Freedom of time, money, relationships, and purpose is what we all want. Property managers, realtors, and investors help clients build wealth through real estate.
Today, I am talking to Steve Welty, owner of Good Life Property Management business and podcast. He enjoys meeting amazing people and indoctrinating listeners with his philosophies.
[03:23] Stop whining about solvable issues, such as online reviews to get warm leads.
[04:41] Steve surfs to success with Good Life Property Management.
[06:43] Podcast Passion Project: Do content for content’s sake; add value to people’s lives for opportunities and connections to come your way.
[10:19] Don’t lose focus on why and what fires you up; limit time and effort spent on your business to achieve outcomes.
[15:00] Purpose of Business: Not to make money; build a business that makes money.
[16:25] How to be happy: Create momentum for other people to gain momentum. If you wish to become great, learn to become the servant of many.
[18:12] Zig when they Zag: Success outside outsource sandbox to reduce costs.
[18:55] Results-based Biz: Hire young, smart, motivated people and leave them alone.
[19:31] Big Issues, Big Success: More people can lead to more problems; paint a compelling vision to keep good people and let them do what they want to do.
[20:10] Move Out and Outwork Others: Create freedom of time and money by hiring CFO or profit first coach/accountant to offer advice, not control over finances.
[26:10] Value-add Revenue Sources: If you don’t charge for it, you’re doing it poorly.
[28:25] Opportunities in Other States/Markets: Pop-up shops to buy cash flow property.
[29:05] To Die List and Time Study: Procrastination problem property managers and owners experience.
[35:00] Barriers/Protections: Teach team and customers how to treat and reach you.
[37:35] Opinions vs. Observations: Co-creation/coaching is transformational and transactional superpower that changes lives.
[46:45] Give up control and allow people to fail, or you create an unsafe business.
[52:30] What Matters: Million ways to get to end results and outcomes.
[54:05] Hire and Fire: Center on core values; be reliable, positive, and go-giver (RPG).
[57:10] Epiphany: Everything worthwhile lives on the other side of fear.
[1:03:05] Money is one side of it. Easiest decision to make is to be a different person.
Jason: Welcome DoorGrow Hackers to the DoorGrow Show. If you are a property management entrepreneur that wants to add doors, make a difference, increase revenue, help others, impact lives, and you are interested in growing your business and life, and you’re open to doing things a little 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.
At DoorGrow, we are on a mission to transform property management businesses and their owners, we want to change 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.
Today’s guest, I’m really excited, we’re hanging out with Steve Welty. Steve, welcome to the DoorGrow show.
Steve: What’s up Jason? Good to be here.
Jason: Steve and I were reminiscing. I saw Steve at a broker owner conference, the very first one I went to several years ago and we were sitting at the same table and I guess I said hi to you and we were chatting it up.
Steve: Yeah. It’s funny, I remember that day very vividly and it’s interesting because I have a very poor memory. You were the mysterious man behind me and you were dressed really nice.
Jason: I don’t dress nice anymore. I’m too lazy now.
Steve: Yeah, you’re just soaking it all, but we were talking before the show, was that really one of your first conferences?
Jason: That was the first conference I’d gone to, yeah. My dad had just started property management business. He’s got maybe about 200 doors now, but he had just started a property management business. He had been a hospital administrator for 30 years or something and he said, “I’m going to do what Bryan’s doing and start a property management business.” My brother has got maybe 1000 doors or something like that and he is out of Orange County. Not too far from you down San Diego. He thought, “Bryan’s doing it, maybe I could do this too.” He decided to become an entrepreneur.
Caught the bug. It’s been fun to watch that, but I was like, “Dad, let’s go do this. I want to see what happens there. The only way I can go is if I’m with you, you’re a broker owner.” I was his director of marketing and I was just the fly on the wall for Orange Tree Property Management, just checking out what goes on a broker owner. I just want to see what happened there.
It was challenging for me though because the entire time I’m hearing people talk about problems, and challenges, and I’m just biting my tongue the whole time. I’m like, “I could solve that challenge. I can help with that.” I just had to sit there and be quiet. I’ve even got a text message from one of my clients that was sitting in the room and he said, “I’ll bet this is just killing you right now,” I texted him back, “You have no idea.” It was just really funny to hear people whining about stuff that I think is solvable.
Steve: What was something out of all those issues you’re biting your tongue about that you can reflect on today.
Jason: Now you’re interviewing me.
Steve: I’m interested to hear that.
Jason: I remember one of the things that really killed me was people were like, “How do you deal with your online reviews? How do you get more positive online reviews?” We have our system GatherKudos, and we have coaching material around that that we’d go through with clients to figure out how to identify peak happiness, leverage a lot of reciprocity, how to get more reviews, how to build a system in your business as part of your onboarding process with new tenants so you get more reviews. I think that’s a better system to have than even most marketing systems, because that creates warm leads. I was just sitting there listening to them talk and some of the ideas were, “We’re okay, we’re good,” but I was like, “This is so solvable.”
Steve: Reviews are still a big issue, six years later or whatever it is.
Steve: People still can’t figure it out. It’s tough. I still try to figure it out on a daily basis.
Jason. Yeah. Cool. Steve, you’ve got an awesome property management business. You’ve got your own podcast that you do. You’ve got a lot of stuff going on. Help my audience understand who you are and give us a little bit of background on Steve, your adventures in property management, and how you got into it.
Steve: For sure. I graduated from San Diego State 2005 and stayed in construction for a little while. I was working with constructions in college, just bumming around, surfing, and doing whatever I was doing. Got my real estate license finally and did some deals 2006-2007. I hear a lot of stories like this, it’s like 2006-2007 sales, all of our sales, we should start a Facebook group for sales guys that flamed out, well I think it is, it’s probably called than NARPM of Facebook group. It seemed like everyone has that story.
I made some nice checks in sales and I thought I was great, and then I became broke very fast. I was 26-27 and I was broke. I was applying for any job that I could get and I went to work for a French entrepreneur in Carlsbad as a personal assistant. He wanted someone to manage his property manager that had a real estate license because he didn’t trust his property manager.
Jason: Okay, so you were the spy that was going to monitor whether he was doing his job or not.
