He was known as a food blogger Captain Ruby, nowadays Ruby has his own podcast entitled Thirty Days of Lunch. The podcast is managed by Ruby and Ario Pratomo (@sheggario). Ruby confessed that prior being a podcaster, he has been delving in various backgrounds, and during the process, such experiences gave him many insights.
Thirty Days of Lunch is Ruby’s and Ario’s podcast where they invite different guests for each episode to talk about various topics in a casual conversation, yet are explored thoroughly.
Seeing you and Ario have a different background, how did you guys finally agree on doing a podcast together?
“The initial idea was simply me sharing things that I know during my early 20s, like practical things to manage the finance, to find the passion, and all those sorts. Ario came to mind because we have a different background, also because he represents South Jakarta, whereas I am the opposite, so we have a lot of spectrums in terms of point of views. In Ario’s case, he already has a podcast so I thought we could learn from one another.”
Thirty Days of Lunch offers a different guest in every episode, which one has left the biggest impression on you?
“Truthfully, for us, it’s not about who the guest is, but what can we learn from him—so in terms of inviting the guest, we really don’t need someone with a huge amount of followers on the internet, but definitely someone who is an expert at his/her field and someone who we can learn from. However, if I am asked which one left the biggest impression on me—first of all, every single guest that we invited has their own stories and life-lessons to tell, but Gary Vay (owner of US-based digital agency Vayner Media) sure has left the biggest impression both on me and Ario—to think that he’s actually agreed to join the podcast is definitely a highlight of the show.”
So when you’re choosing your guest, do you have any specific themes for the guest?
“Basically, we see the crucial needs and the fundamental lessons that we believe they are better to be known as early as possible, for instance, investment. I wish I had known how to invest my money during the early year of my twenties, that’s actually the core of how this podcast is going—things that are better to be shared and to be known for as early as possible, so that those who are still seeking the lights in their journeys can find the guide to pass their twenties right.
Why did you choose Podcast in the first place?
“We feel like podcast is a shortcut to learn, especially for those who are from the big cities. Many of us have unintended free times that can be utilized to obtain some new information, for instance the time that they use to commute to their offices, or when they’re at the gym, or even when you’re a housewife and taking care of your children—you can use your time to listen to a podcast as you mind your own business. The versatility nature of the platform is what drags me and Ario to podcast, it’s so different with video which requires more of your attention to the screen, through podcast you only need your ears to get the whole new knowledge that you’ll be thankful for.”
What do you wish to achieve from Thirty Days of Lunch?
“Our main goal is to inspire as many young people as possible to create the generation of learners. There is a statistic about the interest of reading from around the globe, and sadly our country is nearly on the last rank of the list. It’s so sad knowing that our country is lacking of interest in reading while all the answers of their biggest problems are on the books. That fact actually fuels me to take a step to do what I can do to strengthen our next generation, and for now it’s through our modern learning tools on the podcast. Podcast is not the last source of platform for us to spread the knowledge as we recently begin our YouTube channel with the same purposes. Our next goal is to expand and deepen our ways to share more information with a wider effect.”
You talk a lot about entrepreneurship and most of your listeners are still young—sometimes people on their early twenties tend to think about having fun. What do you think about that?
“Twenties is indeed the best time of our life, and it’s not wrong to have fun during that time, however there are things you need to realize before everything passes by without you knowing. If you’re in your twenties, you have all the time in the world to explore as many things as possible but, mind you, that there’s this thing called season in life and it’s something you can’t deny and rewind. For example, there are things that you can only do before you hit thirties—statistically people in thirties already have some bigger responsibilities, such as family—meaning that your time and your freedom are more limited. Therefore, as long as you remember that “you reap what you sow” is really happening with your life, use your time well to invest for your late days and you’ll be good to go.”
Mind to share your tips to have a productive day?
“First, plan ahead before somebody else does it for you, things will work easier if you know what goals you’d like to finish by that day. Second of all, try to do the most important things first—I believe in Pareto principle: that 20% of my efforts will represent the 80% of the results. Lastly, find your own productive time, every person has it differently, so when you’ve figured out your best time make a use out of it, don’t let other people bother you during that time. Therefore you’ll get the best results of yourself.”
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