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David Fabricius: Finding A Way To Simplify Wealth Creation

I'm in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay at the world's largest real estate investing conference, Real Estate Ignite. I grabbed one of the speakers, Mr. David Fabricius. He is a very fascinating individual. He's like the James Bond or Jason Bourne, but with the wisdom of Yoda and maybe a little sprinkle of a superhero presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He has served as a Special Forces instructor and was trained by the British SAS. He was very instrumental in organizing a national counterterrorism SWAT unit that specialized in hostage rescue in high-value target arrests. I'll preface this by saying he talks a little bit about it, but he's from that era where we don't talk about that stuff. I managed to get a little bit out of him, which you're going to definitely appreciate.

He talks about in this show being homeless. Here's a guy who's been homeless in life to being in the military, to creating wealth and we talk about that in the show. What is it like to have that mindset? How can you change things on a dime? No matter where you are in your journey for wealth creation, you're going to benefit big time from this show.


He speaks all around the world about wealth creation, which is a perfect fit for the show, and how to simplify it. A lot of people think that wealth can be extremely complicated, and it can be. However, David loves to share the strategies and ideas of how you can make wealth simple.

The other thing that we talk about is since he travels the world speaking and has shared the stage with Robert Kiyosaki, who’s been on the show, Tony Robbins and also Sir Richard Branson, he knows a thing or two and we talk about that. He also had the opportunity to interview both John Travolta and Mel Gibson. If you're very curious as to how those interviews turned out and the wisdom and the gems that were secured from those interviews, then you're going to love the show.

Dustin
David, tragedy struck your family and left you homeless. Take us back to that moment when you were homeless. What you've learned from that?
David
What I've learned from that is life can be incredibly hard, but life is also precious. When terrible things happen, don't commit suicide. Don't resort to drugs or alcohol. Face your pain. It will be terrible, yes, but it's in that crucible of pain that you will be shaped into a better person. Your empathy or compassion for people will be developed in that crucible of pain. There's nothing good about a tragedy. There's nothing good about that pain other than for the rest of your life, you will have a more caring heart, a more compassionate and more empathetic heart for others. That is the one thing I can say but other than that, it's terrible. There's nothing good about it.
Dustin
I can understand tragedy leading to better things and motivating you. My understanding is that this has happened twice. You've been homeless twice in your life, is that correct?
David
Yes, it is. When I first came out of the military, I was in a very focused mindset too much so for the average civilian corporation. I was used to incredibly good leaders, especially in the unit I was in. Suddenly I'm confronted with a manager, which I can hardly respect. I look at this manager and think, “I cannot follow you. I cannot work for you.” Initially, I was homeless and that's wonderful because that led me to entrepreneurship. If nobody's going to employ you, then create your own. It's a wonderful thing to be unemployable. That will force you to become good as an entrepreneur.
Dustin
You grew up in South Africa. You are known for eating figs from trees and playing with the monkeys. Tell us a little bit about South Africa. You're here in the US. What did you take forward and how that shaped your life?
David
I loved growing up in Africa. Playing with animal bones as a child, playing with monkeys, eating wild figs with monkeys. That's something special that the iPad and the iPhone cannot give you, wonderful as those things are. I love growing up there but it's also a smaller country with less opportunity. I outgrew my marketplace and I was working global. I'm glad to be in America because we have such a huge marketplace with such abundant opportunities. We have the most incredible people coming from all over the world. The diversity that you can experience here is so rich. What I bring from Africa is a certain amount of almost survival attitude and resilience. It's a tougher place in here. Therefore, you grow up being more resilient, maybe a bit more masculine in a way, maybe a bit more aggressive in a way. That can still serve you in the new marketplace.
Dustin
Would you say thick skin? I know you've done a great deal of development on yourself. Would you say when you first came over, you had a rough or thicker skin coming out of Africa?
David
Perhaps, but deep down I still feel very sensitive and I still get hurt by things. If you haven’t been fooled by the warrior persona on the outside, the armament on the outside, just like everybody that also feel feelings of disappointment and rejection or whatever that may be, but you also just have to go beyond that. You've got to pick yourself up and say, “I am perfect for a certain kind of person. Let me find those people and serve them.” The rest, if you don't appreciate me, that's life. Africa does make you a little bit tougher around, inside and outside.
