Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book Review: 7 Reasons Why Filipinos Will Change The World by Mike Grogan

The story of the Filipino is like the story of the butterfly, it cannot see how beautiful its wings are. Sometimes it takes an outsider to remind them of that beauty.

- Mike Grogan

When I first posted the cover of Mike Grogan's latest book entitled "7 Reasons Why Filipinos Will Change The World" on my Facebook account, a friend guessed singing, beauty pageant, boxing and OFWs as some of the reasons. While it's true that these things help put the Philippines on the map, the book focused on the unique traits that make Filipinos excel not just in singing, beauty pageant, and boxing, but in other industries as well.

In his book, Mike Grogan, an Irish national who has been living in the Philippines since 2014, described the different traits and culture unique to Filipinos. Culture passed on to us by our forefathers, such as bayanihan (being helpful without expecting compensation or reward), being madiskarte (resourceful), and being mapagbigay (generous), to name a few, that a foreigner like him couldn't help but notice.

Unfortunately, while these things are innate to most Filipinos, some of us forget or fail to acknowledge them as part of our strengths. He described us perfectly, that we are like butterflies that cannot see the beauty of their wings. That's why I would like to thank Mike for coming up with this book and remind us these things. I have to admit, there were several times I've said "Oo nga" in agreement to what he wrote.

The book is only 36 pages long and can be finished in one sitting. The cover said that you can read it in 30 minutes, but since I'm a slow reader, I needed an hour to finish it. :P It's interesting how Mike wrote each chapter. He started it with a Filipino saying, followed by a Visayan and English translation. The text is easy to understand and the examples he used are things Filipinos can easily relate to. I had fun reading Mike's book that I actually read it twice. :)

Mike Grogan - 7 Reasons Why Filipinos Will Change the World Sample Page

While the book is written for Filipinos here and abroad, I must say that it's also a good read for foreigners to help them understand the Filipino culture. It's also something that Filipinos who were born and raised abroad can read to know more about our culture.

It is my honor to play my part in serving your people. Yet it breaks my heart to see so many Filipinos who do not believe in themselves, who do not believe in their country, who do not believe in their fellow Filipino.

- Mike Grogan

It's nice to know that despite of the negativity surrounding our country, with some Filipinos losing hope and choosing to move to other countries instead, an Irish guy still believes that the greatest victory of the Filipino still lies in the horizon. That there would be a first-world Philippines built on the spirit of bayanihan, created by the genius of diskarte, that practices bigayan daily.

Mike Grogan's 7 Reasons Why Filipinos Will Change The World is available in National Bookstore and Fully Booked branches. To download the ebook version for free, just visit Special thanks to Ms. Mary Gabaya for my signed copy. :)

About Mike Grogan

Mike Grogan is an International Speaker and Best-Selling Author who believes in the Genius of the Filipino. As a Lean Management Expert, Irish native Mike has travelled to 39 countries around the world but he believes that there is something very special about the Filipino.

Today, he works as a Training Consultant for People Dynamics where he travels across the Philippines inspiring, motivating and empowering organizations every week to become World-Class and believe in the Filipino Dream.

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