Apples, oranges, jokes, and playgrounds – the perfect recipe for great business

During my time at Taggun, I’ve heard some pretty unusual, but brilliant advice that is too good not to share.

We’ve all heard the traditional advice us grads are given as we strive to succeed in the business world — “be the first one in and the last to leave” and “the best way up is by climbing that ladder” — but the things I have learned from our founder CK have been very different to this classic corporate culture.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the best (and strangest) advice I’ve heard from CK that will open your eyes to a new way of thinking

1. You should compare apples to oranges

Often business people are compared to business people, and companies find themselves only looking within their own industry for success stories and footsteps to follow. CK on the other hand looks to none other than comedians to learn some of the most important entrepreneurial lessons.

I was skeptical when I first heard this, as much as I love Kevin Hart I didn’t see myself getting business advice from him. But CK proved me wrong, he showed me that comedians can teach us good work-ethic, structured routines, how to turn negatives into positives, and that there is no clear path to success that everyone can follow. And he was right. Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, and Trevor Noah are slightly strange sources of business advice but the lessons we can learn from them aren’t found in the technology industry.

Looking outside the box for business advice really is like comparing apples to oranges, but in this instance, it actually works. If we all only looked within our own industries for the steps to follow, we would all end up following similar paths, lacking originality and spark – and who wants that?

Which leads me to the next tip…

2. Don’t be boring

This one is a bit more targeted at developers. CK hates boring code, and he knows that coding can get pretty tense when you’ve got an endless list of requirements to meet. I majored in Information Systems and have certainly seen a fair share of boring code that made me want to rip my hair out.

CK’s answer to this is to spice your code up a bit with a few harmless jokes here and there. Simple, yet very effective. A little bit of comedic relief when you’re in the thick of coding makes everything a bit less stressful and eases some of those frustrations. This is applicable to other business segments too, adding an element of light-heartedness in frustrating or boring processes can really lift the mood.

CK’s favourite example of this is HTTP I’m a teapot

3. Don’t be afraid to play on the jungle gym

This one is a bit more metaphorical than literally playing on a playground (although that is probably a great way to relieve stress). This is all about taking risks, making the most of opportunities, having fun, pushing yourself, challenging boundaries, and helping others.

Pretty much everything seemed possible on the playground when you were 8. Skipping 3 on the monkey bars? Easy. Running up the slide? Childs play. The floor is lava? You don’t have to tell me twice. But before we mastered those skills, we failed a lot. But after maybe one or two trips to the nurse for a plaster, we got right back on the horse and tried again.

When the opportunity to play tag with your friends arose, the answer was always yes. When you mastered the rope wall and your friend wasn’t quite there, you helped them to reach the top too. When you weren’t sure if you were tall enough to move to the higher monkey bars, you still gave them a go. Although the risks we take in business and life are a bit scarier and more serious than trying to skip bars on the playground, we should welcome them and give them a go just like we did when we were 8.

We could probably write a book on the things we’ve learned from CK at Taggun, but for now, these are the 3 tips that I’ll be taking with me throughout my career.

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