First-World Philippines with Mike Grogan author of "The Rise of the Pinoy"

Special Episode 102: Fears and Fearlessness

An episode of First-World Philippines with Mike Grogan author of "The Rise of the Pinoy"

By Mike Grogan
Mike Grogan is a Kaizen Expert and Management Consultant who has helped dozens of companies in the Philippines increase their output and efficiency. Directly mentored by Toyota Sensei’s and Certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Mike has helped companies from multiple different industries implement Kaizen in America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and now the Philippines. Since 2014, Mike’s programs have impacted over 100,000 Filipinos. Irish native Mike is the author of five books and the co-founder of The Rise of the Pinoy. As of February 2019, he has over 270,000 followers.
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Re-release: Episode #36: The Wrap Up Planning Method
 In this 2-minute episode, Mike shares a powerful planning tip that will allow you to get the results that you want out of your any task or project, or just make the most of your day. A proven method for success! 
03:07
June 9, 2019
Episode 106: You cannot be a Coach to everyone; Why present is more important than the future and the past with EJ Zara
EJ Zara is a professional executive coach who has designed and delivered high-powered globally accredited development trainings and coaching. He has been tapped for his expertise in organizational strategic management and planning by companies such as Nike, Accenture, Philhealth, SSS, Board of Investments, Philippine AXA Life, Vishay Philippines, Inc., Philippine Heart Center, Intellectuall Property Office of the Philippines, Asiawide Refreshments Corporation, GMA, Social Housing and Finance Corporation, among others.  My coach, mentor and thinking partner, EJ Zara has been helping me to become the best version of myself. In this episode, we talked about how he helps and coaches people. Where his inspiration, insights and advice are coming from.   https://www.breakthroughleadership.asia/ej-zara 
1:20:40
June 1, 2019
Special Episode: Learning the Habit of Reading
The benefits of reading are amazing. That's why I formed the habit of reading for myself a long time ago. Not only it gives you a vast array of knowledge and improves your vocabulary, it is also proven that it reduces stress, upgrades your analytical skills and memory enhancement. Listen to some of the leaders in the Philippines on what they can say about reading. **Contains Filipino Language**
07:25
May 25, 2019
Re-release episode 32: Staying Hydrated
As the sun scorches the Philippines during summer, it is important for us to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. But aside from that, did you know that there are other benefits that you can get from drinking H20? It can make you more productive throughout the day and many more. Listen to this short episode to know more.
03:53
May 17, 2019
Episode 105: Where Light Meets Darkness: A Pilgrim's Sacred Muse; A book by Jonathan Heppner
 Where light meets darkness’ is a prophet’s call, a sage’s whisper, a bard’s song…asking us to listen, to pause, and to understand the wonder of present Grace; a Grace that traces our hearts and tells the story of our souls. this is a book of intersections, exploring the possibility of who we could be, meeting the wonder of who we already are. filled with stories, reflections, poetry and pointed thoughts, these words will ask you to long consider the truth of your life. Jonathan Heppner's book is probably one of the best books I've ever read in the past 10 years. Make sure to listen to episode 105 of The First World Philippines podcast to know how and why Jonathan wrote his book. It’s available in limited edition print in the Philippines AND on amazon in kindle and print form! check the link for more info : www.wherelightmeetsdarkness.com audiobook is coming soon. #wherelightmeetsdarkness Link to the book on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1090738536/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0   https://www.amazon.com/Jonathan-Heppner/e/B07R82573J?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1557307000&sr=8-2&fbclid=IwAR3wzUJUiYt5ltptXbSyeh5Nyb0rSHw2weSJ0QcflI0eelLFbfj-faoBE3A 
1:20:36
May 11, 2019
Episode 104: Empowering and Making an Impact on 100,000 Filipinos with Penny Bongato
 Penny Bongato, a professional coach, Filipino motivational speaker, author, and the first Filipina Canfield Certified Trainer in the Philippines and in Asia, shares her vision for the Philippines and how she can impact the lives of 100,000 Filipinos. **Contains Filipino Language**  https://pennybongato.online/about/ 
51:45
May 3, 2019
Episode 103: Work from Home Filipino Moms, How to earn and be with your family at the same time with Mommy MK
Filipinos are very family-oriented especially moms . They would stay with their family as much as they could but because of the need to work and provide for their family, they need to work somewhere else or worse, forced to go overseas leaving their families behind . But with the technology today, this is being slowly cured. Working from home is now an option. Maria Korina Bertulfo, founder of Filipina Homebased Moms group on Facebook, is empowering Filipinos to engage in working from home. The group has  130,685 members and has helped a lot of Filipinos land a job online.  Filipina Homebased Moms Website:   https://fhmoms.com/  Filipina Homebased Moms Facebook Link:  fb.com/groups/fhmoms  *Contains Filipino Language*
29:48
April 22, 2019
Re-released Episode: What Advice Would You Give Your 20-Year Old Self?
If you can go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self? Listen to the answers of David Bonifacio of New Leaf Ventures, Noey Lopez of Starbucks Philippines, Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy, Anna Meloto-Wilk of Human Nature, Pocholo Gonzales a.k.a. The Voicemaster, and Shirley Maya Tan of The Art of the Fearless Living.   **Contains Filipino Language**
06:03
April 12, 2019
Special Episode 102: Fears and Fearlessness
What is your greatest fear and most fearless experience so far?  In this special episode, we turn the table and ask Mike of his fears and his most fearless experience by the time. 
