GreenlightsMatthew McConaughey


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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over one million copies sold! 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.

Greenlights (Matthew McConaughey) Book Reviews

GreenlightsI enjoyed everything about “Greenlights”. The unfiltered, brutal honesty of this book, is now after reading Greenlights is how I imagine Mr. McConaughey in true life....brutal honesty. I love it. Life lessons in all he’s done. Mr. McConaughey is a tough man, much kudos to him no doubt; but also to his parents! This world needs more Mr. McConaugheys! He walks the walk. Not afraid to throw a punch or take a punch..Score: 5/5

The most amazing book I’ve ever read, after the bible.A book we can all connect with for the same reasons, for different reasons, for any reason. It is funny, deep, surprising, emotional, captivating, and a little melancholic. It is a love letter to life and if it does one thing it is highlight it’s beauty (life’s). Please purchase it. It is better than all his rom coms combined (they’re good but this is better) and a smoother read than one of his Lincoln cars..Score: 5/5

Good read. Good insight. Relatively.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..Score: 4/5

Life is an individual’s adventureNot all of us will live like this man, nor should we want to. Mine is not nearly as deep and thoughtful as his, but his words show me that it’s ok to be me. We are all a series of imperfections that we can hopefully forgive ourselves for and improve on as we learn and grow. I’m happy to have read his book as it has shown me that even in irrelevance, I am still relevant..Score: 5/5

As if I needed another reason to love him more!Wonderfully written and so enjoyable to read..Score: 5/5

MathewI absolutely loved reading this book! It was very enlightening and made me feel good as I kept reading it! I recommend this book!.Score: 5/5

Genius and freeThis man is the perfect mix of manly man and hippie, if Joe Rogan and John Muir had a baby it would be Mathew. From his tales to his lessons I thing anyone could take from this book..Score: 5/5

On livin!Inspirational! What a life! A wise and talented soul indeed!.Score: 5/5

THIS. BOOK.An absolutely amazing read, Matthew speaks from such a humble and truthful place. 10/10 would recommend..Score: 5/5

Simple yet brilliant titleLove it! One of my favorite actors, I’m glad I read your book..Score: 5/5

InterestingAlright alright alright. Pretty good, pretty weird.. I wish he went into detail more about things he glazed over. Sometimes rambled on and on and found myself skimming his journal writings. It is MM though. Good read. Wild yet introspective dude..Score: 1/5

EnjoyA mentor of cool, unapologetic truth and genuine care for what ties us all together, love.Score: 5/5

Master StorytellerAmazing 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..Score: 5/5

Was Not ImpressedThought this would be a good read but just another way to pat himself on the back..Score: 1/5

Great Read! - Must Buy!Overall, happy I took the time to read it. Very personal, relatable, stoic. Would love to reread later in life and reflect once again on its meaning. I’ve already recommended to others. Must read!.Score: 5/5

Keep L I V I N!! Great book!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..Score: 5/5

EXCELLENTIt was a fun kept my interest from the start...quite a guy....not sure what I expected but it exceeded my expectations...would encourage him to “get into” politics...he’d help lots of people..Score: 5/5

Smooth ReadGreat book. Nice over view of Mathews life. I would say that he gives any really deep emotion but provides a since of security that life goes on. To make the best of it and to try and make the best of it. Thank you for the personal view point. Writing takes courage. Much respect..Score: 5/5

Great Book!!This book made me revere Matthew McConaughey as a free thinker with a refreshingly positive outlook on life. I think it is a must read for many young adults who look to have a more positive outlook and turning their metaphorical “red lights” into “greenlights”.Score: 5/5

Life-ChangingRead this book if you’re breathing. It’s life-changing and good for the soul. In the best way, it’s like you’re chatting with an old friend, over some drinks, long into the night, where things get deeper & make more sense. I couldn’t read the book fast enough, yet I was sad when it was over. I cannot recommend this book enough..Score: 5/5

Anything but a stoplightInspiring, relatable, nothing shy of pure honesty, vulnerability, and the beauty of living life..Score: 5/5

