CAREER DEVELOPMENT / OCT. 12, 2014
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5 Marx Brothers Jokes That Can Help Your Career Life

The Marx Brothers were a family comedy act that transitioned from Vaudeville to Broadway to the motion picture industry. Comprised of Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo, the group was one of the most successful comedy acts in the history of entertainment. From wisecracks to slapstick comedy, the Marx Bros. could do anything.

Indeed, no one has been able to match the true intellectual genius of the Marx Bros. today. Unfortunately, today’s generation mostly knows the Three Stooges, but the Marx Bros. was the true comedy gem. The comedy greats Charlie Chaplin and W.C. Fields even envied the four men.

Participating in a number of films for Paramount and MGM, the Marx Bros. told numerous jokes that can easily be interpreted as philosophical insights. Although the group peaked in the late 1940s, their talents haven’t been able to be matched by today’s entertainers. In fact, most of their jokes had more meaning than most books on philosophy.

Here are five Marx Bros. jokes that can easily translate to your career and overall life:

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

In a world of binge-watching, constant connectivity to our favourite shows and Netflix ubiquity, a substantial number of today’s generation refuses to read, whether it’s classic fiction, history or science, and this won’t bode well for their future.

This joke, though, is important to highlight how important it is to read and how bad the bood-tube really is for us. There are numerous benefits to reading, such as stress reduction, mental stimulation, vocabulary expansion and stronger analytical skills – all of these are important exercises to perform in the workforce.

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.”

Do you hate your job? Do you dread waking up Monday to Friday at 6 a.m. to get ready for work? Well, change it. Seek out a career that is your true passion. We live for about 80 years, but we’ll be guaranteed to be dead for billions of more years. You shouldn’t waste your life in a career you despise just to put groceries on the table.

If you had a great job prior to the recession, but your occupation now isn’t as wonderful then try your best to alter your career path by gaining new skills, looking for new employment opportunities and changing your lifestyle.

“Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”

The workplace can be a vile, ultra-competitive and fatiguing setting. From cruel bosses to immature colleagues, it can be difficult at times to work (and trust) with people at the office. When in doubt, always find out important information yourself as opposed to relying on a co-worker or a supervisor because they can definitely get you into trouble – it’s likely many people reading this article will empathize with this sentiment.

“A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.”

Of course, when you’re in a professional occupation, you’re not going to actually search for a five-year-old child to offer you assistance on a problem. With that being said, if you are stuck on a problem, don’t understand something or can’t seem to come up with a solution, just ask. It’s as simple as that. We don’t know everything, and we shouldn’t be afraid to realize this.

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”

When people are young and notice so many problems occurring in all aspects of life, the youth will turn to political leaders and depend on them to solve these issues. However, as Groucho Marx pointed out, politics isn’t necessarily the area to discover resolutions to troubling matters.

The 2008 presidential campaign was a great example of this as millions of young people supported then-Senator Barack Obama. A few years later, however, they have become vastly disappointed in his administration. Debt is out of hand, wars are still going on and corruption and scandals are just as prevalent as they were prior to 2008.

The Marx Bros. were indeed an insightful quartet (as you can tell). If you have never heard of them or if you’ve never viewed any of their pictures, be sure to check out some of their films, particularly “Night at the Opera,” “Duck Soup,” “Animal Crackers,” “Monkey Business” and “The Cocoanuts.”

Are you a Marx Bros. fan? If so, what are your favourite jokes? Let us know in the comment section.

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