The way to get anyone's attention is to offer them value.
Anyone who is successful constantly gives this advice to young go-getters looking to stand out. But if you're like me, you might be wondering how the hell you actually do it.
Start by looking inward.
Figure out what value you bring to the table; what you're best at. This takes self-awareness, which can only come from introspection - you need to really take time to think about it.
Understand your audience.
Everyone is looking for different things. Develop empathy to understand what people need, and what you can do that would be valuable specifically to them.
Do what others can not (or will not).
If you are the only one capable of bringing some thing to the table, great. If you are the only one willing to put in the time and work to do so, that's even greater.
Often times people need help with things because they are difficult, or because they are things nobody wants to do. To make yourself valuable, you'll have to get over it and do the shitty jobs.
Keep an open mind to helping others.
There's a lot of serendipity involved in offering value to other people. They won't always explicitly ask, but if you're paying attention, something will come up.
Don't keep score.
"Karma works because people are very consistent. On a long enough timescale, you will attract what you project. But don't measure, your patience will run out if you are counting" - Naval Ravikant
Just keep swinging.
Life is a numbers game. Sometimes your work won't be appreciated. Sometimes you won't live up to your potential. But if you keep at it, it'll all work out in the end.
Live your own story.
The main thing I've learned in trying to offer value to others is that it's different for everyone. So get out there, work hard, and make yourself valuable. You can do it - I promise.