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#Operation1K

September 24th, 2015 Posted by Competitions, Inspiration, Uncategorized 10 comments

I promised you a big reveal, and HERE IT IS!

Educating and empowering South Africans of all ages is something I’m very passionate about. Investing is another big interest of mine, but I feel there aren’t enough of us out there who understand investing, or utilise it to its full potential (maybe you think it’s too complicated or ‘is only for people with loads of money’)– and it’s to our detriment. When I was only 19 and started earning a bit of money I was encouraged to try and commit to putting at least something away every month. It all started with an investment account. Investing in shares is actually not difficult at all – it just takes a plunge – and I have gone out and found the easiest way to get a foot in the door so you can trust that doing it this was is the best start to something much greater.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I recently learned that of the 53 million South Africans, only 280 000 invest in shares on the JSE. That’s less than half a percent of South Africans. That’s terrible and maybe why we see South Africans in so much debt. It’s widely known that us South Africans aren’t among the best savers (of money) in the world, and as soon as we get cash, we find (what we think are) great ways to spend it (flashy cars, a new watch, a cool phone). Immediately. Not the best idea for our future.

Let’s change that. Let’s start a revolution. Let’s embark on a journey to drive a better culture of investment and saving in South Africa – starting with you and me! I know it sounds intimidating but there are ways to start off nice and easy with a SMALL sum of money. Imagine if you could tell your friends/family that your money grows while theirs sits in a bank and LOSES value.

Kicking off today, I’m issuing you with a challenge, where you’ll be rewarded big time (by me and by your future self).

The challenge is simple:

1) Head on over to https://www.easyequities.co.za/?affiliateid=7&affiliatekey=1uKN%2bkpYBmPcz1Yl92Yc1mFp4NHSaelNH6xC8UAuYwP8d4mK%2b%2f68dQ%3d%3d (it’s VITAL that use use THIS link as that’s the only way to know that you signed up with me)

2) Sign up for an EasyEquities account (It’ll take less than five minutes. I’ve done it!)

3) Once you’ve signed up, FICA your account (using the easy and safe submission process.)

4) Deposit your R50 to start investing (their payment system is 100% secure, so don’t be scared about inserting your payment details. I’ve done it myself and my details are safe.)

5) Once you’ve signed up, take a selfie with your confirmation email/EasyEquities profile page in the background (but be sure NOT to have your personal account details visible) and tag @EasyEquities @DaniloAcquisto #EasyInvesting.

To make life even simpler (and more visual), here are a few 2min videos to help you get the ball rolling:

- How to register an account:

- Why on earth should I start investing:

- How do I FICA?

There are LOADS more videos on their Youtube Channel

 

I promised you rewards, now what are they?

1) If you take up this challenge with me signing up with the link above (between 24 September and 27 October) you stand to win an exclusive one-on-one day out with me. My treat. We’ll head out to one of the coolest spots in your city and spend the morning or afternoon (the winner can decide) hanging out in good company, eating great food, and chatting all things fun, fulfilling, investment and awesome. Heck, we might even snap a few selfies, and there’ll be a few more surprises in store for you.

2) We’ll have some really cool spot prizes along the way between now and 27 October, where anyone who accepts this challenge and starts investing, will stand to win.

3) If you don’t win the one-on-one experience with me this time, you’ll at least have made the first move to taking your financial future into your own hands.

 

As “thanks” for joining me on this quest, I might even throw in a few more surprises along the way… *wink wink*

In the coming weeks, I’ll be with you on the investment journey and will be sharing my top investment tips and some secrets from some of SA’s biggest investors with you on social media and right here on my site.

Now all that’s left for you to do is decide: are you up for the challenge?

If so, let’s get investing! #Operation1K

 

*Featured Image Credit: @GreatGrampops

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New Competition Coming Soon!

September 21st, 2015 Posted by Competitions, Inspiration, News, Opinion Piece 2 comments

I recently learned that of the 53 million South Africans, only 280 000 invest in shares on the JSE. That’s less than 0.5% of our population! That’s a scary number. I am only 24 and after writing my article for the Sunday Times Business Section and receiving all the feedback I got, I felt it was time I took you step by step into how to start investing young!

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On Thursday (24 September) I’ll be revealing a pretty awesome project I’m be embarking on with the legends at www.easyequities.co.za – and the best part about it is that YOU stand to WIN in many epic ways if you join me on the journey.

That’s all I’ll say for now…

In the meantime, be sure to keep tabs on my social media platforms for the big reveal later this week. There are going to be loads of tips and inspiring chats and I can guarantee you that it’s not about having lots of money to invest. It takes R50 and learning how. You LOSE money at the bank. This will help you GAIN money quite simply… I know it’s daunting so stay close and let’s walk this together. It’s actually really simple!

Here’s what happens to your money when you start early:

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Tweet me any questions or comment below.

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PRESENTER SEARCH 101

March 2nd, 2015 Posted by Inspiration 4 comments

So Hectic Nine-9 is looking for new presenters and so is SABC3. If you plan to go to one or both of these, remember the points below. I have been to a few auditions myself and this is what I have taken away from them.