Steve: Yeah, most managers hate it when the owner micromanages you. Imagine a realtor micromanaging you. I was like, “Yeah, I can do that,” I never managed anything in my life, but I figured it out and worked with him. He actually taught me some great business lessons looking back, but two years in, it was very stressful working for him. He was not the nicest guy, but he did teach me a lot and then I went out on my own with a business partner at the time. We decided, “Hey, let’s start our own management company and just got it enough off the ground to allow me to quit my job, be on property management with my partner I think in 2008. We grew that until about 2012 and then we decided to part ways. I started Good Life in 2013 and then been doing Good Life ever since.
I started the Good Life Property Management podcast which has nothing to do with clients, nothing to do with getting new customers. It was really a passion project and something I learned out of that was that I encourage people to do content for content’s sake if their heart tells them to do that. A lot of times we try to figure out, “Well, how am I going to monetize that?”
I remember when I asked Brad Larson, I think he was one of the first people to do a podcast that was a property manager. I was like, “What are you doing this for?” and he was like, “Oh, it’s fun,” I was like, “It didn’t make any sense, you’re wasting time.” When you add value, like Gary V—a lot of people have really put this in the forefront—when you add value to people’s lives, opportunities come your way, connections come your way.
I have so much fun doing the Good Life Property Management podcast and we serve the same community you serve which is property management entrepreneurs. I don’t run ads. I have ran ads in the past, but I don’t anymore. I don’t necessarily get anything out of it other than just meeting cool people and getting to indoctrinate my listeners with my philosophies which are really along the same lines in a lot of ways as you, Jason. I really resonate with your manifesto in a lot of ways, so that’s cool. That’s it.
I’m big into music. I do a lot of music. Steve Welty, I’m on Spotify and Apple, and that’s my passion. I’m going more and more into that. Also, we have tried mastermind for property management entrepreneurs to max out their business and life. That’s what’s up for me.
Jason: Cool stuff. I think we have a lot in common. Not only are we both California guys. A lot of people listening may not know this, but I had a band in college. I wrote all the music, I played guitar. I didn’t know I was an entrepreneur then. I didn’t know that was in my blood, but I was the guy going door-to-door with a guitar and a clipboard pre selling CDs at girl’s dorms that I could fund to self-produce an album, and I was playing music.
Steve: That’s […].
Jason: I know, it was pretty crazy. The album is on SoundCloud if people are searching for it.
Steve: Let’s check it out, what’s it called, how can we find it?
Jason: My username on SoundCloud is my username everywhere, which is KingJasonHull, and the album is called Whimple, that was the name of my band.
Steve: I love it. I think you told me that a while back, but I forgot, but I’m really fascinated with that because that was my story, too. I was a songwriter. That was hustle. I give you street credit like going dorm-to-dorm, playing for chicks, that’s pretty cool. I thought I was going to be a rock star. That was my deal, but it’s so funny looking back. I didn’t even practice. I just thought I have the natural talent and I used to drink a lot so I was probably delusional.
I had this moment, this crossroads where I was like, “Okay, you’re not going make it,” I’m not going to be okay being older and broke, so I’m going to go on a business route. I just gave up music completely, and then I was in a strategic coach workshop. I have given it up five or six years and I met this entrepreneur. I was telling him about my story. I was like, “I don’t really play music anymore,” and he’s like, “Oh, that sucks.” I’m like, “Yeah, it does suck.” Then he’s like, “Well, you have a guitar in your office don’t you?” and I was like, “No.” He’s like, “Well you’re the boss, aren’t you?”
Jason: I can see it right behind you.
Steve: Yeah, right now I do it. He’s like, “You’re the boss.” I’m like, “Yeah.” He’s like, “Well, why don’t you try this, try just putting a guitar in your office. Just make a commitment to picking it up once a day even if it’s for one second.” It really resonated with me because I had given up a part of myself that was really important because I think a lot of time as business owners, we just get so focused on like, “We got to make this company work,” and we’d lose focus of why and what fires us up on an internal level.
I did that and that about two years ago, fast forward to today, I’m putting many hours a day into music, into song writing, into recording, into building my audience and it’s helped my business so much because when you limit the amount of time that you’re in your business, you can only do the things that you’re really good at and so that’s what I’m really passionate about, is figuring out how can I achieve an outcome with the least amount of effort possible.
Jason: Yeah, because when we add limitation or constraint, it creates the byproduct of limitation or creating a constraint is it creates a necessity for innovation. If you have unlimited amounts of time, unlimited amounts of money, unlimited whatever, there’s no innovation because it’s so easy to be lazy. It’s so easy to just let things unfold in a different way, but when we have some time constraints or we have some financial constraints, we have to get creative and that’s where the genius starts to come out, that’s where new ideas start to come out.
I’ve noticed that even with team members, if I say “I need this done by this time,” they get creative or if I need this done under this budget, they get creative, then they start to innovate. If I say, “Yeah, do it whenever, take as much time as you want, spend as much money as you want,” there’s no innovation. They’re just going to go towards whatever seems easiest, which is the status quo.
Steve: Yeah, you nailed it. I’ve been really interested in constraints. I had a son, my first child, he’s six months old, Myles, and I was encouraged by a friend of mine. He said “Take 30 days off, Steve,” he’s like “It’ll be the best thing you ever did for your business. Don’t check in, don’t do anything. Take 30 days off. Be with your son.” It was in December, so it was like the perfect time and so I did that, and man he was right. It really levelled up my business, my team got way better. They were already good, but just putting these things into place that force you to grow. That 30 days off was huge.
Next year I’m planning a 60-day trip to another country that I’m really passionate about using that. I even got my operations manager. He doesn’t work out of the office anymore. I moved out of my office a long time ago because when you’re in the office, you are often the bottleneck for your company and everyone comes to you for the answers and the solutions. I really grabbed on to that concept and constantly looking for new ways to use constraints to my advantage.
Jason: I love it. It’s been awhile since I’ve told the client to do this, but a lot of clients will ask questions like, “How do I become a business owner instead of my own best employee?” I would tell them, “You just start doing it. You take a vacation.” If you schedule a week-long vacation, if you’re not taking vacations, for those listening, you schedule week long vacation and you can’t take off a week, you’re going to have to figure out how to make everything not fall apart for that week. To go 30 days, that’s incredible, 60 days is ridiculous, that’s pretty awesome. At that point, you’ve arrived as owner of the company instead of being your own best employee.
