On Friday, we published a story about the man who faked his own death in a plane crash and is being sued for the millions related to a damaged airplane he sold 8 years ago. He faked his own death in January because he was already going broke, got caught, was in a sh*t-ton of trouble for that and now is getting is even more over something he did a long time.
This is only one small story, but I think it fits into the larger theme of our current, global situation: Everyone is now accountable. Four easy words, but I think for most people, a very tough pill to swallow.
I know what you’re thinking: I’ve never committed fraud. I’m not rich. I barely know what short-selling is and I still kind of don’t get the premise behind sub-prime mortgages–but I want to be held accountable, too? What are my options?
Here’s a thought. Over the weekend, two people pointed out to me that I had become repellingly foul-mouthed. (I used the C-word, loudly, in Union Square, near the Virgin Atlantic megastore, no less.) I realized that, as my mother had always said, cursing signifies lack of vocabulary. When I swapped out the curse, I found that 3-4 sentences were need to describe what I meant.
I’ve often found that the same is true for superlative words. A while back, a friend pointed out to be that “amazing” has become a quite empty word, or at the very least, non-descriptive. The actual definition of the words entails an element of shock, but when people use it, they usually mean, “very cool.”
So I brainstormed a list of words to be used instead. To kick off what I’m calling, “Accountability Week,” next time you want to say “amazing,” choose a more descriptive word:
P.S Someone else read this list and replied, “Genius.” The list is probably not genius, but genius is also a good word to use instead of “amazing.”