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Book Review: The Rise of the Pinoy by Mike Grogan

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Thursday, 23 June 2016 - Last Updated on June 23, 2016
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If there’s anything that last week’s Independence Day celebrations have taught us, it’s that the Filipino people are strong, resilient, and made for success. It’s only a matter of confidence, and there is certainly no lack of it in Mike Grogan’s book, The Rise of the Pinoy. Just what is it about our proud race that makes us so incredibly awesome? If you’re not quite sure what to answer, then this book is for you.

Heartwarming, thought-provoking, simple, purposeful, and packed with the wisdom only true Pinoy pride can bring, The Rise of the Pinoy aims to transform mindsets and empower Filipinos to reach their full potential. It already has and is still changing lives with its inspirational messages that will stir any go-getter to action with challenges, tips, and encouragements. The book is the perfect roadmap for anyone searching for their purpose, their passion, and the meaning of their lives, as this masterpiece is all about living life to the fullest and looking forward to a better and brighter future for our country. It truly is a force to be reckoned with.

Journey to the core of your very being and go on a personal voyage to a compelling self-development and awaken a whole new you!

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Irish Motivational Speaker Mike Grogan has traveled over 30 countries before deciding to live in the Philippines as his home. Because he is all about Filipino Excellence, he firmly believes that we’ll have a First World country someday soon, and if this life coach and trainer knows that as an absolute certainty, then why shouldn’t we?

Are you ready to keep your passions burning and soar to greatness? If you’ve ever found yourself struggling with your place in this world, fret not. The Rise of the Pinoy offers practical and actionable tips in all aspects of life, whether your hurdles are all about your career or centered on your love life. As you unleash your potential as a true Pinoy in this ever-growing world, you will realize just how extraordinary you truly are and emerge as a better version of yourself on the path to success.

The Filipinos have had a long history of subservience to foreign conquerors, and with this hardship came our hard-earned resilience to overwhelming adversity. Through the years, we as a people have learned to overcome difficulties against all odds, and yet somehow, the book states that we still lack the confidence to take matters into our own hands when it comes to owning and mastering multinational companies and undeveloped industries. We still need to strive, but we certainly thrive in whatever environment we are in.

This is because Filipinos excel when it comes to high-quality service. We are always concerned, always patient, and always hospitable. Filipinos can be world-class, and if you have ever doubted that for a minute, Mike Grogan says that you shouldn’t. It’s all about the mindset—if you instill that idea into your head and let that reflect your attitude and disposition in life, then you’ve already won—at least, you’re halfway there. To help you on your way, the book has particular challenges and exercises at the end of every chapter. It’s imperative that you do these exercises to inspire you and set you on the right course. They’re incredibly simple and surprisingly effective; you’ll know just how powerful these little exercises can be once you start doing them. Some take only five minutes of your time and yet can affect your whole life!

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Mike Grogan also suggests that readers join The Rise of the Pinoy Community group on Facebook to share stories and learn more about being a power Pinoy. If these aren’t enough, the book offers a wealth of personal experiences and success stories that will move you to action from role models and entrepreneurs such as Josh Mahinay who is the founder of Bag 943, Best-Selling Author Francis Kong, and Krie Reyes Lopez who is the founder of Messy Bessy. Their personal encounters, recollections, and meaningful anecdotes will provide more than enough motivation to set Filipinos towards greatness—something that has always been within us all this time. For instance, according to Bo’s Coffee CEO Steve Benitez, you should not rush into finding your passion. He says that if you can’t find your passion, your passion will find you—this kind of advice will help you take the leap and yet be cautious enough to know that what you are doing is what you really love to do. To add to that, Mike Grogan says that you should never follow your dreams. What you should do instead is to test your dreams and find out if it’s really for you.

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It’s also an important habit to remember your inspiration every single day. What is it that inspires you and encourages you to do what you do each day? What is your motive? The problem is not really the lack of inspiration—it’s often how forgetful we are that’s the real issue. We usually forget what motivates us, so we should make a conscious effort to remember what spurs us on every day. Moreover, if you have the wrong motive for what you are doing, then nothing will ever be right. Take time to think about your big WHY. Another idea is to think about how unique you are and how much you have contributed to society as a whole. What fantastic achievement in your community or in your family would not have happened if it weren’t for you?

Here are more random but powerful bits of insights from the book:

  • What are you afraid of? Who is your greatest enemy? Instead of focusing on your fear, focus on your past successes and victories. Think positive!
  • Embrace the pain. Every hardship and every broken heart has a unique purpose. These make you stronger, and if you let the healing process begin, you’ll be better than ever.
  • Even the smallest victories can change you. Think about that 1% effort in your life that makes you even just 1% better every day. What amazing thing can you do today?
  • Success is a choice, so choose it!

Oh, and by the way, 10% of all the royalties of the author from The Rise of the Pinoy goes to donations for Gawad Kalinga. What can be more empowering than that?

*Photos from official Facebook page.

Cathy Dellosa-Lo (102 Posts)

Cathy Dellosa Lo is a freelance writer by day and a geek by night. She constantly struggles between sniffing the novels lined up in her bookshelf and trying to whip up something unusual in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her loving husband. To this day, she still has not cooked a decent meal. She one day hopes to soar the skies as a superhero for her future children, but for now, she strongly believes in saving lives through her works in fiction. She also maintains a personal blog on her rookie misadventures as a noob wife at http://quirkylifeofthenoobwife.blogspot.com/ .


About Cathy Dellosa-Lo

Cathy Dellosa Lo is a freelance writer by day and a geek by night. She constantly struggles between sniffing the novels lined up in her bookshelf and trying to whip up something unusual in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her loving husband. To this day, she still has not cooked a decent meal. She one day hopes to soar the skies as a superhero for her future children, but for now, she strongly believes in saving lives through her works in fiction. She also maintains a personal blog on her rookie misadventures as a noob wife at http://quirkylifeofthenoobwife.blogspot.com/ .

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