05:05
April 5, 2019
Episode 101: The Struggles and Sacrifice of being an OFW with Mhy De Guzman
It goes without saying that being an OFW is arduous and requires sacrifice and pure dedication. But Filipinos are willing to do those for their family. If you are planning to leave the Philippines and work abroad, you SHOULD listen to this as Mhy De Guzman talks about the life and real struggles of being an OFW.
06:51
March 29, 2019
Episode 100: Why would an Expat hire Filipinos? Are they good enough?
"If I had to hire 10 employees, 9 of them would be in the Philippines." I had an amazing chat with my very good friend Jonathan Levi, a serial entrepreneur, author, and lifehacker. He’s the author of the blockbuster Become a SuperLearner series and the host of the award-winning Becoming SuperHuman podcast. We talked about the best qualities of Filipinos since 60% of his team are. Visit their website, https://becomingasuperhuman.com/
08:42
March 22, 2019
Episode 99: The killer that takes 17 thousand lives a day with Dr. Greg Suarez
According to the World Health Organization, Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year.  We deep dived in this topic here in the Philippines and how it directly and indirectly affects all Filipinos. 
27:37
March 15, 2019
Episode 98: The TRUE POTENTIAL of the Philippines and Filipinos with Pastor Jonathan Heppner: Part 2
Over cups of coffee, Pastor Jonathan and I had a chat about what it is like being a Canadian living in the Philippines for 18 years. He pointed out various topics about what Filipinos can do to make this country first-world. Jonathan also took me back 18 years ago as he talked about the difference of the Philippines from when he first arrived. There's so much to absorb in this episode of the podcast, as any of our episodes, so make sure not to miss any of them.
42:51
March 8, 2019
Episode 97: The TRUE POTENTIAL of the Philippines and Filipinos with Pastor Jonathan Heppner: Part 1
Over cups of coffee, Pastor Jonathan and I had a chat about what it is like being a Canadian living in the Philippines for 18 years. He pointed out various topics about what Filipinos can do to make this country first-world. Jonathan also took me back and talked about the difference of the Philippines from when he first arrived  here when he was just 12 years old compared to now. Listen to this part of our conversation and be sure to look out for part 2!
44:15
March 4, 2019
Episode 96: Financial Stability, Breaking free from Debts with Financial Literacy Advocate Don Soriano
After passing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Board Exam as Top 7 last 2011, Don Soriano lived the high life. After enjoying an extravagant life eating at high-end fine dining places, even buying a sports car despite a failing business and unemployment, he went bankrupt with a Php500,000 debt to pay off. Now,  Don is a serial entrepreneur, Businessman, a World-Class Speaker, a Best-Selling Author and a Financial Literacy Advocate. Listen to this episode to learn how he managed to get out from half a million peso debt in less than 3 years. He shares tips and tricks, what mindset to have in order to be financially stable and free of debts.
38:49
February 22, 2019
Episode 95: Young Focus, a bright light in Tondo, Manila; How 2 foreigners founded a school in the Philippines
 In the Smokey Mountain area of Manila, tens of thousands of families rely on scavenging and recycling garbage for a living. Financial constraints, as well as a lack of educational and social support mean that many children are unable to complete their education, and in turn, are unable to break the cycle of poverty.   Young Focus runs a day care center for malnourished 0 – 2 year olds, as well as a preschool to ensure children aged 3 – 5 have access to early education and care. This is combined with training for their parents in health, nutrition, hygiene and parenting skills. 
1:13:34
February 15, 2019
Episode 94: Finding Your Passion, Why and How to Chase Your Dreams with Pastor Bebo Bharwani
Bebo Bharwani, a Pastor of Church Simplified turned his life rejections into new directions. We talk about how people should have the right mindset when handling negative situations in their lives, how God guides you toward His better plans for you, despite the many things lacking in your life.
34:55
February 9, 2019
Episode 93: Primed Life with Chad Davis, How to Live Healthy Without Traditional Healthy Practices.
Health and wellness coach, author of The Primed Life, Chad Davis, shares his expertise and experience on how to live healthier without taking medicines, exercising in the gym and other traditional healthy practices that we thought was the most effective way. 
40:26
February 4, 2019
Episode 92: Benefits of Emotional Intelligence, Applying It to Your Professional and Personal Life
Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. With Ruby Manalac, an Emotional Intelligence practitioner, we dive into the benefits of having an Emotional Intelligence when applied to work, friends and family. 
17:20
January 27, 2019
Episode 91: Adrian Pantonial: Giving Up a 12-Year Career for Freelancing and What Money Can't Buy
Adrian Pantonial worked for 12 years in the BPO industry. While it pays well, he decided to leave that path and pursue freelancing in events hosting, teaching, and writing. He also shares a very personal and emotional tragedy that served as a wake up call for him.
38:07
January 13, 2019
Episode 90: Finding Your Passion: How a Frenchman Turned into a Farmer in the Philippines
Louis Faure was looking for a new and challenging environment during his gap year in college. Not knowing what to expect, he chose the Philippines and became a social entrepreneur in Gawad Kalinga, Angat Bulacan. There, he raised native chickens and truly fell in love with the country's people and culture, and decided to stay for four years now.
38:35
January 4, 2019
Episode 89: Why Did a British Guy Choose to Live and Work with the Poor in the Philippines?
Author of the best-selling book The Genius of the Poor and founder of Mad Travel, Tom Graham, ditched his suit and tie, and decided to live and work with the poor communities of Gawad Kalinga.  There, he discovered the genius of the Filipino people and fell in love with the country. 
