For several months now, I've enjoyed chatting with some of your favorite Fox personalities to learn more about who they are behind the scenes.

But as you may remember, I promised to make a few surprise appearances here and there!

This week I would like to share my conversation with David L. Bahnsen, author of the new book “Full-Time: Work and the Meaning of Life.”

He is the founder, managing partner and chief investment officer of The Bahnsen Group, a national private wealth management firm with offices in Newport Beach, New York, Minneapolis, Oregon, Austin and Nashville, managing over $4.25 billions in customer assets.

Before launching the Bahnsen Group, he spent eight years as a managing director at Morgan Stanley and six years as a vice president at UBS. He has consistently been named one of America's top financial advisors by Barron's, Forbes and the Financial Times.

PS We have so much more in store for you. Stay tuned each week for new editions of “Short Questions with Dana Perino” – and if there's a question you want answers to or a suggestion for who I should interview next, leave a comment in the comments section below.

Chief Investment Officer David L. Bahnsen of the Bahnsen Group told Dana Perino, “I care deeply about being the best I am capable of being,” citing his deep faith. He also reveals how he defines success and what he would tell his younger self if he could. (Fox News Digital/David Bahnsen)

Q: What question do you think every manager should ask? a job interview?

BD: “Why are you looking for this job?”

I say this because if the person's answer is 'I just want a job', that's fine. Put it on the table. Everyone needs a paycheck.

But give people the chance to enter the interview and say, “Oh, because I saw what you did in this adventure” or “I read a story about you.” If they did a lot of homework, that's a great question to find out!

Q: How do you approach or advise people? Because I think you've already done it very well. But the balance between investing and saving for the future versus, say, not just paying the bills but enjoying the present.

BD: Financially, you have to save a lot. The only way the government can get paid is by taxing you. The only way you can get paid is by saving a lot [of your income].

So it's funny how those 401K things caused retirement balances to skyrocket even further.

Live on percentages and establish mechanisms to do it yourself.

Some people live paycheck to paycheck – but where there is a surplus, they become debt free and then can save 10% or 20%.

Q: Do you have advice for young people about renting or owning a shelter?

BD: Right now it seems almost impossible for them to have shelter due to the high cost of entry. That's why I recommend that you tell the governor and the local city council to allow more houses to be built.

One of the most shameful things from an economic point of view in our country is the lack of housing supply, which has made housing inaccessible for people in paid employment.

I know most young people can't have that much of an impact on policy, but this is really a supply constraint problem. Young people need to tell their parents to stop opposing new growth – it is causing this affordability crisis!

“When people start spending 50% of their income on housing, that is simply unsustainable.”

But when someone is in a position to buy a home and it will be a place they will be happy, make sure they are putting down at least 20% (more is better) and that the total cost of ownership (mortgage amortized monthly payment with HOA and taxes on the property) is 35% of your net cash flow or less.

When people start spending 50% of their income on housing, that is simply unsustainable.

Q: Is there any advice you would give your younger self or anything you wish someone had told you back then?

BD: It's such a good question. And there are so many things.

I think that, at different times, I wish I had worked even harder than I did, and at other times I wish I had switched off more, been more present.

I don't regret the time I spent working, but I do regret some quality of the time I spent with my family.

There were times when I was present, but I was still distracted.

I wish I had been more consistent about being focused and mentally present with my wife and kids at all times.

Q: How do you define success and has it evolved throughout your life?

BD: It definitely has. I turn 50 next month and I'm thinking about it even more these days.

Aristotle talked about the good life. There is the biblical idea of ​​shalom. I use the term human flourishing and believe it is a material and spiritual, physical and immaterial component, where we have joy, peace and harmony.

“I'm here to fight the good fight.”

Success for me has never been merely professional, but professional goals have been (and are) a vital part of it.

Yet, in the entirety of my life, I care deeply that I am the best I am capable of being – that I produce all that I can produce for the glory of my God – and that when I die He will say to me, “Very well. , good and faithful servant.”

I'm here to fight the good fight – I put that in my high school yearbook and it's still true today, even as a middle-aged man.

New book by David Bahnsen can be found on Amazon and other places where books are sold.

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