I noticed when I would take off time or vacation, I would be surprised by how my team would step up. I’d be surprised by the things leading up to that vacation, more would get done than would get done sometimes in months. There are so many little things that you need to get dialed in. “Oh my gosh, they’re going to be gone for a week. How are we going to live without Jason? We got to get this.” My team would say, “Hey Jason, I need this,” or, “I need to access to this,” or, “I need to know how to do this.” Suddenly everybody’s rallying around this idea of taking some stuff off your plate because they need to be able to make sure things don’t break and it creates the possibility for you to do that more or forever.
Steve: Yeah, and I think its baby steps. I remember when I first read the four-hour work week. I thought Tim Ferriss was a god. I was like, that makes no sense.
Jason: Did you almost move to Thailand?
Steve: Close, but no, it was just really interesting. I guess from a personal level, having time was even more appealing than being a billionaire I guess to me personally. When I see people like Todd Breen and other people talk at NARPM that would talk about running your business from the beach or not is just very appealing to me. I wanted to grow a self-managing company and it was baby steps.
There’s this book called Making Money is Killing Your Business and they say it really why. It says the purpose of the business is not to make money, it’s to build a business that makes money, like time and money equals wealth. Your business should throw off time and money. Now, if you want to then use that extra time to just pour more time in your business, doesn’t mean you got to go live on a beach. You could do other adventures. For me, what’s really worked and what I’m super blessed to have now is that it’s created space in my life to actually start cultivating the other things that light me up, like music, other things. It gives you those options, but that’s what I think in our industry especially in a lot of industries, we want to help people, help them anyway we can to experience that.
Jason: They say, “What the world needs is people that are alive” I think as entrepreneurs that’s where we feel. We want momentum. That’s what we crave. The rest of the world, they’re just trying to figure out how to be happy. “If I could just be happy then everything would be great.” It’s whether they’re happy or sad, depressed or excited, but for entrepreneurs, I feel like our two speeds are momentum or stuck, that’s it. It’s momentum or overwhelm. We either feel like we’re in complete overwhelm, we’re stuck, we can’t move forward or we’re frustrated, or were on fire and alive. That’s my version of happy or sad. I want to feel like I’m in momentum and I feel like as entrepreneurs, we get momentum when we give it away. When we create momentum for other people, whether it’s our clients or the people in our family, the people around us, when we’re creating momentum for other people, we get that sense of momentum, too.
Steve: Yeah, and that’s something I resonate with and I’ve heard you talk about it Jason. I love that message. I really think that the blue ocean is caring about people more than anyone else, like proactively putting the people in your life in the forefront, figuring out, “Who do I want to be a hero to?” and being a hero is usually used in a reactive way.
Jason: Right, like there’s a crisis or a problem, now you’re going to be a hero.
Steve: Right, as opposed to being a proactive hero like spending time and saying, “Okay, who are the most essential people or buckets or groups of people in my life and how can I serve them more deeply and impactfully today,” because the best quote of success I’ve ever heard is something like become a servant of many. If you wish to become great, learn to become the servant of many.
I sometimes get a little jaded in certain groups because you constantly hear the feedbacks, the reduce the cost, the get it all out sourced. I use VAs, I look to reduce cost, I look to get fair fees, so I’m not knocking that, but everyone’s playing in that sandbox. I’m very interested in seeing what is everyone else doing and how can I do the opposite because that’s one of the ways to become successful that I’ve learned is that you go zig when they zag. That’s cliché.
You can’t do that when you’re buried in tenant complaints and one-star reviews and a team you have to micromanage. I’m a big believer in hiring young, smart, motivated people and leaving them alone. We’re a results-based company at Good Life. You can work from home, you could bring your dog, although actually our manager of our building said we can’t anymore. I don’t really care, with the exception of a couple like the front desk needs to be there in case someone walks in and things like that, but do your thing. There’s a great podcast I heard yesterday on how I built this with Guy Raz where the owner of Patagonia wrote this book called “Let Them Go Surfing” and it’s all about that.
I think our biggest issues once we get to a certain size is people problems, and then we don’t know why we can’t keep good people, it’s because we don’t paint it in a compelling vision. We micromanage. We don’t let them do what they want to do. We try to fit corporate bureaucracies into the more entrepreneurial company that people want to be a part of these days. Would you rather follow just checklists and not have a future or would you rather be able to create your own future? Like I tell my team, “You can become anything with me. The sky’s the limit wherever you want to go.” So, I think those are big parts of success.
Jason: That’s really what we’re talking about today. The topic is freedom of time, money, and relationships through better business practices. What are some of the practices that you’ve implemented at Good Life that you feel like you’ve created more freedom of time and money?
Steve: It starts with the business owner and probably a series of game changers. The first was moving out of my office. I had this epiphany and I was taught this by someone and I told the team, we had a meeting, I said, “I apologize. I’ve stood in the way of you guy’s future and I apologize for it. When I’m here, I’m the bottle neck. I’m stunting your growth. You can come to me for all the answers,” and the fact is as entrepreneurs if you serve 100 people and say, “Where do you do your best work?” nobody says at their office, who does the best work at their office? Why are we working out of our offices? It’s just because that’s how it’s always been done.
I kicked myself out. I don’t have a desk at my office on purpose. I used to have the stereotypical nicest office in the corner with the best view, and then it freed up so much space, it helped my team grow. Once I created that space, now I work out of my home, and the first key to greater time, money, and purpose is to create space I believe, for yourself. I came from a place where three or four years ago, my dad always taught me outwork everyone else. I remember one time he came to visit me at a college and he asked me how much I was working, I said about 60 hours a week. He’s like, “60 hours? I work 60 hours, I’m retired. What the hell is wrong with you?”
Jason: Step it up Steve.
Steve: Yeah, and it’s great. I love my dad. His work ethic was the reason I’m here today, because it got me to that. There are seasons of life. I knew there had to be a better way, so when I’d made that decision to move out of my office, I said, “Hey, you guys are going to have a bigger opportunity to move up now.” Some of the other things we did was hiring an operations manager. That was huge. That created space and that was something I look forward, and it took me probably eight or nine months to pull the trigger on that, but the operations manager was huge.
Slowly but surely, I went from just being stressed out all the time, not having any space in my life. An over-scheduled entrepreneur has no time to transform. I said, “Alright, I’m going to create some space,” and then all the ideas and all the answers start bubbling to the surface because spiritually we all have all the answers inside of us, just we’re so distracted and so just going that we don’t allow it.
Jason: We’re preloaded, we’re in fight or flight, we’re up in our monkey brain, and all the great things, our greatest geniuses as an entrepreneur can’t bubble up or can’t come through when we’re in that state.
