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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.

 

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