Have you been given a crappy assignment?
Is your job your field’s equivalent of disassembling the drainage pipes in the building and cleaning them? Is it beneath your skill set?
Pride goeth before the fall.
News flash: No one’s hiring people with PhDs in operating an abacus anymore. The same may go for your skill set, too.
The key thing to remember about crappy assignments is that very few people embrace them well enough to get good at them. Yes, it’s true that if you get really good at a job that nobody else wants, you might be assigned to that job for a very long time. Unfortunately, if you do a mediocre or bad job at it, you may not have any job for very long.
Maybe you’ve been assigned this crappy job because people believe that you can turn things around. Do you want to prove people who believe in you wrong?
Maybe you’ve been assigned this crappy job because people expect you to fail. Do you want to prove those people right?
Embrace your inner lackey.
Find the angle that you can own and attack it.