The first thing people ask me about the book is the cover. Why on earth am I dressed in a James Bond getup? And why would a serious television anchor so demean himself?
Well, that’s my point. I don’t take myself seriously, at least not too seriously. I have no problem ribbing myself, because God knows more than a few of my viewers do! That’s why from the very first day I started working at FOX I made sure to include critical comments on my show. I learn from them because they are both revealing and often humbling (my wife freely tells me I could use the latter!)
My point with the tongue-in-cheek James Bond cover is that I cover both the serious and the not-so-serious. It’s a book about the mighty chief executives and money stars who’ve made it and the little, unknown cashier in the middle of a holiday rush “trying” to make it. It’s about those with vast fortunes and those with no fortunes at all. It’s dedicated to those whose lives are set and those whose lives are far from set. I hope my point is coming across; it’s about your money, and it’s about your life.
I told someone a long time ago that mine is not a show about the economy, stupid; it’s about living, stupid. It’s why I point out in the book that I do not distinguish between business news and general news. The two are the same. The approach to communicate simply and clearly is the same. And the goal to leave people thinking, maybe even laughing or crying…that’s the same too.
One of the things I do at the end of each show is a special little commentary called “Common Sense,” in which I highlight an issue of the day or sometimes just a small, little event that day. Sometimes the event is well known and well chronicled. Other times, most times, it’s not. It’s about a doorman outside a hotel braving a blizzard and ungrateful people, but nevertheless smiling throughout. It’s about a woman dying of cancer, trying to make the most of the holidays with the few close family and friends gathering with her one last time.
These are the things that move me. These are the events that define me in life, and what I consider important in life. As in my last book, "More Than Money," I don’t hide that I have had a tough life in many respects. I fought back a near-life-ending cancer, only to end up with multiple sclerosis years later. Doctors have since told me that the odds of contracting both diseases in the same life are something like two million to one! Yet here I am, marching on, continuing to do my job when doctors who’ve examined my scans and MRIs tell me I shouldn’t be walking or talking.
I’m not here to lament my woes or win sympathies (although if it keeps me out of doing chores at home I can and will pour it on!) but to measure life by the little, profound things I see in life. These are my thoughts…on wars and those who fight them, on friends and those we think are friends, and on dying and those who did it with dignity.
I don’t venture to think this book will change your life. I just hope it will make you a tad more grateful for your life, including those things that come at a high price and those that are simply…priceless.
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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.