Steve: Exactly, and so that’s time that just forced me to get more time because as an entrepreneur, you can make that decision.
Jason: We’re buying time. Every person that we pay on our team, we’re buying time. That’s what we’re buying. I think the mistake we make as entrepreneurs, a lot of entrepreneurs I see, they go hire based on an org chart. They don’t hire based on what they personally need in order to off load or get themselves out of the things that they don’t really energetically enjoy. You getting an operations manager if you’re a visionary entrepreneur is brilliant, because that’s like the yin to the yang. It’s the exact opposite personality type of the driven entrepreneur is to have somebody that is systems-minded, process-minded, and that can make sure everything’s running. Generally, us entrepreneurs, we’re terrible managers. We think we’re great at everything, but we’re really terrible managers and usually the operations manager is much better at making sure everything runs smoothly.
Steve: It’s hard to take off or get more time initially if you don’t have the money. The money component is important. I went on a Mastermind trip to Mexico a few years back with a handful of people and we looked at everyone’s P&L and that was one of the biggest game changers for me was not only understanding my numbers. I think everyone needs a CFO at least part time or at least some outside eyes on the business is so important.
Jason: I have a profit first coach and accountant. I’m not really a big fan of having a CFO in a business. Usually, my take on it is every story I’ve heard of embezzlement or of challenges it’s always like the CFOs, and so they’re also the crusher of all hopes and dreams. I don’t want somebody making too big of decisions there personally, but I want to be coached, and I want to have input and I want to have insight from a third-party perspective, but I don’t want them to have control over my stuff.
Steve: Totally. I get that. I don’t have a CFO, we use a profit coach.
Jason: Yeah, similar thing.
Steve: Right, but I found that I wasn’t going to build a business I thought I was going to build because I’m a feel guy. Like I learn by doing. Does this feel right and I’ll make a decision, but I make decisions very quickly. I’m a high quick start, so I’ll make 10 decisions, eight will be bad, two will be great but in the same time that someone else makes one decision. I sometimes can stay a step ahead, but I had to add some revenues and I wanted them to be value-added revenue sources where everyone was a win-win-win, so things like doing inspections better in charging for them. When you don’t charge for something, you usually do them poorly. Every manager that doesn’t charge for inspections, I guarantee 90% of you are behind on your inspections.
Jason: Let’s say that again. I like that concept. If you don’t charge for it, you’re probably doing it poorly.
Steve: Right. I’m a believer in this. Just take inspections for example. You go survey people around NARPM or any property management group and everyone’s behind on their inspections so they don’t do them right. We send a letter to our clients. We said, “Hey, inspections are actually really important. This is when we identify how well the tenant is taking care of the place is when we get out in front of preventive maintenance and it needs to be done well, so we need to hire someone to do this full time and we want to invest in this X amount we charge. It’s going to probably save you three times at least that amount by getting out in front of some of this stuff,” so that was a win-win and our clients loved it.
Maybe they didn’t want to get charged initially, but once they saw the improved inspection, once they saw the improved communication and results, that was a big win. Then just some other ones that we added in. I think you got to keep the investor fees-friendly. The worst thing we can do as managers is fee our owners to death and they’d get out of the business.
Ultimately, the freedom of time, money, relationships, and purpose is what we want, but it’s a human need. It’s what your clients want, too. So, we have a unique position as property managers, realtors, and investors ourselves in a lot of cases to help people build wealth through real estate. You’re a manager and you make it easy, because if you don’t make it easy, they burn out and they sell, but if they hold that house specially in San Diego for 30 years, that’s all you have to do and you’ve set your family up for life. They burn out, so we have a big position, a big part to play here.
Jason: I love it, and I love that it’s like a mantra, having others build through real estate, and ultimately what property managers could be allowed towards doing. It’s not just managing a property. If your interests are in line with theirs, which that’s their goal. Their goal is to build some wealth, otherwise, why would they be holding on to that property.
Steve: Exactly. There’s different ways to do that. Right now, we’re looking at some other states to buy cash flow property and figure out how to have our owners follow us into some of these other markets. I think with technology these days, that’s what all the venture people are doing, how to just pop up shops anywhere. That’s something that’s exciting to me right now because in San Diego it doesn’t make sense to buy an $800,000 house that rents for $2800. We’re sitting on some stuff when the market turns for San Diego, but yeah, there’s different opportunities out there.
Jason: Alright, cool. What should we talk about next?
Steve: You know what I’m interested in? I actually thought of this today, and there’s some things I’ve been thinking about doing that I procrastinate on. You know the saying…
Jason: I think every business owner can say that.
Steve: I know right?
Jason: I call it the to-die list. We all have to do list of stuff. Just last week, I have my weekly commitments and I realized I was carrying all of these things over from week-to-week. I’m the guy that says to my clients, “If there’s anything on your to do list for more than two weeks, you’re not the person that should be doing it.” That’s the problem. Yes, we all tend to do that as entrepreneurs. We tend to hold on to things instead of finding the right person to do them or giving it up somebody else.
Steve: That’s so true.
Jason: Talk about the to die list.
Steve: Yeah, the to die list. I was thinking about this today. Two examples of things I have been procrastinating on. One, I don’t want to answer email, anymore. I literally want to have email leave my life. I have gotten email down to just like 10 minutes a day at the end of the day, have an assistant, but literally that is still bugging me. I once got this really inspiring auto responder from this really smart cool guy, let’s see if I can find it.
Jason: I don’t deal with email anymore?
Steve: He said, “Thank you for your message. Perhaps you are overwhelmed by email. In fact, last year I sent 43,742 emails, read and review countless more so in order to serve our stakeholders much more efficiently, I have asked my highly capable assistant that’s in New York to review, assign and reply all my email request moving forward,” and then it says some other stuff.
That’s something I want to do, but it’s big and scary, and yeah, I know I’ll probably have to respond to some emails, but I’m talking about eliminating it more. I’m like, “Why don’t I just try that? Why do I have to make this decision I procrastinate on forever? Why don’t I just try that?” I think it comes back to we don’t want to fail like that, we’re always raised with, “There is no try, it’s to do or die,” or whatever. You don’t try, you either do it or you don’t, but it’s like, “Why can’t I just try that? I have an assistant. Why don’t I run that for two or three weeks and see how it goes?”
