As J once said, statecraft is foremost a matter of defining one's goals/objectives and then setting out to achieve them. There are important life lessons in the seminar I just went to (about women negotiating for positions in academia or industry). The 'I'm ridiculously stellar so I don't need statecraft' outlook is just as harmful as 'If I'm good, I'll be rewarded without having to ask for a raise/promotion/benefit.' You have to know what your objectives are, and remember them when you're lost in the woods.
Current music: Elysian Fields - Set the Grass on Fire