1:06:44
December 27, 2018
Episode 88: OFW for 17 years, Excellent Job; But What Made Jocelyn Pick Come Back in the Philippines?
Jocelyn Pick, President of Profiles Asia Pacific, Inc., was overseas for 17 years but what made her come back? She talked about why she decided to return to the Philippines for good despite having an excellent job abroad. And how she defines it as one of the best decisions she made in her life.
49:03
December 20, 2018
Episode 87: What Real Success Looks Like: How to Thrive as a Single Mom with Grace De Castro
With this episode, Grace De Castro, a Management Consultant Expert, imparts her idea of what success really is for her and the journey that got her there. She also talks about how being a single mother can be a blessing and a change catalyst of her story.
1:11:42
December 7, 2018
Episode 86: Hire the Right People with TalentView CEO, Anj Vera, and How to Answer Job Interview Questions
In this episode, the CEO of TalentView, Anj Vera, shares her insights and tips on how to select the right candidate for your company. Anj also talks about questions you should be prepared for in a job interview.
1:09:01
November 19, 2018
Episode 85: Why I Quit My Corporate Work to Make Bread with Danny Moran
Join us in this podcast episode where Mike sat down with Danny Moran in his very successful restaurant,  Amici. They talked about the journey in his venture and what made him decide to leave his promising professional life behind to become an entrepreneur. Also find out how Philippine Mango helped Danny in one of the most challenging parts of his business life.
46:45
March 20, 2017
Episode 84: Ditching the Shirt and Tie with Tom Graham
The Philippines has a long history with colonizers. From the Spaniards in the 16th century to the Americans after the Philippine Revolution to the Japanese in World War II. So while we're welcoming to foreigners who come to visit the country for a holiday, we're wary of those who decide to stay and explore opportunities in the country. It's inevitable to think that they're here to exploit our resources and get rich off our backs. Such is the challenged faced by English journalist Tom Graham when he decided to extend his stay in the Philippines. Inspired by Gawad Kalinga Founder Tony Meloto, Tom ditched the shirt and tie and spent a few months living and working with poor people in various GK communities. There, he discovered the genius of the Filipino people and fell in love with the country. Now, Tom is a social entrepreneur and is the co-founder of a Mad Travel, a social tourism company with a mission to help end poverty in the Philippines by 2024. At a time when Filipinos are leaving the country to migrate and work abroad, you're probably wondering what keeps Tom here. Why does he keep coming back to the GK Enchanted farm every week? What does he see that millions of OFWs don't? Let's all find out in this interview.
28:49
March 2, 2017
Episode 83: Pursuing You Best Life with JB Borromeo
You know at least one person like this. This may even be you. A person who's going through the motions of living. Waking up every morning, dragging himself/herself to work, coming in late most of the time. Someone who's so unmotivated that work becomes a prison he/she seeks to escape from the moment that secondhand declares it's 5PM. Someone who finds no sense of fulfillment or happiness from their career. Our guest for today, author and motivational speaker JB Borromeo, was such a person. He used to have a lucrative job as an IT professioal working for one of the top companies in the country. It was a job that offered security, stability and luxury. By all appearances, he should be happy and content.   But JB was not happy. After five years of working 8 to 10 hours a day in a a high-stress environment, he felt that he has had enough. He needed to break free from the daily humdrum even at the risk of going broke. He left his job in search of a mission and found it in the underrated world of the academe as an educator. Now, he's purpose is to help his fellow Filipinos break free from the chains of convention that bind them so that they can become the best version of themselves and live their best life. What's it like to take to make that career change? How did JB deal with the negativity that surrounded his decision? Let's find out in this interview.
43:06
February 13, 2017
Episode 82: Trading a Diploma for Ducks with Alvie Benitez
For Filipinos, a diploma holds a certain kind of power. It opens up a lot of opportunities and is considered key to a good, if not better, life. That's why when Alvie Benitez informed his grandparents that he will be dropping out of college after failing his thesis, he heard the longest string of Spanish bad words in his life. To say that he encountered strong opposition from his close family and friends would be an understatement. A man with weaker conviction would have caved in and pursued the path that countless others have followed before him. But not Alvie. Despite the naysayers, he dropped out and searched for a purpose. It led him to Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm in Bulacan where he is now raising ducks with other poor farmers under his social enterprise One Hundred Ducks, Inc. The company produces and sells 100% premium, healthy, and ethical duck products that are not only delicious but world class. What made Alvie trade his diploma for ducks? Where does he find the inspiration to continue pursuing his purpose despite all the challenges of being a social entrepreneur? Listen and find out in this interview.
44:55
December 29, 2016
Episode 81: On the Quest for Excellence with Marie Cavosora
Picture this. You’re in your 30s living in San Francisco in an apartment that is your source of pride and joy. You have a supportive network of family and friends around you as well as a dream job with great employers. There’s really nothing else you could want. You love your life. Now, think about giving all of these up. Would you? Our guest for this episode Marie Cavosora, founder and CEO of CalaBoo, did. She sold her apartment to live in an urban ashram with just a tent and a yoga mat to sleep on. She then decided to go on a prolonged leave from work and went on a quest for spirituality and self-discovery. Why did she do it? What did she find in her quest? What has she learned in her journey? Let’s find out together in this interview.
