Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.
Allow me to modernize this a bit (forgive me if I mangle the word of God inadvertently). To me it reads like this:
“Do not boast in the presence of your superiors, and don’t put yourself above others; it is better to be singled out and honored than to be humiliated in front of everyone.”
The easiest examples I can think of come in the sports world where players speak of themselves in the third person and claim to be All Stars when they are not. Nothing gives media more gleeful joy than to tear down individuals like this. On the other hand, there are guys out there that quietly do their job, giving credit to their teammates and coaches. When one of those guys finally gets noticed, they get 100 times more respect than the guy that was boasting.
Same can be said in our own lives. If you go around tooting your own horn, you’ll be surprised how quickly people will make it their mission to knock you off your self-built throne. Being humble doesn’t always mean you’ll eventually be recognized, but God sees you and He knows your heart. And a respectful nod from Him is worth a billion pats on your own back.