One of the best personal finance books ever written is The Millionaire Next Door by Danko and Stanley. I’m not sure who the marketing or publishing genius behind the title The CEO Next Door is but they certainly got my attention when the book was released.
The CEO Myths
Except for maybe the CEO we work for, most are those larger-than-life personalities we read about in the press along with the books they’ve written. Names like Welch, Dell, Dimon, Bezos, and Zuckerberg come to mind.
Early in The CEO Next Door, the authors dethrone some of the myths through research that we have about these business leaders:
- They are not Ivy Leaguers
- They were not destined to greatness from an early age
- Most are not egotistical superheroes
- The don’t have a larger-than-life personality with exceptional charisma and confidence
- They don’t have a flawless resume
- They don’t excel in any situation
- They don’t check every ‘proverbial’ box
- The smarter, the better – that’s not always the case
Go back and look at the list above that dispels the myths we have about CEOs. This time, substitute CFO for CEO.
Think you cannot become CFO because you don’t ‘check’ all the boxes? Think again.
By the way, I give The CEO Next Door five stars. Read it.