Sweating the Small Stuff

Several of you asked why a business news anchor would waste his time discussing such trivial issues as opening a door for a woman. I'll tell you why: because they're not trivial. To me, they're very important.

My father used to say you can tell a lot about a bigwig by how he gets along with wigs who aren't so big. He was right.

Some you say I should be focused on bigger things. I beg to differ. I think life is often judged by the little things. The proof is in the thousands of e-mails this subject of opening doors generated. More of you responded to this incident than any merger, any scandal, or any president I've covered.

A man named Tony e-mailed to say, a real business show wouldn't bother with such silly things. To me then, that show isn't real.

You know, for the life of me, I can't recall someone in his or her final days, lamenting, "If only I had put more time in at the office."

No, they wonder and fret over other things — the little things — like time lost with a spouse, or kids. They're not so little when we're facing the big end.

I'm not here to suggest a business show should stop looking at business. I am here to say a good business show should stop and look at the people who make up that business.

Let me be clear: I'd rather spread the items of lasting value than the numbers of passing interest.

You can do both. Some of my competitors disagree. They say spreadsheets matter. I say, they're right — because on this show, the spreadsheet has just hit the fan.

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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.