending to do stuff.

[00:34:15] And you would tell her what to say. You’d be like, “I will have a blah, blah, blah. And then you say blah blah blah blah…” and then she would be like, “blah blah blah blah.” and she would just like, say it. Eventually, I think that wore thin.

[00:34:28] Madi Sleight: Yeah, she got sick of it real quick.

[00:34:31] Jason Hull: Eventually that wore thin. And she no longer tolerated that, but yeah, you would always like take charge. You were always really outgoing, like naturally, like talking to people and whatnot. And you were just, you were such a fun kid. You were just so fun. What was interesting about you growing up is you would just break out into song. You would make up songs while like, while we were driving or while we were doing things, you just sing about what you were seeing and what was going on. And it was really, really stinking cute.

[00:35:04] Madi Sleight: You want to know what’s funny? You want to know what’s really funny? So I remember that when I first came on at DoorGrow, you pulled up my DISC assessment. And you were like, “man, this is really interesting.” It’s something about like your natural or your taught personalities, you know? 

[00:35:19] Jason Hull: Yeah. your natural score versus your–

[00:35:22] Madi Sleight: like adapted.

[00:35:24] Jason Hull: Yeah your adapted score. 

[00:35:25] Madi Sleight: And you brought up something that was kind of unknown to me at the time that I was an adapted people pleaser, like my people pleasing score it was really, really high. I had been taught or expected to do that, but it was naturally pretty low. And that’s, been in the back of my mind for like the last year and a half. And that’s something that I’ve been working on. And as I’ve been like more myself and less worried about what people think… my poor husband. We have this inside joke. And I mentioned this when I was in Austin. The, “oh, is that your song? Is that your song?” Because I will be doing laundry or I’ll be cooking and I’ll be like, “it’s time to do the laundry. I’m doing the laundry going to fold some socks.” And like, I’ll just start– I’ll just start like singing and dancing and he’ll look at me and he’ll go, “is that your song?”

[00:36:12] I’m like, “that’s my song.” 

[00:36:13] Jason Hull: “That’s my song.” 

[00:36:15] Madi Sleight: So now that I’m like getting more into like my natural personality, I’m like reverting back to how I was, singing and dancing and coming up with stupid little jingles when I was a kid, So it’s really funny. 

[00:36:30] Jason Hull: It’s kinda like that inner child work. Like you’re just, you’re becoming more comfortable being that authentic version of yourself. It’s funny. Cause like I wrote songs, and I would make up songs all the time, like about things. Like sometimes the kids will still, like, if they’re making chicken nuggets, will sing “chicken nuggets.”

[00:36:49] Madi Sleight: I do that! I do “the chicken nuggets.” 

[00:36:52] Jason Hull: “I want eat chicken nuggets, I like to eat chicken nuggets.” 

[00:36:57] Madi Sleight: I do that every time. I can’t believe you remember that.. 

[00:36:59] Jason Hull: Yeah. I mean, as a parent, you’ve learned ways to get your kids inspired to do things because this is something that I learned a long time ago, but whenever we fail to inspire, we always control. And so it’s hard to control people. if it were easy, everybody would do it. I’m going to control everybody and make the world around me, do what I want. But there’s a lot less friction when you can inspire people to do it and song is sometimes a way to get kids to do things.

[00:37:24] So well. All right, cool. Is there anything else people should know? About you? About me? About DoorGrow? 

[00:37:33] Madi Sleight: I don’t know. I’m happy where I’m at. And I think as we’re growing our team, you know, we just hired Ashlee and she seems like a really good fit. And I get along with everyone on the team super well. We’ve got a good, fun dynamic, even Adam, you know, Adam’s a little more shy than Kyle.

[00:37:50] Kyle’s a little rambunctious. Yeah. No, everyone like fits really well. And I get along with everybody and I like the company culture. I thought originally, you know, I kind of had this like inner fear that working with my own dad would be a nightmare.

[00:38:06] Jason Hull: Yeah. 

[00:38:06] Madi Sleight: Yeah. That was something that I was worried about. But honestly, I think it’s been good because I don’t know how often we would get to communicate otherwise, but now we talk to each other on a daily basis. Sometimes I get sick of you. Sometimes I do. sometimes I’ll be in the huddle at [7:30] in the morning and I’ll be like, “I’m too tired for this,” but I think it’s helped us like grow together personally.

