Sometimes, you just need to be willing. No special skills or particular competence necessary — simply just being willing to do something others can but won’t do.
I learned and have profited from this realization at work in the past year. A certain set of important tasks on my team are somewhat hands-on in nature and not compatible with remote work. Our colleague that usually does these left the team. I stepped up and filled this gap.
The work is not particularly difficult — my teammates are smarter than me and could surely do it also. But I’m the only one that was willing and able to sacrifice remote work and commute every day. So I’ve been doing it.
Although it’s not the hardest, the work is nonetheless very important — critical, even. So I’ve been getting a lot of credit, brownie points, and even a raise from doing it.
Not because I’m smart — just willing.