Romans 2:29 KJV
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
It is never a bad idea for a believer to remember this main rule of real faith, "...whose praise of not of men, but of God." We can win the praise of men for all sorts of reasons.
Some win that praise for acts of heroism
Some win that praise for their skills on the acting screen
Some win that praise for their athletic abilities
Some win praise for being kind souls
Some win praise for being generous
Some only seek the praise of one or two people
Some seek the praise of a nation
But the problem with seeking the praise of men is that it so often is at the expense of the praise of God. God's thoughts are not our thoughts and God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts. What people believe to be praiseworthy is frequently and abomination before the Lord.
The cure? Always seek only the praise of God. Sometimes those who also seek the praise of God will praise you for it, but even then be careful; you aren't looking for their praise either.