51:03
December 21, 2016
Episode 80: Coming Home to Opportunities with Dr. Cris Enriquez
With the current political climate, many Filipinos abroad are feeling hopeless for the Philippines. They'd rather stay abroad and, if possible, migrate with their family, believing that a better life awaits them in a foreign country. Not Dr. Cris Enriquez. Recognized as the only medical doctor in the world who trained and specialized in four different medical specialties, Dr. Cris decided to move back to the Philippines after living and practicing medicine in the US for 50 years. He started Rapha Health Institute, a medical practice that combines western, alternative and complementary medicine to prevent and reverse diseases, and authored several books on health and other subjects. Now, he's focusing his attention to helping Filipinos find opportunities in the Philippines so they can have long, prosperous lives. What made Dr. Cris come back? Listen and find out! To access the show notes and resources for this episode, please visit: http://mikegrogan.ph/e80/
40:38
December 14, 2016
Episode 79: The Rise of the Pinoy Podcast
After a long hiatus, we're back with a better and more inspiring podcast for Filipinos all over the world! Listen and find out what you can expect in "The Rise of the Pinoy Podcast."
04:01
December 14, 2016
Episode 78: You Were Born for Greatness
You were not put in this world to please everybody and neither should you try to do so. But how should you deal with criticisms from other people? How can you cope with all the negativity thrown your way? Mike has some advice for you in this episode.
00:00
August 5, 2016
Episode 77: Your Daily Victory
Small, daily dose of changes can be the key to your success. How? Mike explains in this extract from the sixth chapter of his book "The Rise of the Pinoy: 7 Powerful Lessons of Success from 21 World-Class Filipinos." This book is now available at all Fully Booked branches in Metro Manila and Amazon. Grab your copy now! LISTENING TIME: 5 minutes, 35 seconds
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July 14, 2016
Episode 76: Embrace Your Pain
Embracing your pain will qualify you to become of service to more people. How? Mike explains in this quick reading from  the fifth chapter of his book "The Rise of the Pinoy: 7 Powerful Lessons of Success from 21 World-Class Filipinos." This book is now available at all Fully Booked branches in Metro Manila and Amazon. Grab your copy now!
00:00
July 7, 2016
Episode 75: Your Greatest Enemy
“You may find your best friend or your worst enemy in yourself.” – English Proverb   “Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” – Buddha   “Your worst enemy is hiding within yourself, and that enemy is your nafs or false ego.” - Rumi   “Self-mastery is the challenge of transforming yourself from your own worst enemy into your greatest ally.” - Wes Fesler   Keep this quotes in mind as you listen to Mike read an excerpt from the fourth chapter of his book“The Rise of the Pinoy: 7 Powerful Lessons of Success from 21 World-Class Filipinos.” This book is now available at all Fully Booked branches in Metro Manila and Amazon. Grab your copy now!
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June 29, 2016
Episode 74: Discover Your Motivation
What motivates you? Do you have the right motivation? Ponder on these two questions and more as you listen to Mike read an excerpt from the third chapter of his book "The Rise of the Pinoy: 7 Powerful Lessons of Success from 21 World-Class Filipinos." This book is now available at all Fully Booked branches in Metro Manila and at Amazon. Grab your copy now!
00:00
June 9, 2016
Episode 73: Your Unique Assignment
Many life coaches tell us to follow our dreams. However, following your dreams can be dangerous as Mike explains in this special, six-minute episode of the Best of You podcast. This episode is part 2 of a special 7-episode series featuring extracts from Mike's soon-to-be released book "The Rise of the Pinoy: 7 Powerful Lessons of Success from 21 World-Class Filipinos."
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June 1, 2016
Episode 72: Find Your Inspiration
We are dedicating this episode to the men and women behind MikeGrogan.ph. May we continue to inspire each other to excellence. We have a long way to go before we reach our targets but we're going to get there!  This episode is part 1 of a special 7-episode series featuring extracts from each of the chapters in Mike's upcoming book "The Rise of the Pinoy: 7 Powerful Lessons of Success from 21 World-Class Filipinos."
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May 28, 2016
Episode 71: Creating Your Masterpiece with Marianne Mencias
Robin Williams, Alexander McQueen, Kurt Cobain, Ernest Hemingway. What do these people have in common? For one, they’re all considered icons in their chosen fields. Williams was an award-winning actor, McQueen was named British designer of the year for four times, Cobain was a rockstar and Hemingway was a literary genius. All of them are successful and, by all appearances, seem to be doing what they were born to do. Yet, they chose to end their lives. Why? Our guest for today, Marianne Mencias, may have an answer for us. A sought-after inspirational speaker,  Marianne says that it’s not enough to be successful. If you’re not living true to your purpose, if you’re not following God’s will, you will still be miserable and have an unhappy life. Marianne is also the author of the book “What’s Your Life’s Masterpiece.” Hers is a book filled with stories of world-class Filipinos who love what they do and are living a full, joyful life. What’s the key to their success? What’s the secret to their happiness? Marianne breaks it down for us in this beautiful interview filled with wisdom and practical tips on how you can become the best of you.  
31:49
May 13, 2016
Episode 70: Motivating the World with Lloyd Luna
Lloyd Luna is a firm believer in the power of following one’s passion. In respect to his parents’ wishes, Lloyd finished a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. After graduation, he decided to follow his gifting as a master communicator instead of pursuing a mediocre career as an engineer. After several years as a newspaper columnist, he became a serial entrepreneur. He founded his first company in 2005: Lloyd Luna Communications, a provider of digital marketing and business development services. He has five other businesses, including a tutorial center and a string quartet. Lloyd is best known as a motivational speaker and personal development teacher, with a total audience of over half a million people in his career. His television show, “Creative Business,” airs on the Global News Network and features fun-filled interviews with top entrepreneurs. He is also a prolific author with 11 books to date; his works “Is There a Job Waiting for You?” and “Why Good People Fail” are bestsellers. Want to know more about this man of many talents? Enjoy his sense of humor and business advice by listening to this podcast.
