May 6, 2017 was when I first got to know the awesome and famous Mike Grogan personally.
That was when I attended his World-class Morning Rituals: Personal Leadership Excellence Workshop. If I remember correctly, I’m the only one among the 30+ participants who paid for my own ticket while the rest were sponsored by their companies. And because I was so delighted with that training, I was very participative during the whole day, which was why at the end of the training, they asked me to give a video testimonial about it. I wrote about it on a previous blog here.

After attending those two seminars I mentioned on that blog post, I went the rest of the year doing purely freelance work: events hosting, voice-over, writing, part-time teaching, Tagalog tutoring, etc.

October 16, 2018 – Through Mike’s invitation, one year and five months later, I attended another corporate training he facilitates, The Kaizen Leadership Workshop. I came there expecting that I’ll learn new methods how I could simplify, streamline, and standardized some of the processes we do at GK Enchanted Farm where I currently serve as Training and Development Manager. Not only because Mike has become a good friend to me, but he truly is a world-class corporate trainer, he exceeded my expectations.

One of the highlights of our morning activities is to write down our answer to the question on his Powerpoint slide:

“What are the 10 most powerful lessons you learned about yourself in the past 12 months?”

I’m not surprised that he’s asking us to write because Mike also loves to journal every day. What I’m surprised about were the things I wrote and how it impacted my discussion partner to whom I shared this with shortly after we’re asked to write it.

We were also instructed to share with our discussion partner the stories behind each lessons. By the end of my sharing time with Tonee, a Marketing Manager from Eurotowers, beside the pool of The Legend Villas in Mandaluyong, our eyes both lit up with joy exchanging life lessons.

I hope that this becomes a blessing to you as well, my dear reader.

  1. People need people. My needing others validate my humanity, highlighting the value and power of interdependence.
  2. I don’t always have to be in-charge as certain as I cannot be a know-it-all. Humility signifies noble character. This changes relationships.
  3. It’s painful to make mistakes, but even more painful if we’re not learning from them. The most important milestones of my life hinge on lessons I’ve learned that changed me for the better.
  4. Embrace pain. Don’t just run away from it. Pain could help you become more reflective about yourself and other people, which eventually becomes a compass for your life’s trajectory.
  5. Friends come and go, so open up yourself to new people who could teach you how to live life fully, despite many hardships.
  6. Life is a gift. Use it wisely…daily.
  7. Silence in conversations are actually healthy. You don’t have to rush on relationships. Building relationships really take time.
  8. Money isn’t the only powerful motivator in employee retention. Loving and healthy relationships, plus a strong sense of mission compels people to pursue a career long term.
  9. Walk the talk. Don’t just say you care about people. Be there to care for them the way they needed to be cared for.
  10. Life stories make us feel connected with each other. They make us go beyond just mere first impressions.

Of course, I’ve had other major work-related and practical takeaways from this training but this set of lessons just really stood out for me because I’m such a “value hunter.”

If you’ve read through all of this and not just scan through it like many online readers do, which among the 10 lessons resonate to you? Could you share with us a brief story behind it too?


Adrian is a professional Events Host, Writer, Teacher, and Change Catalyst. He's a world-class emcee creating fun, memorable, and meaningful events. As a change catalyst, his mission is to inspire personal development so people could have better lives with brighter future, against all odds. An IELTS- and TESOL-certified English Trainer, he's also a prolific Tagalog Tutor.