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An “embarrassing” part of your success depends on this skill.

The trick to getting ahead at work isn’t to be the fastest learner or smartest in the room, but to have a positive attitude, says Amazon CEO Andy Jassy.

Jassy, ​​who took the top job at Amazon following Jeff Bezos’ resignation in 2021, shared his “best career advice” in a new interview with LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky.

“I think an embarrassing part of your performance, especially in your 20s, has to do with your attitude,” Jassy, ​​56, said.

It’s not just about being happy, he explained. Having a positive attitude means, among other strengths, that you work well in a team and meet deadlines.

If you have the right mindset, Jassy said you should be able to confidently answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • Do you work hard?
  • Are you more positive than negative?
  • Are you doing what you said you were going to do?
  • Can you work in a team?

These strategies are “so simple” and yet often overlooked, he said.

“People would be surprised how rarely people have good attitudes,” he added. “I think it makes a big difference.”

Enthusiasm can allow you to take advantage of opportunities such as stretching assignments and training programs because you will feel more confident stepping out of your comfort zone and knowing that you can tackle any challenge that comes your way. present.

Jassy was just 29 when he joined Amazon as a marketing executive in 1997. Five years into his career there, he was asked to be Bezos’ first “shadow” advisor, a virtual -chief of staff who participates in all CEO meetings.

Several of his colleagues at Amazon told him not to accept the offer, but Jassy said he chose to focus on the positive aspects of the job and by accepting it he was able to strengthen his skills in leadership.

“I just thought that if it wasn’t something that worked, either for Jeff or for me, if I tried it for a few months, I could always try something else, but if it worked, I never heard of another job like that,” he said. “And it was just an incredible experience.”

Importantly, Amazon executives have been criticized for their treatment of warehouse workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and for allegedly fostering a harsh work culture.

Jassy has previously acknowledged that the company could improve the treatment of its employees. “I think if you have a big group of people like us… it’s almost like a small country,” he said at the GeekWire Summit in 2021. “There’s a lot of things you could do better .”

No matter where you are in your career, having a positive attitude can help you build stronger relationships in the workplace. “You find advocates and mentors a lot quicker,” Jassy said. “People want them to succeed.”

Research has confirmed the benefits of a positive attitude in the workplace: it can make you more productive, boost creativity, and prevent burnout, among other benefits.

“There are so many things you can’t control in your professional life,” Jassy said. “But you can control your attitude.”

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