Presenter searches are scary things to attend… But there ARE ways you can prepare yourself for them if you are serious about wanting to put yourself on the line.

1) Prepare yourself to deliver a link. A link is no longer than 15 seconds. It needs to be delivered slowly and in an engaging way that shows your personality – do not try be too serious or contrived – they want to see YOU.

2) Know that by coming you are already past 50% of the way. Most people quit before they even try.

3) The hard truth about television is that when a show is looking for presenters they have already formulated in their minds the ‘type’ of character they want to see on the show. So if you don’t make it through, please don’t feel disheartened – this was just not the opportunity for you. Soon you will go to an audition where they will be looking for someone JUST like you.

4) Create an impression. This can be through your words, your link, your dress, the way you interact with the staff or whatever. Make sure the team remember you and can’t help but smile when they think of your audition.

5) Remember to not be arrogant. It’s your personality that sells on TV, nothing more, nothing less.

6) One of the best tricks I learned from all the auditions I have been to is to actually do your link in front of friends or family that will make you feel uncomfortable. This is good practise for when that camera is rolling and the adrenaline pumps. If you can get it seamlessly with your friends, the camera will be a breeze.

7) Sit before your audition and put yourself in a place where the company tells you that you DO NOT have the job. Feel what it feels like to do your best and be rejected. If you can mentally prepare yourself for that, you have nothing to lose by going to the audition.

8) BE YOURSELF. I keep repeating this, but TV is all about personality. The show doesn’t want a repeat of anyone. So if you are a complete nerd, be that. If you are sexy and sassy, be that. It’s all about how DIFFERENT you are.

9) Remember that you are amazing and capable and awesome… Out of over a thousand, there can only be 1 for this job. Be brave and take it on

 

GOOD LUCK!!!

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My Message To The Youth

December 17th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration 7 comments

Hey Peeps

On Monday I had the huge honour of celebrating my last show presenting for Hectic Nine-9 on SABC2. What an absolutely perfect way to end my 4 years on the show.

My vision for the show was always to take 1 hour to inspire the youth of South Africa. If I know of some of the challenges I faced in my life, it’s always an eye-opener to know that there are children in my country that suffer far more than I ever did. However, the challenges faced are sometimes similar and so I wanted to take my journey and share a few pointers for our youth.

This was my message:

 

If you have any other inspiring words for the youth of South Africa, post them in the comments below and let’s create hope in our seemingly hopeless country.

 

Please also share this with anyone who might be going through a hard time… Let God spread love!!

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There Comes a Time When You Need a Push In Order To FLY

November 24th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration, News 9 comments

In September 2010 a young, wild and curious me took a chance at something new… Four years later it is time for me to take that journey again. This time with so much more experience and understanding. Yes, it’s time for me to open the doors to a new Mlungu for Hectic Nine-9.

I really cannot believe that my journey on Hectic Nine-9 has spanned over 4 years. Those years have seen me graduate with my degree from UCT, present the live show, work as a studio producer for live television, start a company, take on my very own radio show and serve the board of a fantastic organisation. In many ways I have shocked myself by the possibilities one can achieve when you are passionate about something. I do, however, feel that I am starting to outgrow my own shoes and I am itching to take that next dangerous step to allowing me to fly towards even greater success.

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So yes, on 15 December this year I will be hosting my last show on Hectic Nine-9. I did, however, feel as though I owed you all an explanation and to hopefully make you realise that in no way is my decision to leave based on any anger or fear.

 

So why AM I leaving?

You know, I wish there was a simple answer for this question. One of the main reasons that I am leaving is that for anybody to be in one place for too long is unhealthy. Hectic Nine-9 has taught me so much in my four years and has seen me grow from presenter into producer and beyond. I do, however, feel like my opportunities for personal growth are starting to deplete and because I am so passionate about growth and development, I would not be living up to my message if I hung around for safety’s sake – it’s time that I spread my wings and experience a new challenge in my life.

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To reject the fallacy, no there is nothing that I am leaving Hectic Nine-9 specifically for. Rather it’s an opportunity for me to rediscover who I want to be (the me God wants me to be) and to take the time to explore more opportunities in my field.

There are plenty more reasons I could go in to for making this decision but I feel it would not be appropriate on the web. I do want you to know that I am extremely happy and excited for the future.

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Let me elaborate… I am 23 years old and have experienced more work opportunities in my 4 years of TV then most people experience in their entire lives. God has blessed me like that. I do, however, feel as though it would be irresponsible of me to hang on to my opportunities for much longer and to not let other people have the same opportunities I have had. In addition to this, I have a massive fear of being stagnant. I never want to feel like I arrive at work and am learning nothing. In order for me to keep growing as a person, it’s important that I experience new things and take big risks in the hope that it comes with rewards of personal growth. I have big dreams, South Africa, and cannot achieve them by standing in one place. I may have nothing in the immediate pipeline for the future but I cannot create any opportunities while I am still with HN9. I need to experiment, fail, experiment again and fail again… I need to be the best!

