There is a very easy way to beat 99% of your colleagues and almost everyone in your circle.
This method is keeping learning. Learn to do your work, and how to make it better; learn everything that you are interested in. Because people learn a lot of stuff in school, but when they leave school, normally they think they will never need to learn anything. But truth is, when you leave school, the real course just starts.
If you can learn by yourself very efficient, you can do anything, so just keep learning.