Hi there, thanks for taking the time to visit my about page. I’m Jacques van Heerden, born and raised in a small surfing town, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. I’m married to the beautiful Carli van Heerden and currently busy traveling around the world, looking for new opportunities, connecting with like-minded people, and creating lasting memories.
I’m an entrepreneur, investor, and podcaster who founded the An1ken Group in 2007 on the premise that any one can be successful. The group portfolio consists of more than 20 companies in different industries across the world.
In the last couple of years, most of my time have been focused on expanding the group’s reach and growing the companies in their own unique ways. I’ve failed more than I’ve succeeded, but being an opportunist I’m never short on new ideas. I’m always looking out for the next big thing and enjoy building sustainable companies that give back to the community. All of our companies have either been founded under the An1ken umbrella, formed through strategic partnerships, or acquired from individuals or companies.
Even though we’ve built up a portfolio of companies, I’ve realized that empowering individuals to achieve greatness is what I’m really passionate about in life.
If you don’t invest time in educating others, how can you call yourself a leader? – Jacques van Heerden
Empowering people to garner results is my passion
My goal with this website is to empower individuals and businesses to take that next step towards becoming successful. Living paycheck to paycheck isn’t going to make you rich, it might make you comfortable, but it isn’t putting you in charge of your road map to success. You need to rise above the rest, differentiate your thought patterns, break free from small mindsets, and realize that learning really only starts after graduation. You might think that you’re a nobody, you might think that you aren’t smart enough to do this. However, any one can be successful. They just need the right methods, principles, and commitment to go hand in hand.
So whether you have been a successful entrepreneur for years, just started your own business, or thinking of doing so, I hope that I will be able to encourage and inspire you to work harder, develop yourself, your business, and reach your goals in life. It’s time to step into your purpose and achieve greatness in your business and in your life.
I’m always excited to connect with new people. So let’s connect.
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All the best,
Jacques van Heerden