[00:38:28] And I also just learn a lot from you and from the business. And I think it’s a really good opportunity for me. 

[00:38:35] Jason Hull: Yeah. I love having you in the business because, you know, a lot of times parents– I feel like I have a lot of stuff that I know that I would like to get into my kids, but there’s not really a vehicle to do that, but getting your kid in business with you and in doing things because I want everyone on the team to grow, but of course I want my daughter to grow as well.

[00:38:56] And so, you know, it’s being able to see you develop and grow. Is even more rewarding, you know, for me. And it’s really rewarding to be able to share some of that stuff that’s in me that I would love all my kids to have, which are heavily connected to values and the things that I care about.

[00:39:19] And. You know, interacting and dealing with people and what’s effective and contribution and all the things that you’ve heard. Here’s what’s really genius about you that I should point out. So when you started doing social media posts, you had listened to some of my podcast and you’d listen to things. You’ve learned my voice, which is really weird. Like there’s AI software out there now, which we now can play with a little bit that actually can learn our voice and it can speak. And it can make the sounds that sound like me, right? There’s like an AI version of Joe Rogan out there. For example, it sounds exactly like them. It’s like a deep fake, like, it’s crazy. You can sound just like him and it’s AI, people can type in words and it can spit out someone else’s voice. Right. 

[00:40:03] You learned to pretty much do that by just watching the videos, but in text, right. So when you’re creating posts and content, every now and then I’ll read something I’m like, well, that’s kind of a little different than how I say it, but what’s really weird is most of the time I would see posts or things that you would post and I would look at it and then I would feel like I needed to like it because I was like, that’s great stuff. I love that. I mean, it’s silly that I love like things you’ve gotten from what I say, but I didn’t write it and I’m reading it going, “yeah. I resonate with this” obviously. And so it’s really funny. 

[00:40:40] And then I’m like, oh, that’s silly. I shouldn’t be liking my own stuff. That’s weird, but I didn’t post it, you know? So it’s really awesome to see that you were able to encapsulate the voice. How are you able to do that when other people haven’t?

[00:40:52] Madi Sleight: Well, the weird thing is I started out making this, like this kind of like a reservoir, like a doc of all these different quotes on all these different topics.

[00:41:00] So if I needed a caption for something about a topic, I’d look and I’d go, oh, and I’ll just copy and paste it. So I really did just– 

[00:41:08] Jason Hull: So you have a Jason’s quotes database? 

[00:41:11] Madi Sleight: I do, and I keep adding to it, but now I started off doing direct quotes and then I started like, “Hmm, I don’t like the way he said that. I feel like that’s inproper grammar” So I like tweak it a little bit. Yeah, no, “I feel that’s not the right word. I think he meant to say this.” And so I like put in little things that start tweaking it. And now what I do is I actually, like, I’ve gotten way more efficient and like more quick at getting social media posts out there.

[00:41:37] ‘Cause I’ll go into this reservoir. and I have pages and I know exactly where everything is and I’ll be like, “oh, this is a good line. I’ll throw that in there. This is also a good line. I’ll throw that in there.” you know, make something up as well to go along with it. It’s almost bad because we’ll be in the coaching calls and you’ll be talking about something and I’ll be like, “I could regurgitate this quote on this topic because you’ll be trying to say it and I’ll be like, “I know exactly what he’s trying to say.” because you’ve said it before. One thing that’s helpful is your views on a certain topic, like let’s say SEO, or referral partners or this or that, you say mostly the same things about the same topic in most of our calls. And so I kind of picked up on that.

[00:42:23] And so even if I don’t have something in my beautiful reservoir, I just know what you would say. Like, I dunno. 

[00:42:30] Jason Hull: You’ve heard me talk so much and heard me say so much, you know. I’ve worked with some coaches and mentors. I had one coach I worked with for like three years and it got to the point where on calls. I knew what he would say. Like, I could answer the question for people on his behalf. Yeah. So do you think you could coach clients? Do you think that’s something that you could do? You’d be like, I know what Jason would say. This is like, what he would say. 

[00:42:52] Madi Sleight: Well, it’s funny because when I was doing like the client outreach for a little bit, you know, messaging all of our clients every week, sometimes I’d get a question and I would be able to confidently answer it. And other times, more rarely I would send them over to you but because I know your viewpoint on most of the things– and that also helped when I was doing sales followup, because I started off and they’d ask me questions, like “how much does the program cost? What do you do?” And I couldn’t confidently answer.