The other thing and I’m sure you’ve probably thought of this, Jason, is like Gary V, having maybe a semi full-time person doing vlogs, recording not just every few days, like every day. I’m just sitting on that and I’m like, “Well, why don’t I just try it for like a freaking month?” I think there’s so much possibility with that and I wanted to see what you thought because I’m like, “I don’t have to commit to it.” There’s so much stuff. Even hiring someone. I was thinking about hiring a GM or an operations manager for eight or nine months. What if I just said, “Hey, let’s try it.” I mean this isn’t Canada or some other places where I don’t think you can fire people. Try it, hire the person, and if it doesn’t work out, let them go.
Jason: Yeah. Let’s go back to the email and then we can go the other thing. Here’s how I identify stuff. I mentioned this on the previous episode, but I personally will do a time study probably about once a quarter and if I bring on a new team member that takes something off my plate, because how I identify what I need to get off my plate is by doing a time study. I have to be accountable. Where’s my time actually going and which things are low dollar an hour work, which things are things that I don’t enjoy.
I actually write a plus or minus sign next to each thing that I’m doing, whether it energizes me or it drains me, and then identify the things that are tactical or strategic, things that are self-care versus family time. I have a whole system, I take clients through for doing time studies. When I do this, that helps me get clarity for what I need to get rid of.
I gave up email a long time ago because I hated email. It was always a minus sign, it was always tactical, it was never like my hopes and dreams were coming true when I was writing an email. I don’t even look at my email. So, if you’ve emailed me, I’m sorry, I don’t look at it. My assistant will take care of the email. She reads it. If she has any questions, she sends me a message through a walkie talkie app, because I don’t want to type to her. She’ll send me a voice message through Voxer.
We use Voxer and I use it with coaching clients, she will send me a Voxer voice message and say “Jason, what do you think, how should we respond to this email. They’re asking this.” I say, “Just tell them this, this and this, but say it nicer than I just said.” Then she’ll take care of it, and she’s asking me questions throughout the day.
We also do daily huddles as a team and that’s usually where she gets most of her questions in. I say, “Is anybody stuck on anything?” She’s like, “Yeah, did you get my message about this?” “No, I wasn’t paying attention.” “Okay, what do you need?” I answer it and she can respond to the email for me. She’s gotten really good at understanding over time, she gets better and better at knowing my voice, knowing what I would say and she takes care of more and more and more. Every day she’ll give me a short list, “Here are the emails I don’t know what to do with. You need to take care of these,” and I begrudgingly will deal with them within a day or two.
That’s how it works. […] then I’ll talk with them and move them forward, but outside of that, usually she hands it off to my team or has somebody else in the team deal with it. If it’s support-related, I think most of my clients have learned that they’re not getting a fast response by coming to me directly. They get their best response by emailing our support email address or system and so I think every property manager needs to do the same. Initially, when you’re small you’re the guy. They probably have your cell phone number.
Tenants owners, everybody, and eventually you change your phone number and you create some barriers and protections, you have to educate and teach people how you want them to treat you, and you’re going to teach your customers what are the right channels and you have to teach your team what are the right channels. My days are pretty quiet.
Steve: I love that. That’s super inspiring. You fired me up even more and I love how you said it’s tactical. It’s very transactional-tactical. I want to be playing in the sandbox of transformational. I feel like I’m retired now because I do what I want and I’m blessed to say that. There’s been a lot of hard work behind that, but I’m to the point to where I’m not going to do stuff that doesn’t light me up and there’s a small subset of tasks like creating content—podcast is one of them—that I could do all day and I have endless energy for. That’s where I add the most value.
So, the bigger the impact on people that I can have is going to be when I’m fired up and passionate and not dragging off of email, but I think we don’t give ourselves permission to do that. You saying that, I’m all in now. I was 80% in, Jason, now I’m all in. I hope some listeners are all in to move forward.
That’s what I love about podcasts and other things with so much being shared these days. A lot of times we think things, or we know things internally, or we feel things a certain way, but we don’t give ourselves permission to actually say that or feel that in public because sometimes we just need someone else to say it to give us the courage.
I’ve noticed that happening so much lately that I finally got pissed, and I’m like, “You know what? I’m making a list of everything that I believe in whole-heartedly, that I think is a little off mainstream maybe.” That way I can have it in writing and I’m just going to start saying these things because I’m tired of being, “Oh yeah, and I felt that way, too,” but I never said anything.
Jason: I mention this on the previous episode, too, that I’ve been really opinionated in the past and I’ve realized that I think I’m a little more humble now that I realized my way isn’t always the exact right way for everyone, so I’m learning. I was just in Columbus for a week and one of the things that really hit me hard is that I’ve been really opinionated and I think it’s important to put out things more as observations rather than gospel truth. Somebody may love email or somebody may hate doing podcast stuff.
Everybody is different and I think everybody’s perception is different, everybody’s experiences as to what works or doesn’t work in marketing could be different, their market might be different. There are so many variables involved, so I think moving forward, my content is a lot more observational because I’ve realized I was attracting clients or creating monsters in the industry that are hyper-opinionated and the hyper-opinionated people become like, “Oh my God, […],” but the problem is they create a lot of negativity in the industry. They become the rampant […] guys that are heartless, that want to crush all the hopes and dreams of every tenant on the planet. We need to be careful in any business or any industry in being too opinionated because what ends up happening is we end up attracting most opinionated people. Those are the people that turn on you. Those are the owners you don’t want eventually. Those are the people that give you the negative reviews when one little thing goes wrong.
I want open minded people, and these are the clients that I’ve loved the most, but I was attracting less of them per capita because of the message that was so in your face. “This is the […], do this,” and I was just so strong willed that way and I realize now that that creates its own monster. I think it’s important to share though, honestly, these little things that we have, that are weird about is or that are woo-woo that we feel like the rest of the world will judge. To say. “This is me, this is how I am, this is my experience,” and yeah I think you when we let our freak flag fly, so to speak, there are people that run with it. As long as we’re not, “Hey, this is the gospel truth. This is the only way to do it,” we’re not going to turn off so much so many of the people that don’t resonate. They might go, “You know, Jason, that’s cool that you’re into that weird stuff, but I’m more of a practical guy and I don’t resonate with that, but I like a lot of the stuff you say.” If I say, “This is the only way to do it,” I’m forcing them to make a choice to go all in and do everything my way or the highway.
