Yeah alright. Legalcheek got me. I kind of wondered as I post if he’d be that predictable…Of course he would!
You know, in that moment before I hit post when it crossed my mind that perhaps I should hashtag it #humblebrag because in the world of social media you aren’t actually allowed to comment on any compliment without it being either a) a #humblebrag or b) cocky. Its lose lose really. But I didn’t do that because that would be too many layers of post-modern-self-referential-irony and the space time continuum might have collapsed in on itself.
The thing is that as of yesterday the Legal 500 have me down as “quietly astute and able” (I was a strong advocate in 2012 so I think I’m going downhill!). And when I said “not sure they are actually talking about me” I had in mind the “quietly” bit. I wasn’t actually #humblebragging my astuteness or ability – I’m happy to take that without mock modesty. That’s nice, thank you. I’d like my future clients to know I’m astute and able. I hope none of my current or past clients thinks I am not both. I’d like to think most legal representatives are astute and able. But thanks. I suppose that makes me insufficiently humble. Oh well. I actually think it’s okay to say I’m good at my job. But I see my tweet was open to a different interpretation – of a faux modesty.
No I’m happy to “own” the description “astute and able“. It’s just the epithet “quiet” that is puzzling. I’m pretty sure I’m not known for being quiet – by anyone really. I have an ability to be astutely quiet when necessary, but I’m not (I think) either quietly astute or quietly able. More often I am positively un-able to be quiet. Which is why (the astute amongst you will have realised) I blog.
I’ve been amusing myself all day pondering who it might be that has formed a view of me as “quietly astute and able” – a solicitor, an opponent, a judge? It’s an interesting thing to find that people may not see you as you see yourself. Or maybe…the person who described me this way never ever stops talking and thinks everyone is quietly astute? I concede, that seems an unlikely explanation.
Of course the *hilarious* irony is that in loudly tweeting myself into LegalCheek’s top 9 #humblebrags (yes, I am a muppet), I have proved myself neither quiet nor particularly astute. Always worth being reminded though, that others may see you quite differently to how you see yourself. By my own #humblebrag and the good ministry of Legalcheek I have indeed been truly humbled…
Off to a darkened room now to be astutely quiet (asleep). Tomorrow I shall set about projecting more not-quiet astuteness. Next year I am aiming for a ranking that reads “humble yet loudly brilliant”…