Mike Grogan and Mary Grace Gabaya with a Filipino girl in student uniform

*This article originally appeared in the Business Mirror.

During the question and answer portion in one my talks recently, I was asked: “Sir, what is the one thing you would change about the Filipino?”

Now there is a temptation for every foreigner in the Philippines to start making a list of observations of what they think is holding back the country, but I did not want to go down that route.

I love this country and living here has made me a better man. My dream for this nation is a first-world Philippines in our lifetime—I am convinced that it will happen. However, for this to happen, I believe the Filipino must overcome possibly the greatest lie that their people have ever been told. The lie that somehow their beautiful brown skin is “not good enough”.