What I have learned in the past few months is that you should confer benefits on everyone around you, including the people who dislike you. It does not mean being weak, naive, or spineless -- it means working for the common good.
You will not be part of the clique, and you won't be everyone's buddy. But you will do what needs to be done.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko