If the saying: “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know” is true then your objective becomes simple. If your power is extended by the people you know, rather than bitch and moan about that principle, and the people who do get ahead because of the people they know, then why not use that same principle to your advantage. Create a social network of excellence. Knowledge is power and if that can be enhanced even further by associating with people who can elevate you then do exactly that! Learn to become great at networking and learn to value yourself. When people of influence see someone who knows their own value they will work with you to increase your value.