Since we were kids, we’re taught that hard work is the only way to succeed. But is that true?

Executive coach Jeff Shannon says that “hard work is a good start” and it can definitely help you get a position early in your career, but it won’t get you ahead of everyone. Hard work isn’t worth anything if no one notices you’re doing it. In today’s changing workplace, you must make people—including yourself—recognize your efforts. This is called the “tiara effect” by Carol Frohlinger, president of a US-based consulting firm. In most organizations, having the skills isn’t enough; you also need to be likable to succeed. You must be a brilliant worker and someone who can be viewed as a leader to get to the top.

Sometimes, taking control of a situation may be needed to improve. You are the only one who has the power to manage your career.