Steve: Your coach helped you nail that idea. I had that opposite issue. I think the issue for me was that I didn’t want to ever come off as opinionated. I’m scared almost having an opinion because I’m like, “Do your thing, man,” so I’m always quick to anything I believe in. I’m quick to say, “Do what works for you. This is just my journey. Do what works for you.” I think like attracts like and that’s a really cool observation that you started attracting all these opinionated people. The coaching thing, I love that you have coaches and you’re a coach yourself because the power of coaching has changed my life.
Strategic coach, I work with Jason Goldberg. Every time I have a call with him, I transform. It’s really crazy. If there’s one thing I’m super high on right now, it’s co-creation. Co-creation is the super power that nobody’s talking about and I’ve experienced it in many ways. First through music. Although I normally do music on my own and I’ll just write songs. When I get in the room with the right people, they don’t even have to be a great musician, it’s just that the energy. If we’re vibrating on the same frequency, things just come out so great.
I played with this rapper the other day. Two of our new songs are two of my favorite songs I’ve recorded in the past year. Back when I had a casual mastermind that we used to do, helping each other co-create, kick this process back to you, now you kick it back to me and blah, blah, blah, everything just accelerated. So, I think outside eyes on the business, coaches, casual masterminds, paid masterminds, whatever it is, I think the more we’re interacting with others and having a sounding board, the faster we’re going to get to where we’re going and the more transformative the experience will be.
Jason: I agree. To touch on that, every single person you’ll notice, everybody listening will know this is true. You can talk about it in terms of inner energy or spirituality or whatever, but every single person that you’re around brings out a different side of you. There are people that when I’m around them, I feel I’m freaking hilarious, I’m the funniest guy on the planet. They’re laughing at everything I say. It’s awesome. Then there’s people that I’m around that I feel I’m super mental, analytical, and logical. That’s how they perceive me and that’s what they bring out in me. And there are people that feel I’m this emotional sensitive person. My kids would probably say, “No, he’s Mr. Analytical.”
There are different people that bring out a different side to us. This is also why I have a strong introverted side. I need space away from people to reconnect with who I am and to make I’m me. I feel when we’re around other people, part of it is how they perceive and see us, brings that out in us, it allows us to be […] energy and yes absolutely there’s this connection and a certain combination of different people, or different energies, or different whatever that will create a different music.
You’ve got the Beatles, for example. These four guys came together and they created all kinds of interesting sounds and music that had a really strong impact and all them wrote songs […], but on their own, none of them really created as strong of a situation without the others. Just the energy between Paul McCartney and John Lennon was pretty magical.
Steve: Totally, and country artists or country songwriters write typically with at least two but usually three or four people in the same room. I think there’s parallels because I can speak from experience. I was constantly, with the exception of going to maybe two conferences a year, I was at the desk in my office, head down, genius with 1000 helpers, although I wasn’t a genius that is just a saying I’ve heard by any stretch of the imagination.
Jason: The emperor with no clothes.
Steve: Right, the fool with too much control, and that’s the thing now. I’m in charge, but I’m not in control and that’s self-freeing. It’s the people, my people that are awesome are in control and the cool thing now to get to the impact or the purpose part that is super firing me up these days is that I’ve gotten to a point now to where my job with Good Life is to take care of my team. It’s to figure out how can I make their lives better. How can I figure out, what are their dangers, their opportunities, their strengths?
Where do they want to be in three years? How can I cultivate that? How can I make it so all of them would run through a wall for me and take a bullet for me because if they would do that, they will treat my money like their money, my company like their company. The reason I started really researching how, I was like how does the military sail hundreds of 18-year-olds across the sea and set up forward military bases. It’s just mind boggling, and I read Extreme Ownership. It’s a great book, some other books, but you talk about decentralized command. The top gives them the mission and then that leader gives them the mission and then the lieutenant, I’m butchering correct words.
Jason: The hierarchy?
Steve: Yeah, the hierarchy, but they are allowed to come up with the game plan and the battle plan. One of my jobs at Good Life is to make it okay to fail. To be okay to test things and screw things up and get beat up over it.
Jason: Because if they’re afraid to fail, guess what happens? They start hiding crap from you. Then there’s all the secret stuff going on then there’s interoffice politics, there’s backbiting. People have to be allowed to fail and not feel they’re going to have their head chopped off. Otherwise, you have a business that’s unsafe for you.
I love the idea of you giving up control, I’ve given up control over my email. I don’t even know what’s getting sent out half the time, but I’ve created trust and I trust her. She’s very cautious in how she does it. I’ve given up my schedule. I was in Vegas last week, the week before that I think it was in Columbus, a week before that I was I think in Phoenix. I don’t choose anymore. My assistant, she’s like, “Here’s a speaking opportunity. You’re going to go speak here.” She sets up these podcast episodes, everything I’ve given up autonomy on my time, but I still blackout Mondays and Fridays so I can do some of the things I want and then I have my weekends, but you give up control.
The higher you move up in your business, the less control you have and the more you give to the people around you. I just do what they tell me to do. I show up. My job is to support them. I love what you were saying that you’ve transitioned because I think as we start out as entrepreneurs and we get our first few team members. We’re always asking the question and frustrated why can’t my team just do what I say. Then eventually we transition and we transform and evolve and realizing they are some of our best assets, they’re supporting us, they’re better at us in things that they do, they love their areas of expertise and now it’s, how can I support them? How can I help them get ahead? How can I make it easier? How can I help them avoid burnout?
You also threw out the words transformational and transactional, and I think those are two very different leadership styles that I think are important to point out. I think what you’ve just been describing is you’re trying to create a team that is transformational. Transformational leadership is where you give them an outcome and say, “That’s where I want to go,” and they say, “Great,. We’ll figure it out, we’ll help you get there.” Transactional leadership is, “We’re going to go here and here’s exactly how we’re going to do it and we’ll do it my way,” and then there’s no buy-in, there’s no ownership, they don’t get to fail because if they do what you tell them to do and it doesn’t work, whose fault is it?
It’s mine, but that means they can’t win too. If they can’t fail, they can never win, and you’re never going to keep A players on your team that never get to win. This is why people get so frustrated by millennials, because they’re dinosaur business owners, they’re running their business like assholes, they’re tyrants, they’re trying to micromanage their team, tell everybody to do it, and it’s transactional. They’re saying, “I’m giving you money, just do what I tell you to do. I paid you, do it.”
