Don't close the door to your own happiness. Don't let bashfulness or shyness stop you from enjoying your well deserved riches.
Avoid the temptation to be stubborn. Instead, get ahead by taking advantage of your ability to communicate with people. While other people are trying to push their own agendas, you can still make them listen to your point of view through clever and tactful use of your persuasive skills. It won't be easy, but it's still possible to move a mountain or two today if your proposal is strong.
Critique carefully, as someone might be feeling raw and exposed at this time.