39:31
May 6, 2016
Episode #69: Mike's Health Transformation Becoming Primed for Life
Do you think you are healthy? Mike certainly thought so until he met Chad Davis of “Primed for Your Life”. Chad convinced Mike to “go primed” at the start of 2016 and Mike has never been the same since. Listen to Mike’s health transformation story and the extraordinary benefits you can achieve by making small changes in what you eat. Live better. Live longer. This 12-minute episode is a game-changer.
11:54
April 27, 2016
Episode 68: Primed for Health with Chad Davis
“Getting fit” and “losing weight” are very popular New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, these vows are also the ones that are most commonly broken. If you are struggling to be the “best of you” physically, Chad Davis can help. A wellness coach and triathlete, Chad shares tips for achieving a healthy lifestyle in his blog, PrimedForYourLife.com. Originally from Australia, Chad and his wife Natasha brought their kids to the Philippines over a decade ago to get a taste of the international life - and decided to stay.  Chad’s fitness advocacy dovetails nicely with his career in the local hospitality industry, working with companies such as Shangri-La (Makati and EDSA) and Resorts World. Listen to his inteview and find out how you too can be primed so you can live longer and healthier.
45:28
March 9, 2016
Episode 67: From the Slums to Success with Art Tugade
Rags to riches is an accurate description of Arthur Tugade’s life story. He grew up in a squatters’ area called Tatalon Estates. Despite his impoverished background, Art was able to finish Law at San Beda College thanks to his parents’ self-sacrifice and a scholarship. After founding Perry's Holding Corporation, Art has turned his attention to public service and is now the president and CEO of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), the organization responsible for managing the real estate of the former US base. He is credited for turning the organization around and the explosive growth of the Clark Freeport Zone in recent years. Recently, he and his leadership team won the 2015 Asia CEO Award the Executive Leadership of the Year.   Listen to the inspiring story of Art! 
37:34
February 18, 2016
Episode #66: Becoming Filipino with Peter Wallace
Why would a successful businessman from Australia want to become a Filipino citizen? Peter Wallace has spent decades in the Philippines, longer than 70% of the country’s young population. A former cadet engineer, Peter first came to the country in 1975 to put up a factory for an American multinational company. In 1982, he established The Wallace Business Forum, a company which has given advisory services to over 150 corporations and aid agencies in the country. His company has been consulted by the Philippine government on foreign investment and policies affecting business. Peter is also involved in socio-civic pursuits such as the Caliraya Lake Conservation Society and ATRIEV (Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired). His opinion column “Like It Is” is published weekly in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and provokes debate on current issues. He and his wife Estee are also avid yachters and wish to spend the rest of their lives in the Philippines. Listen to this interview with Peter about his momentous decision and the vision he has for his adopted country. For the full show notes, please visit http://bit.ly/boyph65
30:32
February 4, 2016
Episode #65: 5 Things To Stop Doing Now
To have a more productive and fulfilling life, you need to learn to say NO to a lot of things that take away from your time and the things you should be doing to become the best version of you. It could be as simple as saying NO to adding an email app on your phone or as difficult as saying NO to coffee with friends. Thus, in this episode Mike Grogan shares with you five things that you can STOP doing now so you can focus on what you're doing, be more productive, and improve your quality of life. Listen and take action!    
12:50
January 28, 2016
Episode #64: Becoming a Freelance Champion with Marvin de Leon (Part 2)
In the second part of his interview, Marvin de Leon of Freelance Blend talks about the benefits of freelancing, particularly on family life. He also offers advice on how to deal with negativity and forgiveness. For full show notes, please visit http://bit.ly/boyphe63.
22:48
January 20, 2016
Episode #63: Becoming a Freelance Champion with Marvin de Leon (Part 1)
In this interview, Marvin de Leon of Freelance Blend recounts his journey as a corporate man to a freelancer. Listen to find out what finally pushed him to take the leap and leave high-paying job and start from the bottom. A highly-recommended episode for those who are trapped in jobs they hate. For the full show notes, please visit http://bit.ly/boyphe63.
50:47
January 20, 2016
Episode #61: Your Morning Affirmation
What's the first thing that you should say to yourself when you wake up? Lean leadership trainer and inspirational speaker Mike Grogan shares a simple yet powerful morning affirmation that will help you make the most out of your day. Make this your daily habit and you'll see massive change in your life!
02:49
December 3, 2015
Episode #60: How to Start Your Meetings With Gratitude
A great way to start your meetings, whether formal or informal, is with the concept of gratitude. Lean Leadership trainer and transformational teacher Mike Grogan shares questions that you can ask your attendees so that they feel this emotion at the start of your meeting and be positive for the duration of it. For more episodes like this, please visit BestofYou.ph
01:25
November 20, 2015
Episode #59: Love My Country, Love My Coffee with Steve Benitez
In part 2 of his interview, Bo's Coffee President and CEO Steve Benitez gives powerful advice about merging your passion with business and the importance of investing in yourself. He identifies people who are good role models for aspiring entrepreneurs. Finally, he talks about his dream for the Philippines and his dream of making Bo's Coffee a global brand.