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So what’s next?

As it stands, I am going to continue with my radio show on Good Hope FM. On the work front, I am also freelancing as a Development Producer in Cape Town. Other than that I am on the hunt for the next big challenge in my life. This might see me work on more television shows (or behind the scenes), it might see me move to Johannesburg, it might see me start a business or 2, it might see me start a YouTube channel or 2, it might even see me move to the UK to explore how places like the BBC do television and specifically how they incorporate digital as an entertainment medium into the way people consume media.

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Work aside, I do feel like God is calling me to be involved in more service. I will continue to serve as a director on the board of Life Choices, I will be taking a new position as a youth leader at my parish, the entrepreneur in me is going to be working on a few digital platforms I am wanting to develop – one is an innovative look at religion and specifically Catholicism, and the other is in insurance – using online video content to promote saving in our youth. Other than that I will still be assisting Hectic Nine-9 as a freelance studio producer into the new year.

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What has this journey taught me so far?

Wow! I don’t think there is a way that you can speak to 3 million youth on a daily basis and not get affected. HN9 has been my absolute life for the past 4 years and one of the most amazing experiences I have seen was something I saw on Facebook recently. When I had started on the show in 2010 I had accepted a series of fans on my private Facebook account (as I didn’t think I would be there for long). These kids were only 15 or so at the time. Recently I have seen all their posts of glory as they are starting to be accepted into universities and winning accolades. I cannot believe that I have journeyed with our youth during some of the toughest years of anyones life. How proud I feel that our viewers are achieving so much with their lives and inspiring their peers.

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Another lesson I have learned is that people do business with people. Not once have I received a vote of thanks or message of praise from a fan purely because of the fact that I am on TV. Rather, I was receiving votes of thanks and messages of praise because of how everyone that watches the show on a daily basis connected deeply with something personal they knew about me. It has been such an important lesson to remember – that people aren’t stupid. They will know if you are being fake with them, so be real ALWAYS! And be the authentic you always – bruises and all.

Never lose hope! If there is one thing that the youth of South Africa should be proud of, it’s their ability to never lose hope. Every day you interact with us on air, I am overwhelmed by your desire to learn, grow and become the person you want to be. It has inspired me to keep going in spite of the many challenges I face on a daily basis.

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This isn’t goodbye!

You and I will get a chance to say our final goodbyes on the 15th of December so I have decided to not speak for too long here. Just know that I am not abandoning you. I will always have a special place in my heart for the youth of my beloved country. One day when you are all entrepreneurs, famous TV stars, dancers, actors, lawyers, doctors or even fisherman and policeman, I hope you will send me a message so I can revel in your success with you. Continue to shine positivity and light to your peers and loved ones and never forget that you are not alone in whatever circumstance you may find yourself in. God has a great big plan and you are exactly where you are meant to be. Smile!

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I wanted to leave you with a message I received on Facebook in the hope that it will inspire you to use your life to grow other people around you:

Dear Danilo

It has taken me a whole lot of courage to write to you this message but here goes nothing…

I am telling you this story of mine because I believe sharing something personal with someone brings some sort of healing. I was born with a severe heart muscle condition and recently I’ve been told that I will only live for the next year or two maximum. Seems like a very short time left isn’t it? But each day I have is a gift and grateful to still be here and I always remember that God has my life in His hands and has the final say. When I watch you present, its like you speak to my heart, I felt a sense of peace that came over me. I believe that God was blessing me through YOU and I want to say Thank You for being that blessing in my life. I can’t even put into words the joy and peace I got from you.

You encourages me to let my faith keep me going even in this situation I am in. Thank You for always sharing your wisdom, it really reflects on what a kind and gentle heart you have. You are an amazing person Danilo, beautiful inside and out and I pray that God may continue to bless you in everything you do.

I have grown to love you as this God-Fearing man so Thank You for who you are and I will always be a fan in this lifetime and in the next.

If heaven can’t wait to have me then I can’t wait to tell heaven about you.

Love always”

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Lots of love #DANcers and I know we will see each other on your screens again soon! Please keep supporting me the way you have been and follow me on this digital journey as I try and bring South Africa one step closer to the modern era of digital TV.

 

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The Power of Introverts

September 17th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration 7 comments

So all too often I get called a loud mouth… I am the typical example of what might be termed an extrovert. I thrive off being the centre of attention, being loud and feeding off people.

It has always been the viewpoint that people like me are the best to have in a company – we are innovative, able to sell, we contribute to society…

But today I just want to paint another viewpoint. Today I realised the power of introverts. I also realised how dangerous it can be for an extrovert to overshadow an introvert. The video I have attached is awesome! So much to learn from it. I wish more companies and teachers would watch it! Quiet people aren’t strange – they are highly intelligent and take a while to process information but when they do, the results are mind-blowing!

So learn to understand yourself better and realise you DO have a unique role to play. Work to those strengths.

Introverts ROCK and here’s why:

 

 

If you are an introvert and liked this, please share it with your friends! Also, comments welcome

Ciao for now!