I failed the 2015 Philippine Bar Examinations… for the second time. Although I received a great number of encouraging messages which were supposed to make me feel better, a lot of questions still ran through my mind. Why did I fail even when I put my best foot forward? Why did my friends pass and I did not? Am I really that much of a failure? How can I fail this exam twice? Will I still go through that kind of ordeal again? I was devastated. I felt like my beating heart was ripped out of my chest and thrown to the wolves.
My friends, professors, and family members were all very supportive of me but they have no idea how badly I was hurt, and how painful this event was for me to bear. However, their words of encouragement helped me to pick myself up. I decided I will take the bar exam for the third time.
When I made the decision, I expected myself to be on the move already, to choose a review school, set my reading schedule for six months, and book whatever there is that needs to be booked in a wink of an eye. I guess I expected too much of myself because despite how much people believed in me, I could not find my strength to do any of these things. Well, not until I read Mike Grogan’s The Rise of the Pinoy.
Heaven-sent advance copy
The Rise of the Pinoy is a self-help book written by Mike Grogan. It aims to help every Filipino realize that he or she is capable and worthy of becoming world class. The book is yet to be launched this coming Independence Day, June 12, 2016, at Fully Booked but I was chosen to be one of its Advance Release Reviewers (ARRs). Hence, I got an advance copy.
When Mike sent the copy, I was apprehensive and ecstatic at the same time. I was afraid to hold the book since I know I will be holding more books when I review for the bar exams. Nevertheless, I was overjoyed and giddy to have a free copy and blog about it. Little did I know it will be worth more than just ‘a book to review’. After reading the book from cover-to-cover, I told myself that this project is heaven-sent. Read on to know why.
The Rise of the Pinoy review
Direct and straightforward
When I scanned through the pages, I thought “Oh, men. Agreeing to review this book might be a bad decision”. When I began reading intently, I could not stop. The book was written in a very direct manner. It is as if the author was there and just conversing with you over a cup of coffee. It is very engaging and interesting. The author even used two persons’ experiences to show readers how to participate in the 5-Minute Challenge at the end of every chapter.
The book is composed of 7 chapters namely:
- Find Your Inspiration
- Your Unique Assignment
- Discover Your Motivation
- Your Greatest Enemy
- Embrace Your Pain
- Your Daily Victory
- You Were Born For Greatness
Of these seven, the 5th chapter is my favourite. When I reached Chapter 5, it really pierced through my heart. Failing the bar examinations, my self-esteem was at an all-time low. I could not even face myself but the book was right. The biggest fight we will ever face in our lives is the one against ourselves. There will always be a voice inside us who would tell us to stop going for what we want. It will also convince us that we are not good enough. This book helped me conquer, if not totally silence, that negative side of me. It helped me embrace the pain of failing and transform it into something wonderful.
Challenging and stimulating
The book contains stories, struggles, and successes of 21 world class Filipinos such as Tony Meloto, Noey Lopez, Ginger Arboleda, and Krie Reyes Lopez to name a few. At the end of every chapter, there is a 5-Minute Challenge. These challenges aim to synthesize the chapters, and bring the message closer to its readers. They are not mere writing activities. When you read the book, do not forget to participate in the challenges. Each question will make you uncomfortable but each will help you know yourself more.
Even after I finished the book, it still helps me build the habit of a world class Filipino. There is a 40-day challenge at the end of the book. This challenge intends to help readers create a habit of success. It is very simple as it involves only 2 questions which you need to answer before you start your day and before you end it. Repetition is the key to build a habit. To make the most out of your reading experience of The Rise of the Pinoy, I encourage you to take time in participating in the challenges.
When I read books, I am always on the lookout for quotations. The Rise of the Pinoy is no exception. I must say, I am overwhelmed with lots of quotes. Let me entice you to read this book with some of my favourite quotations from each chapter.
Success in life is a journey. The road ahead is long, unpredictable and full of barriers for you to overcome.
Never follow your dreams. That is so dangerous. Instead, test your dreams.
True motivation always comes from within.
Failure wins because we feed it. – Boris Joaquin, CEO, Salt and Light Ventures
Adversity exists not to break you, not to crush you, not to defeat you. The purpose of adversity is to make you stronger, to make you wiser, to make you more courageous.
Small daily victories do matter.
Never, ever let someone else’s opinion of you define who you are.
About Mike Grogan
Mike Grogan is an Irish motivational speaker, leadership coach, inspirational author, and youth empowerment advocate. He is one of those persons who ditched the corporate life to do what they love the most. He has travelled to over 30 countries yet decided to make Philippines his home. He is committed to serving the Filipino people. You can learn more about him at www.mikegrogan.ph.
The Rise of the Pinoy is a book that speaks. It speaks directly to its readers. It is very straight to the point and pierces right through one’s comfort zone. It is a must-read for those who are struggling in love, career, or any aspect in life. The exercises will surely help you lift yourself up from the ashes. After reading this book, you will feel like a phoenix, stronger, and better than your last version of you.
Grab your copies this coming Independence Day, and realize your capability and worth of becoming world class.
Do you have any questions about the book? Comment below or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org