Dustin
What do you miss about South Africa?
David
I miss the animals. I miss the humor of the Africans. There's a certain kind of humor. I miss the smell of the rain and the red Earth from Africa after the big thunderstorms but do I want to go back? No way. I'm happy in America. I can go on vacation when I miss those things, but I'm all American now.
Dustin
You mentioned Special Forces, which I know you don't like to talk about. Before we touch on it, you had a successful business before entering into that part of your life. Take us back. What were you doing? What was the successful business before you entered in?
David
While I was in school, I owned and operated a karate school. I made good money teaching karate. That was my first business at age sixteen to eighteen. I ran a karate school and loved it. That was my first business. Then I went into the military and then started again after.
Dustin
What got you in? Were you just passionate about karate?
David
I was maliciously put into what was called a sick layman lazy squad. Our job was to pull out weeds in the schoolyard. We were not allowed to play rugby because apparently, I had a heart condition. I would die if I play rugby. If you can't play rugby as a boy in South Africa, you become a social outcast. It's a social death sentence. You're like a little wimp, a little weakling, and I hated it. Being such considered labeled as a little weakling and I got to pull out weeds and it is a degrading job, but I did it well. I put my heart into it. I pulled out a lot of weeds in the schoolyard. We got caned every day and one day I just stood up and I said to the teacher, “I don't belong here. I'm not sick. I'm not lame. I'm not lazy. I don't care how much you cane me, but I don't belong here.”
I was looking for a way to strengthen myself. A karate school opened in our little village and also a boxing club. I went to boxing and to do karate, trying to get tough and strong because I felt bullied by the system. I want to be able to fight back eventually. I took it like a duck to water. I was very good at it from the beginning. I put in a lot of practice. I won lots of medals in competitions and I found a way to make money. It gave me self-respect, self-discipline, self-esteem. It gave me an identity of a winner. It's hard when you just won a gold medal in the karate championship with a state or national level than to tell you, “You’re a loser. Big deal.”“I don’t believe you telling me I'm a loser. I just won a gold medal. I make more money than my school teacher.”
That was my life and my little rescue boat. I found something that I could do well that could earn me more money than my school teachers make and could give me self-respect. What we earn in life or what we get in life, the pain is predominantly one thing. I was at an event where Jessica and I went backstage and I got to listen to Dr. Foe. What he said is, “In life, you will earn what you think you deserve.” I always say to people, I do often twenty-hour work days and I do as much good as I can in the world. As long as I put in twenty-hour work days, even if it's once a month on a Saturday and as long as I do some good in the world, try and convince me I don't deserve what I have. If you earn it and you do good with what you have, you're going to feel you deserve it and then you're going to get more. It's all about self-esteem. It’s all about your identity.
Dustin
After you've had a successful karate school, you moved into the military. I'm curious as to why?
David
I had no choice. When I turned eighteen, the CIA came to Africa and they talked to a couple of politicians, handout some big black bags full of money and whatever they do. There was a draft. Every boy when you turn eighteen gets shipped off to the war machine. When I got there, I was drafted into military intelligence. That's cool but a lot of them are nerds. I looked around and I said, “There are a couple of fat guys, a couple of skinny guys. There are guys who look unmotivated. If I'm with these guys and we get into a firefight, I'm dead.” These are not guys to be in a fight with. They’re cool guys, but they're not guys for a fight. I saw this one group, they were tall, handsome, had cool boots that don't leave any tracks when you walk and they had big knives. They were looking cool and they look highly motivated and capable. I said, “Who are those guys?” They said, “That’s Special Forces. Don't even ask. You have no chance.” “Can I try out?”“You can volunteer but they’ll kick your ass. You’ll be out of there the first twelve seconds. If you're lucky, you'll last twelve seconds.” It was the ultimate experience of my life. Going through that training, the quality of men that I met there was phenomenal. They’re intelligent, strong, awesome and I was the runt of the litter of the group. I was just every day so impressed with my buddies and I was so grateful like, “I get to fly with eagles.” That was awesome.