Millennials don’t stand for that. They value themselves more. They want something beyond just being told what to do and getting a paycheck. Believe me, I have team members on my team that would just be there to show up and […] and get their check. They don’t believe in you, they don’t believe in the company, they’re hypers, and they go home and complain about you, and the job, and they live for the weekends. But if team members enjoy the work and they feel they have freedom and they have autonomy, you have their discretionary time. They’re thinking about you after work. “How can we make this better?” They’re thinking about you on the weekends. They do extra stuff because they’re in love with what they’re doing.
Steve: Totally. Now, you said that really well and I think what comes up for me as the EMyth, which was a very transformational book to use that word for me. Checklist, at certain points at Good Life, we are a results based company, but a lot of times I get pulled to these meetings it’s like this person is not… they checked the box and they didn’t do it or they didn’t check the box and they should have, you know I mean? What’s the results? Is the days on market good? Where is his KPIs? Although they’re good, we have this back and forth. So, here’s something that I want to stick my flag in the sand as something that’s not conventional and goes away from my instinct which is let them figure it out. I don’t care about the checklist.
We’re not all going to be McDonald’s. Honestly, I’m not trying to scale my business across the whole country, if I was, I probably would have to make sure everybody checks that box, but I’m really interested in the small giants approach, where it’s going deep with the smaller amount of people, still having a big business that makes a big impact. I say, “Hey, look at the results. Make it a results-based company because they can own it. They have more ownership in that regard.” Something else that comes to mind was, I remember I used to walk into the office when I used to go to the office every day and people would be on YouTube and I would freaking be so mad.
They’re watching some videos, I would stew about, I wouldn’t say anything right away. I would go in my office and fume. Then I remember I talked to a friend about it, someone I respect, a mentor. He’s like, “Man, you got to let that go. If they get the results, who cares how many cat videos they’re watching. You want a fun environment. If you go lay the hammer down on that, you’re going to not have the team that you need to have to make your dreams come true.” Someone I respected telling me that was me letting go of a helium balloon. All this weight was just lifted and I was free. I didn’t have to micromanage.
Jason: I think it’s interesting because sometimes usually the person or the team that gets really caught up on the checklist and everything being done a certain way, that’s usually the operations person. They love that stuff, and it needs to be done this way, but I think that’s our job as the visionaries to remind them it’s the outcome that matters. It’s the end result that matters. The end result is making sure we have a profitable business. The end result is to make sure that we’re honoring our customers and we’re treating people well. These sort of things, if we want to get to the outcome.
How we get to that outcome, there’s probably a million ways we can do it, and whether a certain box wasn’t checked or certain thing didn’t end up happening. Well, maybe that process is too cumbersome. Maybe it needs to be supplied, as long as getting a result. There’s always this balance. You can have a 30-point checklist that somebody has to complete, but if you can get it down to 10 steps and they can actually do it every time and it doesn’t feel it’s in the way, then you’re better off than the people that are operating without looking at a process document because most people don’t. They’ll do it once and then just skip it. You need something that they can live with on an ongoing basis.
I think that’s really important to point out what you said is that it’s the results, that results don’t lie, it’s the outcome that really matters. So, I think if you take a step back and say, “Well, what outcome are we going to achieve? Somebody’s talking about checklist not being done well. What was the outcome we were trying to achieve? What’s the outcome? Okay, did we achieve it? Who was responsible for it and how do we know whether it got done or not? Okay great, well then we’re good, maybe we should change the process.”
Steve: Exactly. Those are some things, but the exciting part is having freedom of time, money, relationships, the people you work with, the people you get to do business with, I know you talk a lot about firing the bad clients. That was an amazing experience, our profit went way up when we fired the wrong types of clients and getting really centered on our core values because then it’s easy to hire and fire people and hire clients based on your core values.
Ours are really simple. It’s RPG: be reliable, be positive, and be a go giver. It’s based off that book, The Go Giver, and it’s just simple. We used to have seven or eight, but then I couldn’t even remember what they were and they felt weird, so we made it really simple. Now, my business development manager just goes down the list, like, “Are they reliable? Were they at the appointment on time? Did they send you the thing they said they were going to send you?” It just makes this compass of how to do business with the type of people that are going to make you successful.
Jason: That’s one of the things that coach clients through is to get clear on their three, maybe four core values because you can have a list to 10, you can have 20, but really your team aren’t going to remember all of those and you can usually boil it down to three core things. For us, ours are a little bit different. One of my core values is just transparency.
That’s originally why I call my company Open Potion and in just creating transparency I think in the industry has created some various significant shifts. I think also for […] just how I operate. That’s a value that is central to me and I want my team to espouse and really our companies are just extensions of us. It’s my Iron Man suit that I get the strap on every day, that’s my team and everything around me. It increases my capacity. It makes me feel a super human. I’m getting more done. I’ve got India handling my email and Adam handing fulfillment. I feel like I’m a superhuman.
Steve: He’s awesome, by the way.
Jason: Thank you. I think of other things I’m really big on is just eliminating constraints and looking for the big constraints that are preventing momentum, so that I can create momentum. It’s all about creating momentum for my clients and for myself. I think it’s going to be different for everybody. With all the different things that we are inspired or that resonates with us and I think every business owner needs to get clear on really what their values are because you can’t have it.
There are only two types of team members. There are hiders we talked about that are hiding and they are living for the weekend and they show up for paycheck or there’s believers. The only way you can have believers is if you have something for them to believe in. If you want believers on your team and you want clients that believe in you, you have to have values that you make transparent or clear to the marketplace or to your team so that they can they can buy in to them. It’s amazing to see companies get to a large size without even having that in place. Once you get it in place, I imagine the shift is traumatic for the culture.
Steve: And if there’s one last thing I would leave the listeners with that’s going to be probably the most impactful thing for me in the last 24 months was, I had this epiphany that everything worthwhile lives on the other side of fear. I knew that instinctually and I’ve been told that before.
You know how you can read a book, that’s why they say re-read the books that you love because you read it four times and then you’ll start to actually really get it. I knew that, but I didn’t really get it and it hit me, it became crystal clear. I was like, “Okay, if I want my dreams to happen and be fulfilled and live a life that I want, I have to figure out what scares me and do that.”
I have a two-part test. Does it scare me, part one. Part two, does my heart tell me to do it? If the answer to both of those is yes, you do it. I even made a wristband that says, “What scares you, do that.” I don’t have it on me right now, I took it off. Just to remind me and it goes back to the try thing.
