Work: I believe if you are getting paid to do something you should do it to the best of your ability. Hard work always beats talent. In the future I am going to continue to work hard at my job and show my boss I deserve a raise rather than ask.
Just because you aren't given the credit and haven't been recognised for your work doesn't mean you have to give up or stop. You don't always need credit, other people do not always have to know what you are capable of doing as long as you do.