In her debut self-help guide, certified public accountant and motivational speaker Fraser provides planning tools and a faith-based framework for a fulfilling life.
Fraser understands burnout, business, and the Bible. A highly accomplished accountant, including a 10-year stint managing the finances for a church organization with media and other holdings, Fraser admits that several times she’s had to focus on getting back on track to her true destiny—and God’s plan—of leading a successful, balanced, and, thus, wealthy life. In this primer, she outlines the guiding principles to prompt this restart using the acronym FOCUS: Faith, Open, Cut, Unleash, Serve. Believing that “Every success idea (sic) and concept ever conceived can be found in the Bible,” Fraser highlights where many people have misinterpreted God’s word. For example, the actual quote from the Gospel of Matthew is “the love of money is the root of all evil,” she says, not money itself. Fraser also prefers translations stating that God “gives you the ability to produce wealth” versus the “the power to get,” since the former better signals one’s own responsibility to take action. Helping to get that ball rolling, Fraser points readers to a quick online career-assessment tool; Lean Canvas, a one-page visual board to use when starting a business; and most significantly, her Single-Page Planning Tool to spec out tangible objectives and steps, complete with due dates and performance measures, which will help readers move forward on life and career goals. Whatever one feels about the use of Scripture in this realm, Fraser offers value to all with her simple yet effective planning aids, which help to cut through the clutter found elsewhere in the complex world. She is also no holy roller: She offers lay references (including Rick Pitino and Stephen Covey) to support her narrative and acknowledges modern dilemmas, e.g., that she, too, gets distracted by Dancing with the Stars. Overall, her tone is embracing and empowering; one of her key pieces of advice is to “be salty….don’t be afraid to follow your instincts even if it means being irritating.”
An inspiringly practical, not preachy, approach to strategic life planning.