[00:43:17] But now I can. And I don’t think I’m to the point where I could take over the weekly coaching calls yet. I think I need to go through our program kind of like what Ashlee’s doing right now. And like actually go through, take notes and become more familiar with the content of the program itself. But I don’t think I’m too far behind that honestly because I listen to you for an hour, twice a week, plus meetings and huddles. And I post to your personal and to our business, social medias every single day. And I’m looking at your quotes every single day. Every time I’m creating social media content, I’m going through. “Hmm. You know, what’s a good topic for this post.””

[00:44:02] What’s something we haven’t, you know, put on social in a while.” and I look at your podcast episodes and see what kind of content you put up there. And so there’s a lot of information. If somebody wanted to impersonate you, I don’t think it’d be that hard. There’s enough information out there. 

[00:44:20] Jason Hull: There’s a lot out there..

[00:44:21] Madi Sleight: And the more that I consume just doing my daily tasks or weekly tasks, the better I get at, you know, mimicking your style, your voice on social media.

[00:44:32] Jason Hull: Cool. Yeah, I think it’s just really kind of weird to see when I see stuff that looks like I did it, but it’s actually you, but it’s like I did it, which is really strange. Cause I don’t remember doing it, which is the weirdest thing I’m like, “I don’t remember doing that, but that sounds exactly like something I would say.”

[00:44:52] Madi Sleight: Most of the time it is something you said. 

[00:44:56] Jason Hull: That’s why. Sometimes I don’t even remember saying some things. You’ll post something. I’m like, “that’s really good! Did I actually say that?” Yeah. So, all right. Well, I think this has gone on long enough, and I appreciate you coming on and being willing to do this and kind of share your perspective on me.

[00:45:16] And I think it’s probably fun for everyone to hear a little bit about you. 

[00:45:20] Madi Sleight: I think that the people listening to this podcast should go check out our socials. You know, we don’t get a ton of engagement. We’ve been getting higher numbers. I’ve checked the percentages. They’ve gone up. We’ve gained more followers, but I think our social media content is pretty good. So if you could go check it out, that’d be really great. You’re gonna find a lot of regurgitated quotes from my dad, but a lot of it’s good information, especially for property managers. If you’re like struggling to grow doors or feel like you’re stuck at a roadblock or you can’t scale your business, there’s a lot of little tidbits of sneak peaks of what we kind of talk about in the program on our socials, lots of short paragraphs.

[00:45:57] Little things, I take little gold nuggets from your podcast and put them on socials. So I think that’s something that could be nice for someone to get into if they don’t have a lot of time to listen to your podcast or to do a ton of research on DoorGrow, 

[00:46:13] but also go check out our YouTube channel and our clients success videos. I’m going to be posting more this week as I get them refined to make some revisions and get them up there. We’ve got some really awesome client wins and people should expect a lot more client success videos in the coming year and in the next few months, especially because I’ve got a lot of content to get up there and to get out to people so we can show off how awesome our clients are.

[00:46:42] Jason Hull: Yeah. I just got to get you to quit college and make videos full-time so I can get more of them out of you faster.

[00:46:52] Madi Sleight: I’m too far in, at this point. I just gotta finish it. You don’t have to wait that long. I promise I will work full time when I graduate. 

[00:47:05] Jason Hull: Well, I’m looking forward to the time where you can go full time. Cause that’d be awesome and Madi, I love you. I adore you. A dad couldn’t have had a better first kid and you were just, you’ve always been so fun. You always get my jokes and I really appreciate having you in the business. And thanks for coming on the podcast. 

[00:47:26] Madi Sleight: Yeah. I don’t know. I love working for DoorGrow and I like working with you, believe it or not. 

[00:47:32] Jason Hull: I believe it. All right. And I think everybody else listening does too well, everybody else, I appreciate you hanging out with us. This is about an hour, this will be a long episode. And until next time to our mutual growth bye everyone.

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About Jason Hull

Jason's mission is "to inspire others to love true principles." This means he enjoys digging up gold nuggets of wisdom & sharing them with property managers to help them improve their business. He founded OpenPotion, DoorGrow, & GatherKudos.