Curt Harlow just found out that I have publicly called myself the world’s #1 speaker on the subject of humility.
In case you were unaware, that’s Curt’s tagline. He probably even has it tattooed in an indelicate place.
So he called me up, “Glen, you are not the world’s number one speaker on the subject of humility and you know it. That’s my schtick.”
I believe my reply can best be summarized as “neener‐neener.”
So we have four options:
1) We can each humbly agree that the other person is right. This option is appealing, but I just can’t see Curt going for it.
2) I can apologize for stealing his joke and print up business cards for him proclaiming his humble status. I’m sure Curt would prefer this solution, but he really set himself up to be knocked when he started the joke. Jokes are made to be expanded, refracted, and revised.
3) We can rumble. Curt’s bigger than me, so I don’t plan to pursue this course of action.
4) I can call myself the world’s number two speaker on the subject of humility in a tone of voice that implies I know that makes me more humble than the number one guy.
And so I choose option number 4. I am clearly the world’s number TWO speaker on the subject of humility and I am humble enough to be content with that ranking.