30:14
November 12, 2015
Episode #58: Love my Country, Love my Coffee with Steve Benitez
In part 1 of his interview with Mike Grogan, Steve Benitez shares priceless business - and parenting -- lessons based on his experiences as the founder of Bo's Coffee, a homegrown specialty retail coffee brand in the Philippines. He talks about the value of total awareness in achieving your goals, whether it be professional or personal goals. Listen to his interview!
24:33
November 12, 2015
Episode #57: 10 KeyStone Habits
In this solo episode, transformational teacher Mike Grogan shares with you 10 habits that can help you become more productive, more happy and successful. You're probably doing some of them already so listen in to find out what else you can add to your daily routine to become the best version of you!
18:11
November 9, 2015
Episode #56: From Brokenness to Forgiveness with Isabel Cuevas-Santos (Part 2)
In part 2 of this interview, Isabel Cuevas-Santos of Gawad Kalinga talks about living a simple life and the power of forgiveness. We also get to know her leadership style. For show notes and other resources, please visit BesofYou.ph/podcast
32:00
November 6, 2015
Episode #55: From Brokenness to Forgiveness with Isabel Cuevas-Santos (Part 1)
In part 1 of this interview, Isabel Cuevas-Santos of Gawad Kalinga talks about the role that Gawad Kalinga played in her healing process after witnessing the death of her father at the hands of a hired gun. She also talks about how attending a workshop by Microsoft influenced her leadership and management style. For show notes, please visit BestofYou.ph/podcast.  
26:47
November 6, 2015
Episode #54: The Power of Informational Interviews
Inspirational Speaker and Transformational Teacher Mike Grogan talks about the power of informational interviews in this episode. 
03:02
November 2, 2015
Episode #53: My Daily Ritual
Mike Grogan shares his personal daily routine that helps set him up for a day of productivity and success.
21:49
October 30, 2015
Episode #52: Creating Opportunities with Mark Ruiz (Part 2)
In part 2 of his interview with Mike Grogan, Hapinoy Founder Mark Ruiz reveals the habits and practices that helped him become a successful social entrepreneur. He also shares his vision for the Philippines and the Filipino people. For full show notes, links and tweetables, please visit BestOfYou.ph/podcast.
31:52
October 28, 2015
Episode #51: Creating Opportunities with Mark Ruiz (Part 1)
In part 1 of his interview with Mike Grogan, Mark Ruiz talks about the team and the people being served by the social enterprise he founded called Hapinoy. He also talks about the importance of having integrity and building resilience against adversity. Listen and be inspired! For full show notes, please visit BestofYou.com/podcast.
33:14
October 28, 2015
Episode #50: Why Must We Study History
What can we learn from our heroes like Jose Rizal, Heneral Juan Luna, and Andres Bonifacio? Leadership trainer Mike Grogan answers this question in this Minute with Mike episode.
02:09
October 26, 2015
Episode #49: Forming The Habit of Reading
All leaders are readers. So in this special episode, we asked our guests David Bonifacio, Managing Director of New Leaf Ventures, and Vince Golangco, founder of WhenInManila.com, to share tips on how YOU can develop the habit of reading and become a better version of yourself. Tweet us at @bestofyou_ph and let us know which tip will work for you!
08:02
October 23, 2015
Episode #48: Living an Intentional Life with Francis Kong
Bestselling author and inspirational Speaker Francis J. Kong talks about intentional learning as the key to his personal success in this interview with Mike Grogan. He also offers advice on how to deal with adversity and reveals a guilty pleasure that helps him focus on the task at hand. Please visit our BestofYou.ph/podcast for the full show notes and tweetables.
39:12
October 21, 2015
Episode #47: The Science of Willpower
Leadership Coach Mike Grogan talks about the importance of willpower in habit formation in this solo episode.  For show notes, please visit BestOfYou.ph/podcast.
02:39
October 19, 2015
Episode #46: Finding the Right Partner in Life with Rebecca Bustamante
In Episode 45, we learned a lot about Rebecca Bustamante, former domestic helper turned CEO of Chalre Associates and the leading force of the Asia CEO Forum. But Rebecca also has a romantic side and this is what we'll see in this portion of her interview with Mike.
07:51
October 16, 2015
Episode #45: A First World Philippines with Rebecca Bustamante
Rebecca Bustamante, former domestic helper turned CEO, dreams of a First World Philippines by 2030. Her rags-to-riches story is truly an inspiration to millions of Filipinos, both here and abroad, who are dreaming of a better life for themselves and their families. Listen to her journey and get practical tips on how you can rise above your circumstances, live an intentional life, and achieve all of your heart's desires. A must listen episode for every Filipino, especially OFWs.
30:12
October 14, 2015
Episode #44: The Idea List
Everyday we get ideas on how we can improve an aspect of our life, whether it be personal, professional or business. Mike shares a useful tip to help bring those ideas together in this super quick a Minute with Mike.  
01:39
October 12, 2015
Episode #43: When Things Don't Go As Planned
Admit it. We all want our day -- and our life -- to go according to our plans. But life does not work that way. No matter how you carefully plan or try to control every detail, something will definitely go wrong. It's our ability to cope with those moments that will define who we are and ensure the future success of our endeavors. Thus, in this quick episode, Mike shares with us a powerful advice on how to react when things don't go according to your plan.
07:56
October 9, 2015
Episode #42: Innovating Dangerously with Bryan McClelland
In part 2 of this interview with Mike, Bambike President & CEO Brian McClelland experiences and habits that helped him become the best version of himself. He also shares his thoughts on how the Philippines can have a sustainable, eco-friendly economy.
