Did I ever tell you about the time I gave up my seat to imaginary people? I had been invited to a small, prestigious event and felt honored, albeit nervous, to be included. When I arrived a few minutes prior to the start, there were 6 seats remaining, 5 in a prime location and 1 awkward one off to the side. I quickly thought about who else was possibly attending, felt unworthy of the prime seats, and grabbed the awkward one. While this may sound polite, imagine my sheepishness when the event started and the other spots all remained open.
Note to self: An invited guest is welcome to take a good seat. If someone arrives later and you want to pay deference, you can always kindly offer them the spot. Next time, strike a balance between humility and self confidence.