That’s because books like that don’t jazz me as much as a book like this. I feel passionately about this book, and the subjects in this book. The inspiration for it? Try my own sorry life!
I don’t hide the fact I have multiple sclerosis, a degenerative nerve disease. I got the news on MS almost ten years to the day after I learned I had cancer. Doctors tell me the odds of getting both in one life are something like two million to one! But the purpose of mentioning this now isn’t to win your sympathy, but to gain your understanding about this book.
When I first learned about my MS, I was pretty angry. I cried a lot, sulked a lot, complained a lot, did the self-pity thing. I used to ask my wife, who clearly got the shorter end of the “in sickness and in health” thing, why I had to suffer. I remember she used a line, echoed later by a doctor, “Because everyone does.”
And that’s the point here, that’s the point of “More Than Money,” that everyone does suffer. That everyone does carry his or her own cross in life. And some are a lot heavier than mine. I was just too selfish and too self-absorbed to see it. It took the characters in this book to help me to see that.
I guess you could call this a sort of modern-day “Profiles in Courage.” It’s about people who’ve overcome a great deal and somehow mustered the courage and strength to make a difference. There’s the story of the quadriplegic Congressman who turned an accident into a cause; a brokerage industry heavyweight who lost his son on September 11th but stuck around to help his firm; the father-son grocery store team who saw the store they built from scratch destroyed in a fire but kept paying their workers through months of rebuilding.
These are just a few of my many heroes who prompted me to think less about me and more about my role in this world. I’ve come to discover that all of us are judged not by how we handle things that go well, but precisely how we deal with things that do not. It’s what defines us, and marks us.
So, this is my book, my chance to think less of me and more about people far greater than me, stronger than me, all of whom have ultimately helped me. They’ve made my life better. I hope they do the same for you. True, you can’t get a hot stock tip out of this, or make money on this, but I like to think this is about a lot more than material things, and about a whole lot “More Than Money.”
Neil Cavuto serves as senior vice president, anchor and managing editor for both FOX News Channel (FNC) and FOX Business Network (FBN). He is anchor of FNC's Your World with Cavuto - the number one rated cable news program for the 4 p.m. timeslot - as well as the FNC Saturday show Cavuto on Business. He also hosts Cavuto on FBN weeknights at 8 p.m. In addition to anchoring daily programs and breaking news specials on FNC and FBN, Cavuto oversees business news content for both networks and FNC's weekend business shows, including Bulls & Bears, Forbes on Fox, and Cashin' In. Click here for more on Neil Cavuto.