Months before it was documented that Q3 GDP growth was 4.1%, we were experiencing signs of recovery in our business. Now that many other signs scream there is traction, finally, in this growth trajectory we can stop worrying and return to making the serious money.
The peril there is that those of us who aren't in touch with the collective consciousness out there might be tempted to brag. Don't do that. Right now there is zero tolerance for boasting of any kind. We have all been through too much. We expect you to enjoy your good fortune with dignity, grace and a shut mouth.
Increasingly, there is evidence of gushers being punished for enjoying their success a bit too much, at least in public.
Take the downsizing field of law. Some, of course, continue to do well. One such lawyer has a column on a legal website. His tragic flaw is The Gush. Among what he had bragged about was getting his opinion-editorials published in a brandname newspaper. After that, the comments on his column shrunk. I do not have access to his traffic numbers. If they decline significantly, his column will be bounced from the site.
In a Connecticut 12-step program, a woman over-50 gushed that she could retire if she chose to and had inherited a portfolio of assets from her father. We just couldn't stand that. Not for a moment. She wondered why this was the first holiday season in which she did not receive invitations. I last spotted her going into a movie theatre by herself.
Adversity changes us. Even if we had not been decimated ourselves during the two recessions of the 21st century, we know those who had. We have no stomach for The Gush. We will continue to punish those who attempt to inflict this verbal atrocity on civilization in the year 2014.