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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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Some Winter Fashion Trends for MEN – by Francois Louw

June 4th, 2015 Posted by Opinion Piece, Uncategorized No Comment yet

Fashion and beauty consultant Francois Louw popped in to my website to shed some pearls of fashion wisdom for the guys out there this winter. As you know my fashion journey has been long but it is something I am proud to say I work hard at. It’s never easy to know which items to buy and how to make them look great. That’s why I am so glad Francois stopped by to talk us through some trends for this year – I am clueless! Francois gives some advice:

 

A shining winter coat of amour with a bit of fur. Even I was taken aback with just how much fur – fake or otherwise – there was at the men’s show this time around. While real pelts aren’t for everyone, the easiest way to incorporate this into your wardrobe is with a (faux) shearling collar bomber jacket.

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Monochromatic look – all different shades of the same colour base - If you’re looking for an easy-to-wear trend, it’s hard to beat the coming season’s black and white pairings. The trick to getting this right: keep it almost-all black, mix up your materials (wool, leather and cotton) and invest in at least one item with a monochromatic pattern. Other monochromatic Looks: Full on white, full on black, or full on denim, take your pick. The solid-hued look is huge this winter season.

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White sneakers Rain doesn’t fall often in the Middle Eastern region, which means there won’t be fragments of mud on your shoes, which means: all the more reason to wear WHITE shoes! Complete a full on white monochrome look with a pair of white loafers. The time for coloured sneakers is over, white is all the noise now!

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Statement suits - Turns out, those checked suits from last winter were just easing us into a whole new era of bold tailoring. Pattern-wise there are no rules on what you should go for next season although stand-outs, so go for whatever feels right to you.

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Dinner jackets that you wear to a party or known as The Fancy Tuxedo Jacket: It can be printed, velvet, or embroidered, it just has to be a fancy tuxedo jacket!

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Coloured Leather Jackets: For decades, leather jackets have been THE winter trend for men. They can be worn with almost anything: suits, casual wear, or sportswear. This winter, the new leather jacket trend is: Coloured. Oxen red, royal blue, kaki, and beige, are just a few of the coloured options available this season.

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MORE ON FRANCOIS:

Francois is passionate about the beauty industry and how it can help people enhance their image and confidence.  He is a regular guest consultant on The Link SABC1, ETV- ENCA, VUZU – V-Entertainment and the SABC Afrikaans radio station RSG, Jacaranda, PowerFM and SAFM.

His voice is well known on SABC radio on many advertising campaigns and he is currently on the celebrity panel of judges on South Africa’s newest reality TV show, Fashion Guru SA which will be seen in 2015 .


Francois hosts image workshops for corporate company’s and for the private sector and specifically concentrates Hair, Make-up, styling and wardrobe workshops.

 

Follow him:

@FrancoisLouw1

https://www.facebook.com/francoislouwbeauty

http://www.francoislouw.co.za

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A MINI Adventure

April 29th, 2015 Posted by Opinion Piece, Uncategorized 1 comment

Recently I have been feeling quite overwhelmed by the opportunities that had presented themselves to me (no pun intended). Life has been a rollercoaster, work has been manic, my church work has all come to a climax, my service work has required my undivided attention and in the process I have been struggling to stay afloat. In a moment of prayer, I felt so strongly that I needed to take a break, even just for a weekend, to learn to appreciate again the many blessings that I had and to be reminded that what was going on in my life was actually such a blessing and not a curse. The sad news was that I just couldn’t find a gap anywhere in my schedule… And so I stole THE most epic adventure EVER one Friday night!!

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One Friday afternoon I called up a few friends and we decided we were going to go on an adventure for the evening. We weren’t sure where the night would take us but we sure as hell knew that we all needed a break from this very serious life we had all been living. We wanted something new, something beautiful and a chance to just be away.

 

Sure as nuts we decided to take a drive out to one of the most beautiful parts of the Cape, Noordhoek. We had no idea what we would be doing there, and so the unexpected journey began.

 

Let’s just start by saying driving that Ou Kaapse Weg road during sunset in the brand new Mini Cooper we were in, was just absolutely spectacular. That was a beautiful getaway in and of itself. We arrived at Café Roux because we knew that they always have something awesome to showcase and on this night there was a band I had never heard of called John Wizards playing. They were, for lack of better words, strange, but I so enjoyed the sound… And little did I know they actually had quite a large following!

