Kent Healy

A separate, but brief newsletter including all things thought-provoking in a bullet point format. Think, "world wide web curated for wonderlusts." UM updates are shared between my main TUL articles. You can expect intriguing quotes, interesting reads, recommended resources, cool products, and other fun surprises. Subscribe to this list below.

The Achievement of Genius

Musings

“Talent is able to achieve what is beyond other people’s capacity to achieve, yet not what is beyond their capacity of apprehension; therefore it at once finds its appreciators. The achievement of genius, on the other hand, transcends not only others’ capacity of achievement, but also their capacity of apprehension; therefore they do not become immediately aware of it. Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target … which others cannot even see…”

What makes something play as opposed to work?

Musings

“What makes something play as opposed to work is not what you do, but why you do it. Even the most mundane work can be transformed into play if you do it just for itself and for no reasons besides — if the financial rewards you accrue are merely incidental bonuses. The most important and most difficult thing in life is…”

A story about limits (and boundless ambition)

Musings

Early this week I returned from Chicago for my semi-annual mastermind meeting comprising of 6 other young adults whom are both friends and very impressive entrepreneurs. I always do my best to hold myself to a high standard of work and equally great ambition. For years I thought I held myself to the limit of my ability — but that perception was quickly undone when I joined…

I’ll retire when I’m dead

Musings

I’ll Retire When I’m Dead: “The ideal is for retirement to be a period of rejuvenation and relaxation. After 40 years of work, people finally get to enjoy their time and hard-earned money. The reality is that it often leads to a severe decline in mental and physical health. Retirement “raises the probability of poor health,” increases difficulties with mobility and worsens mental health … Other studies have found retirees are 40 percent more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than their working peers, and that retirement increases the probability of depression by, coincidentally, 40 percent.” – John McDermott in…

Thankfulness is not the endgame, it’s a starting point

Musings

“I’m not saying we shouldn’t appreciate the good things in our lives. But thankfulness is not the endgame, it’s a starting point. Instead of five minutes of gratitude a day, try spending five minutes a day visualizing what it is you want to kick ass for and how you’re going to get it. Maybe then you’ll really have something to be thankful for.” – Taylor Mayol via Ozy in the provocative article titled, “Screw Gratitude. It’s holding you back!” (So, is “gratitude is a privilege for those without serious problems” as the author writes?)

We can’t all be nonconformists at every moment

Musings

“It’s true that every leader needs followers. We can’t all be nonconformists at every moment, but conformity is dangerous — especially for an entity in formation. If you don’t hire originals, you run the risk of people disagreeing but not voicing their dissent. You want people who choose to follow because they genuinely believe in ideas, not because they’re afraid to be punished if they don’t…”

We’re all amateur attention economists

Musings

“We are all amateur attention economists, hoarding and bartering our moments — or watching them slip away down the cracks of a thousand YouTube clips. … Attention, thus conceived, is an inert and finite resource, like oil or gold: a tradable asset that…”