You Are Smart, a Hard Worker and …

hard worker cartoon

This one actually came from my Mom. Not the joke, not the idea for the joke, but what I call a “germ” for a joke. Some little thing that speaks to me as something that has potential to be made fun of.

For whatever reason, my mother is consistently concerned about my potassium levels. She used to get leg cramps and the doctors thought her potassium might be a little low, so she ate bananas. It did the trick, and now potassium is a bullet point in most conversations with my mom.

Anyway, after hearing “you know, bananas are great! They’re full of potassium!” yet again, this little cartoon popped into my head. And I have to say, even just drawing a banana made me feel a little better.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website,, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

6 Reactions
  1. Martin Lindeskog

    Have a banana! 🙂

  2. As usual, this brings a smile to my face – and I like that fact that there’s a personal story behind it 🙂

  3. Sounds like my mother 🙂
    Typical Jewish mom ….

  4. My mom is always on me about potassium as well.

  5. In a way, this reminds me of an IT manager I once worked with when I was head of HR — back in the day.

    He was an excellent manager day to day. But as soon as it came time to write performance reviews, he would get a brain cramp.

    Consequently, every review he wrote was super short and sounded the same for every employee. He would start out: “Joe is smart, a hard worker and knows his area well.”

    I used to try to coach him, “you need to give your people more feedback than that.”

    I can almost picture him scratching around wildly trying to come up with comments and ending up with something like “and he’s full of potassium too ….” 🙂