Based in Los Angeles, entrepreneur David Bolno has managed to make a name for himself in several distinct ways across his career.
Known as both a passionate businessman and a legitimate innovator, he’s offered his services to athletes, musicians, artists, and other entertainers all over the world. He’s helped organizations in a myriad of different industries manage their businesses including recording studios and record companies. He’s helped high-net-worth individuals not only create wealth for themselves but preserve it for future generations.
His list of accomplishments is long and his reputation for business management is rock solid. He earned not one but two degrees, all while working a full-time job to support himself.
But for David Bolno, achieving personal and professional success is just one small part of a much larger story. More important are the ways in which we turn that success into opportunity – how we take what we’ve achieved and use it to support the next generation of innovators coming up behind us.
It’s a mentality he’s always held onto in his personal life, and he’s made certain to lean into it when it comes to his business life, too.
The Humble Beginnings of David Bolno
David Bolno has always been one to acknowledge that he wouldn’t have achieved half as much as he did in his life had it not been for one thing: family.
To be clear, the term can describe more than just the people that you’re literally related to. It can also refer to the people who live and work in the same community that you do. Regardless, the core concept remains the same: you’re talking about a collection of people who are all committed not only to themselves but to each other, doing what it takes to build each other up for long-term success.
From an early age, David Bolno was surrounded by people who loved and supported him. People who believed in the same things he did and who understood why his dreams were so important. They did what they could to help him along the way, and he achieved an incredible amount as a result.
That’s also part of the reason why he makes every effort to not forget where he came from, even when he’s working with major artists, athletes, and other entertainers in his career. He treats every one of his clients as if they’re a part of his family, because for all intents and purposes they are. He started his career to help people, much in the same way that he was helped by others early on in his life.
This is also why one of the major recurring themes throughout his career has involved doing whatever it takes to help enhance the lives of others. By taking this over-arching approach to both his personal and professional interactions, especially when it comes to those within his circle, David Bolno has already been able to leave the type of lasting impact on the entertainment industry in Los Angeles that will still be felt for decades to come.
There’s No Impact Too Small
Over the years, David Bolno has learned first-hand that there is truly no impact “too small” to make a difference.
Even something as seemingly simple as checking in on someone to see how they’re doing and seeing if you can do anything to help make their day better goes a long way towards giving back to those around you. When you do, know that it’s important to reach out without necessarily expecting anything in return.
Obviously, there are certain incentives attached to various philanthropic efforts. When you give money to a charity, you’re able to claim that money as a deduction on your taxes the following year. The government uses this as a way to incentivize people to give back. It’s a nice thought, to be sure – but it shouldn’t be the only thing that motivates you to act.
To continue with the example of giving to a charity, you should do so because you’ve found an organization that you believe in. One that needs your support to further a mission that you agree with. One that has the same values that you do. What you get out of it is the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing they’ll be able to continue their efforts, even for just one more day. By giving back without expecting to receive anything from it (at least not in a literal sense), you make an impact on yourself and those around you at the same time.
David Bolno has seen first-hand as some people get put off by the idea of giving to charity, if you need millions of dollars in order to do so. In fact, you don’t have to be wealthy at all. People do it every year without massive bank accounts. To support an organization that you believe in monetarily, all you must do is be willing to give what you have.
Even if you only have $5 extra to spare with this paycheck, it’s still an action worth considering.
In the end, the idea behind all this philanthropic effort is very simple. The stronger we are as individuals, the stronger we are as a collective. Empowering even one person therefore allows you to take meaningful steps to empower the community – even if it isn’t necessarily immediately obvious how that works or if you don’t “get anything” in return.
Many people overcomplicate the idea of philanthropy in all its forms, but it truly doesn’t get more straightforward than that.
A Personal and Professional Legacy, Together as One
Overall, giving back to those around you and supporting your community is an investment that pays dividends in several distinct ways.
First, it’s a step that you can almost immediately make an important part of your family legacy. Even if you’re only to give $5 at a time as outlined above, you’re still leading by example for those around you. Your kids, loved ones, or friends will see that even though you can’t donate endless sums of money, you still want to do what you can to give back in some small way. That in turn will motivate them to do so, which soon creates a snowball effect in the best possible way.
To speak to the idea of leaving a legacy, when you give back and your kids are encouraged to do so, this will soon follow through across generations. Soon, your family name becomes synonymous with helping others and contributing to your community – which is arguably the best legacy you can hope for.
That’s what David Bolno hopes to accomplish through all his philanthropic efforts – or at least, that’s part of it. Yes, he’s proud of the career that he’s worked hard to build to this point. He’s honored to have the opportunity to have worked with some of the most famous musicians, artists, athletes, and other entertainers in the world. He’s enjoyed all the successes that he’s been able to achieve.
But he has always hoped that his real legacy is one that has seen him meaningfully contribute to the greater good. If he has been able to inspire others to do the same, all the effort he has gone through will have been worth it.