Dustin
You come from that era where you don't talk about it and I respect that. I'm sure you've seen some things and done some things. I'm curious as to the lessons that are transferable to everyday life so that folks can benefit from your experience in business life.
David
The single most important thing that you would learn in elite military special operations, I’ve served in two different units, would be run situations, take initiative. Be an intentional individual who takes initiative, who is proactive, who run situations, who develop situations, who makes the unknown known. Don't wait for life to act on you. You act on life, you take the initiative, you charge. Don't do it for the money. Don't do it for ego, don't do it for the glory. You do this to serve a greater course, whatever you do, to serve the people, the man next to you, your community, your country, keep the old ladies and children safe. Have a bigger course than just money, titles, medals, or anything like that. In situational awareness, pay attention to the environment. The market shifts, battlefields change and shift. It’s chaotic.
People like me, we think asymmetrical. We are masters of chaos. We go to where chaos is and we bring order to chaos. My personality type is, I will have a few things perfectly aligned, perfectly in order and then I’ll have another area which is complete and total chaos. I thrive in both of those environments. That adaptability to go from chaos to stability, stability to chaos. One of the other big lessons is to develop the ability to anticipate and hang out with people who anticipate. It’s the ultimate power in business. It’s the ultimate power in investment. It’s the ultimate power whether it’s the stock market, whether it’s real estate. It doesn't matter what it is. If you can anticipate the changes coming and you can be proactive based on that anticipation, if you have that foresight, you can reposition your assets. You can reposition yourself before the time come when it’s necessary. You have gained in the military, a tactical advantage and in business, a competitive advantage.
Dustin
You're a guy of action. You can feel the passion coming out. You mentioned Jessica and I want to give our audience an understanding. Jessica is your wife and she's also your partner. You've been on record as saying she brings a softer feminine side to you, a counterbalance. She balances you. How has she impacted your life?
David
Jessica is my kingmaker and I would not be the man I am without her. Do you know where I would be if I did not have Jessica my life? I would be living in Alaska in a rugged rock and wood cabin who have a dog pack of huskies and a dog sled and a kayak. I would hunt and fish and not talk to anybody. I would not be on stages and dressing fancy and living in fancy places and driving fancy cars. None of that. At best, I may have a float plane parked somewhere so I can reach civilizations once in a while, but I would be that wild man in Alaska. Jessica is the one who picked me up. I came off the native American-Indian reservation with nothing. I was homeless in Las Vegas. I wasn't homeless all my life, only twice. Most of us have failed twice. I came out of the military and I didn't have a job yet or started a business or you could call it whatever you want. The second time when I came to America, I had to start all over again. There were many years of prosperity and success in between. We live an incredible life, but I definitely credit Jessica for giving me the love that I needed. Every man that's hard needs a soft woman also. She's strong. She's hard too. Don't make a mistake. If you ever saw the Hitman's Bodyguard, you’ll understand or if you saw Harley Quinn and the Joker in the Suicide Squad, you’ll understand.
Dustin
Behind every great man is an equally, if not better, woman. From homeless to speaking now all around the world. You've shared the stage with Branson, Tony Robbins, A-list celebrities. You’ve interviewed Mel Gibson, John Travolta and a lot of celebrities.
David
I've got this thing, Rock and Roll All Nite with Gene Simmons, the Founder of KISS onstage in Disney.
Dustin
Tell me about that. What's Rock and Roll All Nite?
David
That’s one of his famous songs. I got to go on stage and sing along with him. That was fantastic. I enjoyed it. Who would have imagined that? Coming barefoot from Africa, originally barefoot child in a little village where we didn't even speak English. It shows you what's possible. It's not about me and what I have done, but if you can see the example that if David can come from Africa, could not even speak English properly, or at one point not at all, and end up having those moments, what is possible for you? That's what this is all about. I wanted this to serve you. It's not about glorifying me. Take the opportunity to say, “If David could do that, why not me?”