37:41
October 7, 2015
Episode #4: Innovating Dangerously with Bryan McClelland (Part 1)
In part 1 of this interview, Bambike President and CEO Bryan McClelland tells us the story of how became a social entrepreneur and the lessons he learned after building his first bamboo bike. He offers a very powerful advice on how you can find your passion.
35:17
October 7, 2015
Episode #40: Wake Up Motivation
In this 2-minute video, Mike shares wake up motivation tips to help you jumpstart your day and be as productive and as inspired as you can be. 
01:47
October 5, 2015
Episode #39: The Power of Habit
In this short episode, Mike talks about the power and importance of habits in your road to personal and professional success. He shares three key ingredients to forming good habits that help you become the best of you in all aspects of your life.
16:28
October 2, 2015
Episode #37: Perseverance and Hard Work with Noey Lopez (Part 1)
In part 1 of his interview with Mike, Starbucks Philippines CEO Noey Lopez talks about turning his back on the family business and striking out on his own. He identifies people and ideas that inspired him in his journey to success.
29:44
September 30, 2015
Episode #38: Perseverance and Hard Work with Noey Lopez (Part 2)
In part 2 of his interview with Mike, Starbucks Philippines CEO Noey Lopez shares habits that helped him achieved his personal and career goals. He also talks about his dream for the Philippines and imparts advice on how Filipinos can become the best version of themselves.
21:15
September 30, 2015
Episode #36: The Wrap Up Planning Method
In this 2-minute episode, Mike shares a powerful planning tip that will allow you to get the results that you want out of your any task or project, or just make the most of your day. A proven method for success!
02:19
September 28, 2015
Episode #35: What Advice Would You Give Your 20-Year Old Self?
Hindsight is always 20/20. So if you can go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self? Listen to the answers of David Bonifacio of New Leaf Ventures, Noey Lopez of Starbucks Philippines, Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy, Anna Meloto-Wilk of Human Nature, Pocholo Gonzales a.k.a. The Voicemaster, and Shirley Maya Tan of The Art of the Fearless Living. 
06:23
September 24, 2015
Episode #33: Becoming Influential with David Bonifacio (Part 1)
In part 1 of this interview, David Bonifacio of New Leaf Ventures, talks about going through hard times and holding on to his faith to get through it. He also talks about the importance of going out of your comfort zone in achieving success. Other topics covered include how to develop the habit of reading and Max Lucado's The Wemmicks.
38:27
September 23, 2015
Episode 032: Drink More Water
Studies show that being dehydrated can make you less productive, grumpy and more prone to stress. Over time, it can negatively impact concentration, judgment, and reaction time. So in this quick episode, Mike shares his best tips for making sure that you are drinking enough water daily to keep you hydrated and at your best.
02:34
September 21, 2015
Episode #31 Evolution of BestofYou.ph
[LISTENING TIME: 13mins, 49 secs] We believe that each and every one of us is built for greatness. There is greatness within each of us that just waits to be unleashed to the world. But how do you unleash that greatness? Listen to this episode to find out.
13:50
September 18, 2015
Episode #30: Becoming a Voice Master with Pocholo Gonzales (Part 2)
[Listening Time: 30 mins, 58 secs] In part 2 of his interview with Mike, Pocholo Gonzales, a.k.a. The Voicemaster, talks a little about his childhood and the legacy he wants to leave behind. He also shares his thoughts on Philippine politics and what he thinks is the key to making the country a great nation once more.
30:59
September 16, 2015
Episode #29: Becoming a Voice Master with Pocholo Gonzales
[LISTENING TIME: 26mins, 30secs] Pocholo Gonzales, known as the man with a thousand voices, shares his secrets for success in part 1 of his interview with Mike.  
26:31
September 16, 2015
Episode #28: What You Need to Do to be an Effective Mentor
[LISTENING TIME: 2mins 25secs] In this two-minute episode, Mike shares a simple yet powerful tip on how to become and effective mentor. 
02:26
September 14, 2015
Episode #27: Fears and Fearlessness
[Listening Time: 5mins 28 secs] In this episode, our most recent guest, blogger Shirley Maya Tan of The Art of Fearless Living turns the table on Mike and asks him about his fears. Listen to this five-minute episode!  
05:31
September 11, 2015
Episode #26: Reaching Your Best Potential with Shirley Tan (Part 2)
In part of two of this tell-all interview with Mike, blogger Shirley Maya Tan of The Art of Fearless Living offers a unique perspective on dealing with depression, improving productivity, and becoming a better version of you.
27:22
September 9, 2015
Episode #25: Reaching Your Best Potential with Shirley Tan (Part 1)
Our mistakes and failures are great opportunities for learning. This is what blogger Shirley Maya Tan shares with us in part 1 of her tell all interview with Mike. Listen and get to know the blogger behind The Art of Fearless Living more intimately.
29:19
September 9, 2015
Episode #24: What Would a Leader Do?
"We make decisions every day. From what breakfast to take to what course of action to take on a work-related matter. Mike shares a simple but effective advice on how to make these decisions daily. "
01:37
September 7, 2015
Episode #23: Is this Realistic?
To inspire and empower 1 million Filipinos to become better versions of themselves by Easter 2018. This is the goal of BestofYou.ph. It's big. It's overwhelming. It's scary. But is it unrealistic? Mike answers this question in this episode. Listen and share!
08:54
September 3, 2015
Episode #22: Blogging and Loving Manila with Vince Golangco (Part 2)
WhenInManila.com founder Vince Golangco talks about his US Navy experience in this episode. He shares a very valuable online branding tip for college students. Listen & share!
