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Number-one New York Times Best Seller Discover the life-changing memoir that has inspired millions of readers through the Academy Award-winning actor’s unflinching honesty, unconventional wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.
Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Guardian
“McConaughey’s book invites us to grapple with the lessons of his life as he did - and to see that the point was never to win, but to understand.” (Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)
I’ve been in this life for 50 years, been trying to work out its riddle for 42, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last 35. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.
Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges - how to get relative with the inevitable - you can enjoy a state of success I call “catching greenlights.”
So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.
Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.
It’s a love letter. To life.
It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights - and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green, too.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 42 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 20 2020|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #17 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Biographies of the Rich & Famous (Books)
#3 in Entertainment & Celebrity Biographies
#8 in Personal Success
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Matthew took the road less travelled and he was all the better for it, and we are the better for his preparation and note taking over his exciting life. We join him on his journeys to Australia, South America, and Africa. We take a tour through America and Canada in his Air Stream travel trailer. Finally, we are routing for his successful transition from Romantic Comedy actor to roles that resonate more with him.
Looking forward to hearing more about his journey as a father and grandfather as well as his continued travels in the future!!
I watched my father die the day after I turned 25. I watched my mother die less than 2 years later. I am a provincial + national champion quarterback (I'm blind in one eye) in football, + I threw the longest touchdown pass in Canadian Junior Football History. I’ve travelled to 17 countries. I have played 2-on-2 basketball with David Duchovny—and beat him. I’ve had breakfast with Michael Chiklis. I brushed past the Dali Lama. I crashed a motorcycle in Jamaica wearing only shorts and flip flops—my first time riding a motorbike. I tried to buy a hotel in Jamaica that led me to Panama during a military coup—something to do with Noriega. Sixteen years after my mother died, I discovered she wasn’t my birth mother, and everything familial in my life had been a lie. This moment trapped me, and I started living it over and over and over and over again. In 2016, I met my birth mother for the first time alongside her deathbed—saying goodbye—adding to my baggage.
I have a wonderful life. A challenging life. A fascinating life. I have a lot of life left.
In Greenlights, McConaughey, with breathtaking honesty, humour, and subtle, deft wisdom, shares his life’s journey. Instilling in each of us the importance of cherishing moments, placing them in the right compartments, and then moving forward to give yourself and those you love the fullest, most vibrant life experiences. Love is paramount. It’s okay to move past the moments you keep living over and over and over and over again. It is a must that you do.
Thank You, Matthew, for sharing your journey.
WRITTEN: December 3, 2020
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“All lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter more” What? Does this make you feel better. This statement was written at the end of the book. I would not have proceeded any further had it been at the beginning.
Born into the lower middle class in East Texas, McConaughey looks back nostalgically at a childhood few would envy. His parents divorced and remarried each other twice, he was subject to corporal punishment and money was always an issue. Yet he doesn’t complain about disadvantage. In fact he honors his parents despite their shortcomings. He adheres to a philosophy of choosing to recalibrate what seems like the inevitable until it turns into a green light or way forward in life.
After a rite of passage involving brawling with a barroom bouncer, McConaughey pursued acting with the drive and hard work ethic that was instilled into him. Finding early success, he choose to live in a way directly opposite to the Hollywood scene. Traveling the country with his dog, going off on expeditions to the middle of Africa and South America, McConaughey sees livin (drop the g to indicate it’s always a verb) as more than just the material success and creature comforts many of us settle on.
Finally, after years of womanizing, McConaughey settled into a successful monogamous relationship and fulfilled his life long ambition of being a father. Nearly simultaneously he chose to walk away from lucrative rom-coms to focus on something more artistic. Initially successful in winning an Oscar for the Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey admits that he hasn’t achieved the popular success he envisioned. But that is all grist for the mill, experiments in livin that are ongoing.
If this is the kind of man you would like to read about, Greenlights will be an enjoyable and inspirational read. It’s rare that a successful actor has such a distinctive off air personality. But if you’re turned off by physical conflict, wild adventures and a man who brags about rarely showering alone than Greenlights is not for you.
Personally, while not finding all parts of McConaughey’s biography admirable, I found enough of him to be so different than what Hollywood typically churns out that the book was worth reading. Recommended to all who feel they’re similarly traveling in unmapped regions and want to gather around the campfire to hear a fellow wanderer’s tales.
A refreshing read where it is so clear that he is a man to is true to himself and his loved ones - not willing to sell his soul.
If I have one critique it is that with its unusual presentation - there are pages that are barely readable. They do not detract from the storyline but because of the illegibility - they do not add to it.
I knew from previous interviews I had seen that he was one of those more down to Earth actors - not the usual bleeding heart Liberal do as I say not as I do type.
He is certainly a very deep thinking man, he questions everything about life, about people and about his choices in life that have sent him on his own path. A very religious and spiritual man he brings up interesting advice about self determination and how to slow down and take a look around every now and again.
After reading about his upbringing you can see why he’s like he is. A tough but fair childhood prepared him for the drive he would need to become an actor where it’s a dog eat dog world.
I laughed out loud numerous times as he shared his stories of growing up and highlighting the mistakes and decisions we have all made which increased my respect for the man.
Certainly someone id like to have a beer with and set the world straight.
A great read.