In this episode, Mike interviews Rey Bufi, the founder of The Storytelling Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower Filipino children by teaching them the habit of reading. Rey (or Kuya Rey to the children he reads stories to) has been storytelling since 2004, however in recent years he has quit his corporate job for good to pursue his vision full time.

Rey has now build an organizations that has positively impacted thousands of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is regarded as one of the most inspirational children’s storytellers in the Philippines. Marvel how from his humble beginnings the extraordinary decisions Rey has made for the service of others in this episode.

Mike Grogan and Rey Bufi of The Storytelling Project

In this interview, Mike and Rey discussed the following:

  • The vision of The Storytelling Project and its link to Kuya Rey’s dream for the Philippines.
  • The impact of storytelling on children.
  • How to motivate yourself when you are getting tired of pursuing your dreams.
  • The difference between choosing and deciding.
  • What to do when everyone is putting your down and discouraging you from pursuing your vision.
  • The 90-10 rule to dealing with a problem.
  • When to say NO. (It’s relative!)
  • Three things you need to do to become the best version of you.

Quotable Quotes:

Here are some memorable quotes from Rey and others that were mentioned in this episode.

  • If we raise a nation of readers then we will have future citizens who are critical thinkers, innovators, inventors – people with full of imagination
  • If things are not going right, stay a day longer. When you are tired with what you’re doing always go back to your reason why.
  • Every day is your future; every day is your vision.
  • When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. – Paolo Coelho
  • Focus on that goal and everything will align in God’s time.
  • Great leaders know when to quit.
  • Happiness is a choice. Choose to be happy.
  • If you care about the future of your children, you should also care about the future of other children.

Your turn!

What’s the one thing from this interview that inspires or empowers you to go further, faster? Share it in the comment section below!

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