Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey

Greenlights

By Matthew McConaughey

  • Release Date: 2020-10-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Size: 117.3 MB
Score: 4.5
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Description

From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction
 
“Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew 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 fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. 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.
 
Good luck.

Reviews

  • Good read. Good insight. Relatively.

    4
    By tbrunt4
    Fun read that added depth to my two dimensional understanding of who Matthew is. As a 50 year old father of four I appreciate the urge to be reflective at this stage of life. To check my path. To adjust if need be. To move forward.
  • Food for the soul

    5
    By jenny 1222
    A wonderful memoir with honest, down to earth observations about life.
  • Sweet read

    5
    By Laura LCS
    An experienced C “Unbelievable” 👍👍👍
  • Master Storyteller

    5
    By Rickruben
    Amazing storyteller! Provides a different point of view to life and gives the reader insight into the life of this man. Think so much more of Mathew after this read. Best of luck to him and his family.
  • Great Read

    5
    By Bittersweetheart88
    His story is amazing, he bears his soul. It’s just a very honest inside look into who MM really is! And he’s beautiful. Great read! Highly recommend.
  • Awesome and inspiring

    5
    By Big D in Big Texas
    Truly an inspiring story!
  • Awesome

    5
    By Jodi L Och
    Very inspirational and funny. Must read. Just what I needed after a rough year,
  • Keep L I V I N!! Great book!

    5
    By BaylieBarnes
    I’m not a reader. I’ve been working from home for almost a year now and decided that my average 8 hour a day screen time on my iPhone was becoming a bit ridiculous. I read the front matter and finished this book in a day and half. I feel inspired and rejuvenated after reading this. Thank you, Matthew, for sharing your life with me and reminding me to just keep L I V I N.
  • Great Book Combined With The Audiobook An Exceptional Book

    5
    By M. Reeves
    I find myself as a casual reader, sometimes finding it difficult to be captivated by a story but between the stories and Mathew’s incredible commentary I couldn’t put this book down! I recommend this book to anyone but strongly suggest the audiobook at the same time.
  • This man has truly lived

    5
    By Nmirk!
    His story came at a perfect time in my life. A lot of relevant life lessons even for an average joe like myself. Great read!

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