Monthly Archives: July, 2014

The Truth About Money in Association with Danilo Acquisto

WIN a FREE Financial Education Short Course

July 23rd, 2014 Posted by Competitions 23 comments

EXCITING NEWS:

I have partnered up with the Truth About Money – an initiative of 1Life Insurance to give away TEN short courses FOR FREE to any of you around South Africa on Financial Education because I am passionate about skills development and most people just don’t know how to save and eliminate debt! Even better is that the  application process is simple and can be done online.

 

HOW DO I WIN?

Winning is simple. All you need to do is post a comment below in the comments section (by using your email address) stating why you need or would love to win one of the 10 courses. Make sure your motivation catches my eye. Please include your age in the comment. You then need to share the post.  If you are one of the 10 winners I will be posting your names on my website so keep your eyes glued for a new post and if you are one of the 10 selected winners, a member of the Truth About Money will give you a call to guide you through the simple application process using the promotional code Danilo Acquisto so that they know you are one of my winners.

*PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL COMMENTS WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE. DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT WILL PUT YOUR SECURITY AT RISK. ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE IN THE COMMENTS YOU CAN EMAIL TO ME DIRECTLY USING THE EMAIL ADDRESS ON MY WEBSITE

Why Do I Even Need This?

The fact of the matter is that in the current job market, just having skills is not enough. You need your CV to stand out from the rest. In South Africa we are also facing a debt crisis where families are so deep in debt and have no idea how to get out. This is even more scary as you need to learn all of this while you are still young so that you don’t end up wasting money and getting credit cards that get you into debt. This course will equip you to make good financial decisions and could even help you build your assets so you can get that car or house you have always wanted

So what will the Financial Education course teach me?

Lesson 1: Develop A Wealth-Building Mindset

Do You Make Money?

Are You A Wealth Or Debt Builder?

Case Study: Middle Class Poverty

How Many Salaries Do You Have Left?

Learning From Millionaires

Achieving Financial Independence: Your Game Plan

 

Lesson 2: Financial Momentum (Or How To Get Rich, Faster)

The Formula For Financial Momentum

5 Key Principles Of Financial Momentum

 

Lesson 3: Dump Your Debt

Financial Fidelity – Good For Your Money And Relationship

Get On Top Of Garnishee Orders

Check Your Credit Record

Calculating Your Debt Position

Calculate Your Debt To Income Ratio

Debt Repayment Overview

 

Lesson 4: Manage Your Spending

Household Spending Plan

The Importance Of Prefunding

Savings-To-Income Ratio

Emergency Fund: Crash Proof Your Financial Affairs

Managing Your Money: Develop An Organised Approach

Monthly Expenses Clean-Up

Weekly Spend Plan

Kids: Money Management Headstart

 

Lesson 5: Your Financial Future Starts Now

The Power Of Planning

Teaming Up With The Moneyschool

Where To From Here

Do I Have To Travel Far And Often To Complete The Course?

One of the best things about the course is that it is all online and shouldn’t take you longer than between 6 and 8 hours and is held at any Boston College nationwide. Once you have applied and are chosen as one of the lucky 10 people to have been accepted, a representative from Boston will give you a call to help you locate your nearest Boston campus. Then the rest is easy – you just go to that Boston whenever you have a few hours to spare and do the course online – it’s that simple!

Who Can Apply?

The course is only available for anyone over the age of 18. You can only apply if you have a valid South African ID

Do I Walk Away With A Qualification?

At the end of the course, all 10 of you will walk away with a certificate of completion which is great for your CV especially if you are struggling to find new jobs – extra courses makes you more attractive to potential employers

How Long Do I Have To Apply?

I am only subsidising 10 people to go on the course so the quicker you apply the better your chances of being one of the 10. This coming Friday 31 August I will be going through all the submissions.

Get sharing NOW and if you have any questions you can always just tweet me @Danilo_Acquisto or post a message on my Facebook Page or even visit the Truth About Money Website

The Truth About Money in Association with Danilo Acquisto

The Truth About Money in Association with Danilo Acquisto

Danilo Acquisto on Schools

Don’t Get Comfortable – Things Are About To Change

July 8th, 2014 Posted by Opinion Piece 4 comments

The other day one of my Twitter followers asked me whether I was leaving Hectic Nine-9 because they saw a picture of me in the control room that was captioned “Danilo Acquisto is studio producing today #BehindTheScenes”  instead of presenting and this sparked a MUCH bigger debate and I thought it warranted a blog post…

I want to contextualise that this was not just an isolated incident. Let’s have a look at a conversation I had with a teen who attends church with me and is part of a program called Life Teen (of which I am a leader):

Me: So dude, I am very interested to know what it is that you want to do with your life after school?

 Him: Well I love music and sound so I was thinking of studying sound engineering and starting my own radio station… Who knows I could start the next Metro FM!

 Most of you must be thinking “well what’s wrong with that?! He sounds ambitious” so let me explain what the problem is here…

I have had the opportunity of chatting to SO many young people in my life and trust me when I say I get LOADS of different answers when I ask the question about their futures. But what always seems to surprise me is that very few young people in South Africa look to the future in order to set themselves up for success. The reason I am concerned about the guy from my church wanting to start a radio station is that by the time he gets to University and wants to start with the company (and which he has dedicated his time and many years of thought), technology would have moved so fast that by then we would all be listening to online radio – there would be no place for another radio station – imagine that disappointment. Think about how fast your phone has developed – the work place develops as fast and if you can’t keep up you will fall behind. The scary thing is that our schools don’t teach us that and we get sucked into the mindset of law, doctors, accountants etc and no one is looking to what is still to come. There is maturity in holding on for something greater that is to come.

So, why do I, Danilo Acquisto, choose to do production AND presenting for Hectic Nine-9?! The answer is simple – I know I still have a LONG way ahead of me in my working career and if I don’t keep up with where the industry is going and keep developing myself and learning new skills then I will miss the band wagon. Remember I started that small online magazine? The reason behind that was to pre-empt the move of traditional publication to the online space and to familiarise myself with how the online space operates so when it does become a trend, I know what I am doing and can keep up. Hence why I am now learning about production and working on a new company which will deal primarily with online video production… All because I KNOW that will be the future. If I chose to just be a presenter for normal TV, eventually I would have missed the trend and would need to catch up and learn about online which will take too much time. I rather choose to up skill myself now in preparation.

What’s the message here?

My message to you is to try and stop looking at what CURRENTLY exists and look to what WILL exist in the near future and begin asking the right questions at school and doing research on the future so that when that wave does crash, you are ready to ride it and make a success of yourself. Did you know that Google and Microsoft and many other big companies have a department solely dedicated to inventing the future?! How are YOU going to be a part of the future if you are young and choose to dwell on the present…

Online IS the future… It’s just up to you whether you choose to learn about it now or later when it is too late.

Here is a TEDTalk I found to encourage new innovative thinking in the present:

Anyway that’s enough ranting from me… I would love to hear some feedback. Please pop all your comments below. Maybe I am being too aggressive and naive? Let me know

Ciao for now,

Danilo Acquisto