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Here is one of their songs called Muizenberg:

This one is a live performance of Lusaka By Night:

 

Anyway, after getting into the groove at Café Roux and having a completely overpriced burger, it was time to go and explore the area. We took a quick drive down the road and spotted what seemed to be an abandoned horse show-jumping ground. The stars were out, the moon was bright so the 4 of us jumped the rail, scurried through the dark field to find swings hanging from the trees. We swung in the dark, laughed, got dizzy, fell… And it was time to sit in the open field, fall back and look at the stars in the quiet night sky. My cousin, Sven, decided this wasn’t enough after a while and so the ghost stories began to flow… We laughed, got goose bumps, stared some more at the nights sky and all its beauty appreciating Gods creation until sanity kicked in and we realised that it was time we snapped back to reality and head home before we were found trespassing. I so hope the owner of the farm doesn’t read this – Sorry Mr farmer, your swings were great!

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We all piled back into the Mini and were on our way back home over those beautiful hills. The mood in the car was almost silent as we all looked in awe of how beautiful Cape Town was. It made me realise that in the rat race I had been living, I forgot to take a step back and see that in fact, my life is about far more than the successes of my work and that for me to truly find fruit in my work it is a necessity (and not a nice-to-have) to take a break and appreciate exactly where you are NOW instead of focusing on where you always think you still need to go. With all the violence we are seeing in our news, it is hard to sometimes recognise goodness and so it is important to TAKE goodness, for if we also spread hatred and sadness, where will people experience joy from?… Thank you to Hayely, Dwight and my cousin Sven for joining me on this epically unexpected journey. I am glad I got to share some joy with you! Let’s do it again soon.

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To Mini Auto Atlantic, if it weren’t for the car you guys gave me, this adventure would never have been inspired. The car is INCREDIBLE and one day I hope to not only have the honour of driving it, but of owning it. The new Mini Cooper is such a legend – I am in love!! It has all the bells and whistles, turbo-charged engine flashy lights, epic interior and more. You can check out these cool cats here: http://www.mini-autoatlantic.co.za

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Until my next post, ciao for now…

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My Freak Finger Accident

March 13th, 2015 Posted by News, Uncategorized 6 comments

I must warn you that if you are the type of person that looks away at some of the scenes in Grey’s Anatomy, then this is NOT the blog for you – GRAPHIC IMAGES!

 

As some of you may have seen on social media, on Tuesday 10 March 2015 on a regular morning I arrived at gym with my gym trainer as I do most mornings and began my session as per normal. About half way through my session, we had finished doing bench press with free weights and I was on my first set of incline press. After my 12 reps I attempted to drop the weights at my side so I could sit up… And this is where the freak accident happened.

 

I was unaware that next to me were lying the weights from my previous set. As I let go of the 20kg weights my right ring finger got slammed between the weights I let go and the weights that were lying next to me – crushing the tip of my finger. At first it just felt like I had slammed my finger in the door. That is until I decided to look at the finger… This is what I saw:

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Gross right?! Well naturally we rushed off to hospital to have it checked out. I didn’t scream or anything but I remember clearly praying out loud and feeling ill and faint in the parking lot. After a big mistake (ending up at some dodgy hospital) my brother and his fiancé transferred me to Mediclinic in Gardens. They were INCREDIBLE – brilliant nurses and doctors.

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Later that afternoon I was admitted into surgery where the surgeon had to rebuild my nail bed, align the tip of my bone, remove my nail and re sew my nail back on as a temporary splint. It was a short 1-hour surgery and probably looks much worse than it was, but DAMN it was an ordeal. Can you believe that he put stitches through my nail to keep it in place?!

3 days later I had to go visit the surgeon again to check the wound. Check out the stitches:

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This was probably the most painful part. Looks like he did a great job, but still so gruesome!

 

Anyway, in the process I have learned how hard it is to brush your teeth with your left hand, how hard it is to wash your left armpit with your left hand, how hard driving is with 1 hand, how frustrating typing is and how impossible it is to write with my left hand.

 

I must give a big thank you to my family, my gym trainer (Dan), my surgeon and all the nurses (who all were so kind and wanted to say hello because of my days on Hectic Nine-9) and to YOU for the incredible support. I literally have been dealing with the best and felt so loved!

 

Now I’m on my 6-week road to recovery… Prayers welcome!

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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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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!

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

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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

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An Expresso for the youth

June 24th, 2014 Posted by Interviews No Comment yet

On June 16th (Youth Day) I spent the day with the lively peeps at Expresso Morning Show on SABC3.

Youth Day is about reminding ourselves of the legacy that was left by the youth that came before us and to have a look at what challenges we now face in our present and using that same gusto and drive to see change brought to South Africa.

You can watch a portion of the interview here:

You can also check out the interview on the website:

http://www.expressoshow.com/articles/Youth-Day-Dj-Loyd-&-Danilo-Acquisto.html?articleID=6566

Ciao for now

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