All my biggest leaps came after I did something I wasn’t prepared for and I was scared to do, like going to that mastermind. I couldn’t afford it, it was really expensive. Hiring my operations manager, hiring a marketing manager. I gave a talk recently at PM Grow that I thought I was going to be broke after I hired my marketing person because I didn’t think I have the margin and we ended up having our best year ever.
It comes back to the try thing. Figure out what scares you, do that, try it, whatever it is. I think that’s where we make our biggest leaps and that’s what sets people apart from living a life that they intended to having regrets, which is the number one regrets of the dying is that they didn’t live a life true to themselves, instead they lived a life other people expected them to live. That’s the thing that scares me more than anything in the world and so I’m passionate about sharing that message.
Jason: Steve, it’s been awesome having you on the show. I’ll second that. It really is that voice deep down that is that voice of truth, and also you can ask yourself deep down, “Do I really want to be doing this?” Deep down, “Should I be doing this thing?” Deep down, “Does this really resonates with me,” and if the answer isn’t a, “Hell yes,” then there’s a lack of congruency and I think that’s where you’re saying your heart is yes. I think […] of something that isn’t working is the death of something inside you. It means change, something has to die.
You want to know what’s really interesting? I’ve noticed a lot of this on […]. The scariest thing to kill or to allow to die is the fantasy of something great. I’ll explain this, I’ve noticed this a lot lately with business owners. They have this fantasy of having a really healthy business, or having a business that is growing, or a business that they contribute, or they get to do great things, and that fantasy is so exciting to them and juicy to them that they don’t want to take action on it, because to take action on it means they have to kill it.
They have the brutally pull out the knife and slaughter their fantasy the second they start taking action towards it, because now reality sets in. Reality is never going to be at that level that the fantasy was, but it’s better because it’s real. I usually use the example of my friend in high school that wanted to be a rock star, which sounds like you. You had to eventually give up the fantasy of being a rock star or you have to choose into it fully. He had this fantasy of being a rock star and he would buy expensive guitars and amplifiers, and he wouldn’t take guitar lessons.
He won’t love the fantasy of having this fantasy of being a rock star and as long as he can buy cool guitars and keep imagining this future that would never happen, he was happy, but he didn’t want to go sleep in his car and do gigs, tour round, work his butt off, and practice nine hours a day. He didn’t want to do any of that. That’s reality. Reality means some work.
Initially, if you’re listening to this and you’re like, “This is great. Jason and Steve have these companies and making all this money, they’ve got their assistants. It must be so nice for them.” They’re probably listening and going, “I don’t get it. I’m not there.” You may have to be the person listening that you right now, it’s time for you to double down. It’s time for you to hustle. It’s time for you to do stuff that scares you. It’s time for you to get off of the fantasy of whatever you’re hoping of doing or hoping of starting to really get out there and do the work, the hard work to make it happen and you listen to that voice, you get to that place. You get to that place eventually where you’re now are able to focus on your team. You’re able to be a coach and a mentor to people around you instead of the person trying to figure out how to get everybody to do everything.
I think that transition really involves taking those scary leaps. I think every coach that I’ve hired was a leap. None of them were cheap. Every coach I’ve hired, every program or training I bought into, some of them I couldn’t even afford at the time. They were risks, but I knew deep down it was a yes. I just knew it was a yes and it terrified me.
I think for those that are really analytical and logical, they’re like, “I don’t get it Jason,” but for anybody else listening. If you have that voice deep down inside that is saying, “Hey, this is what’s next for you. You’ve known it. You’ve been avoiding it and you’re trying to figure out how to make it all feel safe, take the leap, and jump and do it. Worst case scenario, you’re going to learn some powerful lessons.” I had lessons where I spent a lot of money and it didn’t work out. A lot of money. I’ve probably lots of money making some bad choices, but I wouldn’t trade those lessons and I’ve learned from them.
Steve: Yeah, and money is just one side of it. Making a decision to be a different person, or to take more time off, or to go into a completely different field, that’s probably the easiest one to do is scratch a check for something. Sometimes our way of being is probably what gets in the way of most of our issues because you can’t solve the problem with the same mind that created it.
Creating some space and getting clear always helps, getting clear on what you’re trying to do and the life you’re trying to live. At the end of the day, we’re the writer, director, producer of our own store and I love how you said, you kill off the fantasy because that’s true. It’s scary.
I think that’s why a lot of people don’t delegate it or it takes so long to delegate because it’s scary. If you give that up, what are you going to do? Then you actually might have to sit with yourself and figure out what’s next and nobody wants to be alone with themselves. That’s a scary place. It’s through the work, it’s through conquering those demons slowly over time that I’ve seen good results, so it’s a process. Take it easy on yourself and do what’s doable. I beat myself up a lot over the years and it’s I think we’re all pretty ambitious. Don’t kill yourself. Life’s too short. Just have fun with. Do what’s doable.
Jason: Well, Steve, it’s been awesome having on the show. I’m sure we could jam over and over and over again about all kinds of cool things. I appreciate you being here. Fun having you and I think there’s a lot of really good takeaways for people that are going to listen to this or relisten to this and thanks again for coming on.
Steve: Yeah, thanks for having me, Jason.
Jason: You’re welcome. How can people get in touch with you or some of the stuff that you’re doing?
Steve: If you have any questions you can always email me email@example.com. Then check out the podcast, Good Life Property Management Podcast, we love that, and then Tribe Mastermind Podcast with me and Jordan Muela. Those are two podcasts that are we have a lot of fun with, that are around business, mindset, and all that good stuff.
Jason: Cool. All right. Great. Thanks Steve. I appreciate you.
Steve: Thanks so much for having me, Jason.
Jason: All right. That was fun. If you are property management entrepreneur and you don’t have a coach, I recommend that you find somebody. Find somebody, find the best that you feel you can afford at where you’re at right now. Get some input from somebody else. Find a mentor, find another property manager in your state. If you need to, find somebody that you feel you can lean on as a resource.
Nobody has to be alone in business and I think one of the biggest pitfalls that I had early on I think most entrepreneurs have is that we feel alone. We feel we’re weird, we’re different. We are, we’re different than a lot of the world, but there’s plenty of people us out there and so make sure you have somebody that you can look up to, that you can lean on, that can give value to you and it’s never just one person. Keep going. Keep doing this. Keep feeding into yourself. That’s always an investment that’s going to pay off.
If we can help in any way with that, I would be honored. You can reach out to us at doorgrow.com and we would be glad to support you in the beginning of that journey towards your growth. As always, to our mutual growth. Until next time. Bye everybody.