Dustin
You speak on these stages with these celebrities and these well-known figures, thought leaders and you speak on Wealth Made Simple. Oftentimes, you imagine a guy like Warren Buffett. You think that he has a complicated life because he's got so much. You've got this wealth and you've got the symbol. They seem juxtaposed. How can it be wealth made simple?
David
I love people like Warren Buffett and high-level folks like that. If you go listen to them, the advice they give you sometimes will be just very fundamental, very basic character-base and financial principles. The rest of what they will tell you is stuff that you probably can't do because you don't know that kind of people that you can it with. You don't have that level of money. There's a gap somewhere in between for the average person. There was a time when I did not have wealth and I do like nice things in life, so my taste is expensive, I had to figure out how to get some wealth. Jessica has got an expensive taste, so I got to step up. I had to make it simple for myself to figure this thing out. It's a combination lock. You have to have all the numbers in the right order and sequence at the same time otherwise a combination lock doesn't open. What I see with most events, most companies, most books, all of this, they complicate it unnecessarily to look intelligent or smart so they can charge more for it because it's a bigger deal. My job was to make it as simple that I can first understand and then pass it on to the next guy as dumb as me to go, “I'm a dummy too. Don't worry about it. Let's make it simple.”
Here are the seven things and you have to do it in this order and sequence but here's the thing, it's the ecosystem. People have bits and pieces of the numbers. They sometimes have all the numbers but aren’t in the right order. You have to have all these things in the right order at the same time at a high enough level. Here's the lesson. Nothing happens until everything happens until everything is right. People try to do a little bit of marketing, a little bit of branding, a little bit of this, and still, they get nowhere. The ecosystem has to be healthy. It's all interconnected. That's why we have the core seven and the vital seven systems within the wealth framework. When you learn those seven things, you go, “This is simple. I can start at number one. Master to a high enough level, number two. Then when I have all seven and then put them together, the magic happens.” You’ll have overnight success after 30 years of blood, sweat and tears. My job is to get your day maybe in three years or five years. Why wait for 30? Will everybody do it? No.
It's like fishing. You can teach a hundred guys how to fish, give them fishing rods, tell them the way to fish, give them the bait. Some guys will spend 24/7 at the lake or the river fishing and one guy still thinking, “I'll go tomorrow.” Another guy will go maybe once. Not everybody is going to get the same results. That's understood. I always say to people this, Dustin. It's very simple. Every day, give life your very best. Life is going to be unfair. Life is not immediately going to give you her best but if you're consistent, life will eventually look at you and go, “This person is showing up every day giving their best. We like that. Let's give this person the best life has to offer,” and then you live your dreams. You self-actualize yourself, you self-transcend. Life will give you the best that's available on the planet, but not before you gave life your best. Not before you serve other people giving your heart and everything you have all in your very best. Your best may not be as good as some famous persons. It doesn't matter. Be you and give your best and you will develop as you go. Wealth is definitely possible and can be made simple.
Dustin
David, you attribute passion, hard work and you say innovation are the keys to success in life or at least in your life. What do you mean by innovation? The passion and the hard work, we get. What do you mean by innovation?
David
Innovation is the willingness to be different and the ability to be different but in meaningful ways, not just different for the sake of being different. You can still fail even though you differentiate it. You've got to be differentiated. One of my mentors, Professor Lou, taught me in a way that matters, in a way that is significant, in a way that adds true value to the consumer, to the marketplace. That's what it is. I saw a product that was created in the 18th century. It is a beautiful piece of art and it sells. You can still buy it. It sells for $850 depending on where you buy it. Somebody took it and they just innovate it and they added modern 21st-century features to this product and now it sells for $3,500. It’s the same thing. Now, I want both. I want the classic and the new one, the high-tech one.
Sometimes it's taking something that already is a proven bestseller and reimagining it and say, “What can we do?” One of my other mentors, Greg, told me a story. Apparently, he knows somebody who was a very senior person at Disney. At Disney back in the day, they make a lot of money everyday, but when there are a big thunderstorm and rain, nobody shows up and then they make no money. They go and they reimagine it. This person said, “Let's create a rain parade. Every time it rained, the characters come out in the rain and joyously embrace the rain and we put on the best show the day when it rain.” It's called the rain parade. Now, people flock and it’s their best payday every year. The days where the biggest storms are their best payday. That is innovation.