19:14
September 1, 2015
Episode #21: Blogging and Loving Manila with Vince Golangco (part 1)
WhenInManila.com founder Vince Golangco talks about goal setting and overcoming adversity in this episode. He also shares his favorite books and offers a great tip on how to develop or reinforce the habit of reading. Listen & share!
28:24
September 1, 2015
Episode #20: Improve Your Relationships with this one question
In this two-minute episode, Mike shares a very powerful question that can help you improve your relationships at work and, ultimately, became a crucial part of any work team or organization.  
01:57
August 31, 2015
Episode #19: Bayani ng Buwan: Benjie Abad
Our guest for today is a true example of an ordinary man doing extraordinary things. His name is Benjie Abad and he started a soup kitchen that feeds the homeless and the hungry. Listen to his inspiring story in this episode.
12:26
August 28, 2015
Episode #18: Pursuing Greener Pastures at Home with (Part 2)
Former OFW Josh Mahinay of Bag 943 shows that you can find greener pastures at home. Listen and find out how he manages his organization, Bag 943, and what his vision is for the Philippines.
16:46
August 26, 2015
Episode #17: Pursuing Greener Pastures at Home with Josh Mahinay (Part 1)
Former OFW Josh Mahinay of Bag 943 shows that you can find greener pastures at home. Listen to his amazing story of struggle and triumph in this truly inspiring episode.
29:13
August 26, 2015
Episode #16: Overcoming Conflict
How do you deal with interpersonal conflict? In this two-minute episode, Mike shares with you three verses that you can recite to yourself to help you get over any conflict with people in your life, especially those very close to you.
01:52
August 24, 2015
Episode #15: Why I Chose the Philippines
In 2014, Mike Grogan made a decision to live in the Philippines after two years of working in Tanzania. Listen to this episode find out why.
08:24
August 22, 2015
Episode #14: Making a Difference while Making a Profit with Krie Lopez (part 2)
Krie Reyes-Lopez shares the story of how social enterprise can help both the environment and disadvantaged youth. 
15:43
August 18, 2015
Episode #13: Making a Difference while Making a Profit with Krie Lopez (part 1)
Krie Reyes-Lopez shares the story of how social enterprise can help both the environment and disadvantaged youth.
23:45
August 18, 2015
Episode #12: How to Stay Focused on Your Goal
How do you stay true to your vision? How do you stay focused on your goals? In this Minute with Mike episode, Mike Grogan shares with you a powerful tool to help you achieve your objectives daily.
01:32
August 17, 2015
Episode #11: Who Do You Want to Punch in the Face?
Given the chance, who do you want to punch in the face? Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga, Anna Meloto-Wilk of Human Nature, Boris Joaquin of Salt & Light Events, Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet, and Ginger Arboleda of Manila Workshops answer this intriguing question.
02:55
August 14, 2015
Episode #10: French Louis Faure Falls in Love with the Philippines
Many people will chide Louis Faure for choosing to raise chickens in the Philippines instead of being a model. But, as he reveals in this interview, there is beauty in living a simple life. Listen to his inspiring story in this episode.
55:32
August 11, 2015
Episode #9: What do you think?
In this episode, speaker, coach and trainer Mike Grogan reveals the one question you can ask to foster creative and critical thinking in your work teams. 
01:42
August 10, 2015
Episode 8: Unleashing Your Entrepenuerial Streak with Ginger Arboleda
Moms wear a lot of hats but our featured guest, Ginger Arboleda, wears more hats than most. Listen to her journey of serial entrepreneurship in this episode.
47:38
August 5, 2015
Episode 7: How to Stop Complaining with Mike Grogan
Are you a whiner? Do you find yourself complaining a lot? In this first episode of Minute with Mike, we'll share with you the one thing you can do to stop the habit of complaining so you can get have a more positive, productive day.
01:29
August 2, 2015
Episode #6: Serving the Filipino People with Tony Meloto
Reader's Digest "The Most Trusted Filipino",  Antonio "Tony" Meloto, shares the secrets behind the success of Gawad Kalinga as well as his passion and commitment to building a better Philippines through sustainable communities.
1:07:49
July 29, 2015
Episode #5: A Mentor's Legacy with Mike Grogan
How do you honor someone who has mentored you and helped you become a better version of you? Mike Grogan explains how.
11:57
July 27, 2015
EPISODE #4: Bringing Your Vision to Life With Rey Bufi
Storyteller Rey Bufi charms us with stories behind his nonprofit organization, The Storytelling Project, as well as his vision for the country in this interview.
49:45
July 24, 2015
Episode #3: Monetize Your Passion with Anton Diaz
Blogger Anton Diaz talks about the risks and joys of building an internationally-recognized blog in this interview with Mike Grogan. Listen and get to know more about the man behind Our Awesome Planet.
49:38
July 17, 2015
Episode #2: Staying True to Your Vision with Boris Joaquin
Boris Joaquin, Co-Founder & CEO of Breakthrough Leadership Management Consultancy, bares all his fears, shortcomings and vision in this revealing interview with Mike Grogan. Listen to his personal journey now.
57:25
July 15, 2015
Episode #1: Living Your Purpose with Anna Meloto-Wilk
Human Nature founder Anna Meloto-Wilk shares her journey in social entrepreneurship and what’s it like to live in the shadow of successful father in this insightful interview with Mike Grogan. Listen to her inspirational story.
1:04:39
July 14, 2015
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