David Bruining

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Business

Adam Smith acknowledges in his book, “The Wealth of Nations”, “man is an animal that makes bargains–no other animal does this…” Humans are the only animal with a sense of what is ‘mine’ and what is ‘yours.’ This is why business is so useful and versatile: give someone what they want for a form of compensation. It has always fascinated me. Business is a state of societal innovation, not hedonism; it is a state of giving, not parsimony. These characteristics, in themselves, perfectly describe my post-academia path of public service. A holistic approach is essential to any company looking to grow. That, with clear execution and built-in problem-solving contingencies. All of which correlate to the foundations that public officials should have instilled within themselves. Moreover, the core values of American business are very similar to that of servant leadership: putting the people above oneself, searching for ways to improve, listening to feedback from constituents, and many others. Moreover, the social aspect of business corresponds with leadership: networking with as many as possible, building a strong rapport with peers, and diversifying one’s team to make it as strong as possible. I vividly see these areas of business in the political landscape. But I think I can do it better than the rest.


Politics

Politics can be a little bit like the Wild West. There’s a lot of potential, but the rules can be convoluted and vague at best. As Aristotle said, “man is by nature a political animal.” He may not have been speaking entirely about the government, but he has a point. Politics is exciting because people disagree; they argue. They disagree about how they should live. Who should get what? How should power and other resources be distributed? Should society be based on cooperation or conflict? They also disagree about how such matters should be resolved. How should collective decisions be made? Who should have a say? How much influence should each person have? For Aristotle, this made politics the ‘master science’: that is, nothing less than the activity through which human beings attempt to improve their lives and create the Good Society. Politics is, above all, a social activity. A sport-like game where everyone is betting on their team. It is the fight between conflict and compromise.


Journalism & Writing

The way people consume information is constantly in flux, so the stories must adapt quickly. I strive to anticipate these changes so you can focus more on the issues at hand. A successful writer requires creativity and flexibility. After all, the world of writing is ever growing and evolving, and not just around about social trends. I take pride in clearly explaining and navigating the often foggy landscape of journalism and politics in general. Read my articles here.


Finance

Ideas, tangible or not, are the most important things to act on in today’s competitive creative market. With so many channels and constantly replenishing feeds to watch out for, having ideas of your own is what will set you apart from the crowd. Acting upon them, however, is something so rare. We often walk away from our goals because we fear we will fail. Or worse, that we will succeed. Finance is finding that unicorn of an idea, and then doing something about it. Sure, it’s stressful, but isn’t that the point? Check out my financial community.

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“Diversity fuels growth, change, & progress.”

– David Bruining