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Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Contents - By Mike Gro­gan

THERE is some­thing very spe­cial about the Filipino. I see it, but the real ques­tion is does the Filipino him­self see it? It is now two years since I de­cided to make the Philip­pines my home and on a daily ba­sis I still get asked why I choose to live here. My an­swer is very di­rect. This coun­try and its peo­ple have made me a bet­ter per­son. There is some­thing about the char­ac­ter of the Filipino that I have not seen in any other coun­try in the world. I have not seen an­other na­tion­al­ity model the val­ues of care, em­pa­thy and com­pas­sion like a Filipino. As a re­sult I have be­come a bet­ter per­son from call­ing Filipinos my friends. And in re­turn I believe that my mis­sion in

There is some­thing about the char­ac­ter of the Filipino that I have not seen in any other coun­try in the world.”

life is to serve the Philip­pines.

When I look at this coun­try I only see one great chal­lenge fac­ing it. False lim­it­ing be­liefs. That is what I believe is the only thing hold­ing back this coun­try from reach­ing its great­ness. I believe my mis­sion now is to help oth­ers iden­tify and over­come the false lim­it­ing be­liefs that are hold­ing them back from their po­ten­tial and ac­cel­er­ate their jour­ney to be­come world-class.

To­day I get to travel the Philip­pines as a speaker meet­ing thou­sands of Pi­noys each week. To date I have spo­ken to over 100 plus or­ga­ni­za­tions from gov­ern­ment agen­cies (BSP, Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, DBP), to schools (De La Salle, Ate­neo, Univer­sity of Visayas) to big busi­nesses (BPI, Con­ver­gys, Na­tional Book­store), and each time I feel like I am walk­ing on holy ground. The au­di­ences are mostly shocked to see me. They are shocked that a for­eigner cares so much and be­lieves so much in the po­ten­tial of this coun­try. I tell peo­ple that this is the great­est time in his­tory to be in the Philip­pines. It is the great­est time in his­tory to be a Filipino. It is my firm be­lief that we will see a First World Philip­pines in our life­time. We re­ally can cre­ate Bayani­han Econ­omy, where no one is left be­hind. That’s what I believe that this coun­try can achieve. We will see a model of pros­per­ity and in­clu­sive growth that can in­spire the en­tire world. About Mike Mike Gro­gan is an In­ter­na­tional Speaker and BestSelling Au­thor who be­lieves in the Ge­nius of the Pi­noy. As a Man­age­ment Trainer, Ir­ish na­tive Mike has trav­eled to over 30 coun­tries around the world, but he be­lieves that there is some­thing very spe­cial about the Filipino. Since 2014 Mike has lived in Metro Manila where he trav­els across the Philip­pines in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing tens of thou­sands of Pi­noys to believe in the Filipino Dream.

Mike in Cebu this Septem­ber

Mike re­turns to Cebu on Sept. 15 to 21. He has al­ready spo­ken to some of the coun­try’s most well-known busi­nesses, schools and gov­ern­ment agen­cies. To bring him to in­spire and mo­ti­vate your or­ga­ni­za­tion please con­tact Mary mary@mikegro­gan.ph / 0917 4941297

Mike Gro­gan dis­cusses the rise of the Pi­noy to stu­dents of St. Louis Col­lege Cebu

Giv­ing a talk at Bangko Sen­tral ng Pilip­inas Cebu Re­gional Of­fice

Book sign­ing at Moven­pick Ho­tel Mac­tan Is­land Cebu

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