Dustin
Look for these opportunities. If you think you can't make money or something is stopping or preventing you, come with that mindset of, “How can we do this?”
David
Start with the why and understand the purpose. Everything has a higher purpose. Everything has spiritual energy. Begin there. From there, you’ve got to go to the how and say, “If we're going to be different, how will it be different in a way that the people will like them? Their jaws drop and they’d go, ‘Wow.’ They want to bring somebody else next time and say, ‘I just saw this. You won't believe this. We’ve got to go see it again.’”
Dustin
You grew your business 6,763.94%. How did you do it?
David
By persisting. There was a long time where I did not see that growth. One day, I decided and said, “I am all in. This is the moment from here on that I am all in.” I applied the seven principles, seven segments of my system through my own life. Not just talking about it, not just reading other people's books about it, but by putting this stuff to work. I had to invest a lot of money with mentors, with coaches. Jessica and I invest over $100,000 a year in our own education. What I find is a lot of gurus will not give you all the pieces. They will give you some, but they won't give you all the pieces you need. What I also find is that even gurus out there will deliberately misdirect you. These are the worst ones who will say, “You should be doing this in the marketplace.” They don't want competitors. They don't want the 4,000 people also doing what they're doing. The 4,000 new competitors are going to destroy the market opportunity, so they tell you something different deliberately. That's wrong. I'd rather be poor, but I’ll tell you the truth. I'll tell you what you need and here are the seven things. Thirty years, 143 countries, five continents later, here is what I know works. I applied it to my own life. Jessica and I won Entrepreneur of the Year award for North America by applying it, testing it and going, “This works in the marketplace.”
Dustin
David, speaking of awards, you’ve got The Key of Freedom to The City of Miami. Can you explain that? Is that like the key to the city?
David
It's called the Key to the City or Key of Freedom. When the mayor or somebody says, “We believe that you are a person of excellence, that you have made a significant contribution to our city or to humanity at large.” It's a bribe. What they want is a big donation to the mayor’s office. If you're a famous quarterback that's won in the Super Bowl, then they want to hang out with you or if you’re the first astronauts coming back from the moon, they will give you the Key of Freedom. It's a big deal but I have no ego about that stuff.
Dustin
Did you live in Miami?
David
Yes, I was hopeless in Miami when I got it. If you go search on the website, I’m not on the website as the official recipient. I have the actual key. Here’s how it happened. I was driving in a Rolls-Royce. I was flying around in a private jet. I was living the big life traveling all over the world, speaking at top universities in the world and on and on, winning a ton of awards at the time. Somebody knew me when I was a big deal at the top of my game, the first time I made it big. He ended up working with the mayor's office in Miami. When I moved to America, I came with a 0-1 Special Talents and Extraordinary visa. He said to the mayor, “There's a guy who's brand-new in America who just got the 0-1 Special Talents and Extraordinary Abilities visa and he is in Miami. I know this guy's got a Rolls-Royce and a jet.” He didn’t know I lost it. They invited me and gave me a key. I still have the key, but it means nothing. It doesn't fit on any building. I don't even know where it is right now. I'm grateful that I got it. For me, it's not about awards and stuff like that.
Dustin
You're very quick to dismiss and I appreciate that. You don't let the ego get involved, but I want to take you back to something that people may want to know about. We talked a little bit about you interviewed Mel Gibson and you interviewed Travolta. What did you learn by interviewing them? What lessons did you take away?
David
Mel Gibson, my question to him was, “Mel, I'm a former military man, so Braveheart appeals to me. My grandmother was Scottish, so Braveheart again appeals to me. As a professional speaker, that speech you did on the battlefield before they charge, it was a great speech. How did you do that speech? How did you prepare for it? How did it come out the way it came out?” He was honest enough to go, "I was so scared of the horse, but I would say something and I needed to breathe.” That strong punctuation, which is one of the keys to professional speaking. It's in those pregnant pauses that came out of fear rather than a rehearsed thing. He emphasized that and then I got it. The punctuation is one of the key elements of professional speaking.
