Today’s reading Proverbs 12-14
Proverbs 12:9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better Than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
Solomon explains to his son that substance is better than appearance. Men often brag on themselves and make much of themselves while they have nothing to eat. Other men may not be the highly respected and honored man but they have a servant. Solomon says it would be better to be the guy that actually has something than the guy who tries to act like someone.
When you actually do accomplish something you will often be despised or not respected. Those that honor themselves must always have a way to cover why they have not servant and their children are hungry.
So work harder at getting something done than getting everyone to think so highly of you!