In Chapter 12 of 19 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, standup comedian Matt Ruby answers "Where Did You Learn Your Work Ethic?" Ruby finds fear motivates him to practice enough to perform at levels that meet his expectations. He notes how a string of bad shows, where he is not doing as well as he could be doing, pushes him to compare his performance and push himself to succeed. He notes how technology can be a negative influence on his productivity and how unplugging is important for him to stay on track and produce and practice new comedy material.
Matt Ruby is a standup comedian and comedy writer based in New York City. He co-produces the weekly show "Hot Soup", co-hosts the monthly show "We're All Friends Here", and manages a comedy blog "Sandpaper Suit". Ruby graduated from Northwestern University.