Dustin
What about your Travolta?
David
Also what Gibson said is, “When you make a great movie, you’ve got to have an element of entertainment but there has to be an element of purpose. There has got to be a real message in it. When you bring that together, that makes it great." Travolta was awesome. I was so impressed with Travolta. I don't want to say anything bad but honestly, I’ve met celebrities who add zero value if you talk to them. They can put on a show on TV or movie but when you meet them, there's nothing there and they add no value to the answers. You pay a ton of money to interview them and what they tell you, there's nothing there but Travolta was different. Travolta was deep. He was gentle, he was strong. His answers had the wisdom to them and it was profound. I thought that he was just a dancing guy. Travolta was fabulous and what he said is the importance of coaches as role models. The role models that his parents were for him and then how much time, effort, blood, sweat and tears and money you’re putting getting a coach, getting trained even to become a pilot and all of that.
What I agree with him is that a coach has to be foremost somebody with a loving, caring heart that he's got no tolerance for coach studies just a brutal bully. I appreciate it. I agree with that. A coach has to have empathy and compassion. I know some of the most lethal men on the planet. Although they have these lethal skills, they're all men of a great heart of compassion and empathy because they know suffering. A great warrior once said to me, they would remember this, “You can only expect mercy from the strong. A truly strong man is a compassionate, caring, giving individual.” That is the true sign of strength and John Travolta differently embodied that at least when I interviewed him on stage. The guy who knows, “I've made it, I've done a lot of good,” and is confident in who he is and now he can give and love.
Dustin
I saw you speak and there were about a thousand people there. You were talking about the warrior mindset. One of the things that called to me was you were talking about making the unknown known. That called to me and I want to highlight that a little bit. Will you share a little bit of what that means?
David
Within the highest level of the Special Operations Community, there is a small number of men who live 100% by this ethos. Develop situations, run situations, be the one who's in charge. Let me give you a battlefield example. I'm moving through a battlefield that is now intense battle or intense war. This is the complete war at its highest level of intensity. Think of the movie Black Hawk Down, the Battle of Mogadishu. We never want to shoot anybody who's innocent but if you're in that complete enemy territory where you're being ambushed and there is a dark window up there, there's a dark doorway there, you don't know if there's somebody that was going to shoot at you right now. A sniper or anything else. Putting two or three rounds into the darkness means I'm developing that situation. It comes back to being proactive.
I see an opportunity, be it a real estate investment opportunity, be it a handsome guy or beautiful lady that I want to meet. Walking up, taking the initiative. That is one of the biggest things. Dr. Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits, what was habit number one? Be proactive. Just another way of saying and making the unknown known. Let's say I look at you and I think, “I could maybe like this person. I'm curious about this person,” so I walked up and I introduced myself. I made the unknown known. You’re like, “Let's have a cup of coffee. Let’s drink a beer.” It all begins with a hello.
Dustin
Fear stops a lot of people. Making the unknown known, just take that first step and maybe they don't like you when you go to shake their hand, but at least you know now.
David
It’s better to know than not to know. The worry tends to escalate things. It all begins if you take that first step. What you will find is sometimes you won’t be rejected, but overall people are nice. Most people are loving, kind, good. Most people want to be friends. Most people would love to know you, so reach out.
Dustin
David, I want to move us into the WealthFit Round, which essentially is rapid fire questions. What's your most worthwhile investment?
David
My most worthwhile investment is everything I ever buy for Jessica. Any money I spend on Jessica, that's my number one asset. Any money you invest in a relationship, if you give a legacy gift. I gave Konrad a Samurai sword. I know his son does martial arts. That sword is going to stay in that family multigenerational. Every time Konrad sees that sword, it is the connection. Any investment in a relationship is your best asset class, first and foremost, above stocks, real estate, gold, anything else.
Dustin
What's that investment you don't want to talk about? What's that false start that you've had? What's that investment where you put your time or your money and you'd rather not talk about?
