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Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite
This is an amazing book. It is the heart-felt story of a man’s inner and outer journey on a quest for what we all want in life: significance and meaning. Author Mike Frank made a boyhood vow that propelled him into the high-flying corporate world. This world measured a man by his financial and material success. His nickname was ‘Iceman,’ which should have warned him about what he was becoming. He rapidly became a top executive at General Mills, Pepsi Co, Frito Lay Taco Bell, and Disney. He helped build a company worth billions (MFS), and was a founder of another (Level 3 Communications) worth over 100 billion. He continued to be blessed by life’s riches, with a lovely wife and four children, and still things were going great. The ladder skywards was never-ending; the rewards were abundant, until tragedy struck and reality bit him hard. Suddenly the money and status became meaningless. It could not fill the empty hole in his soul.
From that time, Mike Frank began an inner journey, and turned his back on the outer trappings. Family tragedy, a heart-rending trip to war-torn Sierra Leone to ‘give back’ some of his material fortune in life, and concerted efforts to rebuild his relationship with his children turned the author’s life around. In a story told simply and humbly, but with compelling honesty, the author has looked inside himself and found what everyone needs to learn in life: there is no success without significance and wealth is a by-product, not a goal. This story is easily relevant to most people’s lives. We all ask ourselves why we are here, what we are doing and what our purpose in life is. The answers are small, not earth shattering, and we all know the truth just by looking inside. At the end of each chapter, the author has included ‘reality check’ questions, encouraging the readers to think about their own lives and what is most meaningful. This spiritual, mental, and emotional journey will resonate with readers. I highly recommend reading this book for a reality check on life. In the author’s own words, “I can’t give you the formula for success, but I can show you how to live a life of relentless purpose . . . which may or may not include profound wealth.”