If we want to make more of ourselves and our lives, and seek self improvement, it is essential to develop a strong work ethic. If we are in a job or a situation that we dislike, we must be prepared to make a decision. We must decide to either do the best work we can do in that situation, or take action to get out. These are the only real choices if self respect is important to us.
If there are any prospects of promotion in any position, a person who works hard and is eager and willing, will almost certainly be noticed by the people who can help. We may have to be prepared to ignore the negative attitudes of peers and colleagues who prefer to take the easy option of doing the minimum amount required to get by. But this is really only an option if we have no interest in self improvement or building a better life for ourselves.
There are plenty of people who pride themselves on doing as little as possible, beating the system or getting one over on their bosses. These people are also likely to spend a lot of time complaining about their lot, but probably like things as they are and enjoy the petty office politics. They almost certainly lack the courage or ambition to actually make any changes, and probably never will.
On the other hand, there are people who are ambitious and feel they have made their best efforts, but are being completely ignored by their bosses. In these cases moving on is the only option, and there is no doubt that any person with a strong work ethic and ambition will find a position where they will be appreciated.
Keeping up to date with the latest information in our field and learning new skills and techniques, and working on keeping motivated at all times will certainly help. Whether we desire to work our way up the corporate ladder, or eventually start our own business, having a strong work ethic is one of the most vital of all character traits for success.