David
Jessica and I had a little smoothie store for a while. My goal was if I’m going to make organic smoothies, they’re going to be the best on the planet. They're going to get Shilajit from the Himalayas. I’m going to get mushrooms from the Pacific Northwest and I’m going to get the finest ingredients on the planet. When we run the numbers, after a while, we figured out we’re subsidizing each smoothie by about $2 or $3 because ingredients are so expensive. It’s as if we’re making smoothies for charity and that was a disaster. We paid way too much for the premise. We didn't know the ratios or business, how it works but that's where I met Konrad. If it was not for that, they would've not become my meditation student, my martial arts student. I would have not spoken 36 times at Ignite and other events with Konrad. There's always something good in it. Look for the good. With people and opportunity and failure, always look for the good.
Dustin
Do you have any special habits or routines to get yourself either ready or get you at peak performance?
David
It depends on what. There are different things for different things.
Dustin
What about the morning routine?
David
From where I live, I'm blessed to have a beautiful gym. I've got a beautiful heated indoor lap pool. I get up in the morning, I go swim a few laps, I lift a few weights and I go shower. That’s part of it. You can do meditation, you can do the reading. Jessica and I both love doing a bit of reading in the morning, getting your mind fed with good stuff. I make very high-performance smoothies. I like to overdo it as if I'm going to the Olympics. That's all part of it. This is a huge topic and not just the morning routine, it’s the whole day and night routine. It all works together. Your morning routine begins the night before your night routine. It’s the ecosystem.
Dustin
I want to ask you about your guilty spending splurge. Life is good and you want to treat yourself. What is that guilty spending splurged?
David
Because I’ve been so filthy as a homeless person and in the military, you're deployed for weeks without a shower or changing your clothes or brushing your teeth or anything, I like nice clothes. I invest in good clothes and I love British cars. I like Range Rover, Rolls-Royces, Aston Martins. I like great British cars. It's an experience.
Dustin
Is there one that you want to add to your collection that eludes you?
David
Yes, but I first still need to do a lot of good on this. I still got more climbing to do, but the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The top car in the world. I’ve got to check that off then we can sell it and give the money to a charity. I also like beautiful timepieces, especially high-end vintage watches. We all have a little something. Here's the thing. That should be maybe 1% or 2% of your total spending. It’s not the main thing in your life. First, focus on adding a lot of service to people. Do a lot of good, make solid investments in real estate multifamily and those things. Jessica and I get into commercial real estate. If there's a little bit of a dollar or two left, enjoy it. Buy something nice but never buy nice things for yourself before you bought it for your wife. That's a big mistake. Buy something nice for her first and then you should show your wealth on your woman.
Dustin
You mentioned a couple of mentors. How do you vet a mentor or somebody that you're going to go learn from?
David
I'm looking for the top 1% of the top 1%.
Dustin
What are the qualities? What's your vetting process? What's that look like?
David
The character is important, but I will still go with a guy who has done something maybe in the past but got a certain result. He doesn't have to be the most famous, he doesn't have to be the most well-known person. In every category, like far superior to some of the famous people are people that our general public doesn't even know they exist. They like it that way. Somebody who's uncommon, who said, “I will not settle for being ordinary. It's okay if a couple of people don't like me, but I’m not going to be ordinary. I’m going to go for an extraordinary life.” Here's how you become extraordinary. Always do something extra. Pay extra on your mortgage, on your credit card. They say, “Clean this area,” you clean the entire area. They say, “Rearrange the back row,” you rearrange all the seats right to the front. If you consistently show up all in doing extra, you can't go wrong in life. You’ll outperform everybody.
Dustin
For people who are fired up, who are passionate like you are and want to continue the conversation, what's the best way for folks to reach out to you?
David
The best way is through FortuneBuilders and through my friend, Dustin. Connect with them and if you're just curious, “David, I want to see more who you are,” MeetDavidFabricius.com.
Dustin
David, thanks for being on the show. I truly appreciate you sharing your wisdom, your passion, your energy, your fire and doing what you're doing in the world.
David
Thank you. I appreciate you.

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