Sharpen your skills. Refuse to be mediocre at what you do. If that requires gaining more formal education, or reading more books around your industry, do it. Excellence is always noticed. Be diligent, focus on doing a good job, don't be lazy about your work. Proverbs basically says, dealing with a lazy person is annoying. We turn down the benefits of opportunities by lacking effort about the way we live life. If dealing with you is annoying because you're just not motivated you miss out.