The Best Story by the Greatest Storyteller of Our TimeI have read a lot of books and listened to quite a few audiobooks; and, Greenlights is by far the best. The insight into Matthew McConaughey’s life was written (and read) so well it was as if you were standing by his side as these events were happening. This is a story, not of an actor trying to create a legacy, but of an actor recording a legacy he created on paper. His prescribes and poems are not just an enjoyable interlude from his story, but tidbits of wisdom that will stick with you forever. This is a book I will read a year from now for inspiration on whatever I am working on by then. “Keep on Living!”.Score: 5/5

AwesomeVery inspirational and funny. Must read. Just what I needed after a rough year,.Score: 5/5

This man has truly livedHis story came at a perfect time in my life. A lot of relevant life lessons even for an average joe like myself. Great read!.Score: 5/5

Green lightsAwesome read. Insightful. Funny. Honest. Deeply personal. I recommend it to everyone..Score: 5/5

PerspectiveA fantastic tell-all of McConaughey’s life story and all his redlights, yellowlights, greenlights, and how he reacted to each situation. Reading this book will help you turn the redlights and yellowlights from your past into greenlights, and you’ll gain new perspective on life..Score: 5/5

Well meaning memoirIf you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy the story of rags to riches. If you’re a fan an young you may find a mentor. As an older reader, I found it too preachy.although very well meaning..Score: 3/5

Great bookOne of my favorites.Score: 5/5

Great ReadHis 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..Score: 5/5

Green lights is a GO!One of the best books I’ve read in a long time!.Score: 5/5

GreenlightsIt kept me glued to the pages. An easy read, great stories..Score: 5/5

I wish it didn’t end!The besstttt.Score: 5/5

Food for the soulA wonderful memoir with honest, down to earth observations about life..Score: 5/5

A MUST READFrom the first page you can hear McConaughey’s voice.Score: 5/5

Very interestingVery interesting and captivating. Enjoyed the book!.Score: 5/5

WonderfulI absolutely loved this book!! I laughed I cried I feel inspired !!! Great read!!!.Score: 5/5

Thank YouLove it!!! Great read!.Score: 5/5

A different style…Getting to know someone, on a different level then watching their movies and scrolling on Instagram. Is different then hearing them talk about their family and their life style. I would totally recommend this book.Score: 5/5

Great Book Combined With The Audiobook An Exceptional BookI 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..Score: 5/5

Honest and CompellingIt was McConaughey’s open story ...... sharing all his glories and blemishes. We all experience the same in life, but don’t always admit to them and hence fail to learn from them. Very encouraging and interesting read..Score: 5/5

Familiar goodnessI laughed. I awed. I oh’d. I recommended this book over and over. It felt like an escape and like home..Score: 5/5

Moving at the Speed of GreenlightsThe book is about a real person who lived life honestly. His truth was in his imperfections. Moving forward in life requires to be moving at just the right speed to catch the Greenlights. And when the light is yellow or red know the difference. Wisdom comes from experience if you are aware..Score: 5/5

Great readMathew McConaughey is way cooler and deeper than I realized. Very introspective, and well thought out ideas. Peoples persona can justify assumptions than are very inaccurate and in this case I feel ignorant in thinking otherwise. Glad I read this book and will highly recommend it..Score: 4/5

Amazing!!!I am not a huge audio book fan as I usually have a clear “voice” in my head, but after hearing Mr. McConaughey interviewed I was happy to give it a try! It is such a raw, honest, funny and personal story, I actually can’t imagine having not hear him read it! Well done!.Score: 5/5

Sweet readAn experienced C “Unbelievable” 👍👍👍.Score: 5/5

GreenlightsJust plain fun to read. “Me too”, left me howling. A lot of wisdom hidden in his words. Worth reading!!!.Score: 5/5

Greenlights. Awesome!The best!.Score: 5/5

This book is amazing.One of the best books I have ever read that is based on a REAL PERSON’s life. Definitely passing this book around until I die. It’s a must read. Can’t believe not too many people read anymore! This book is a masterpiece!.Score: 5/5

BUY ITIf you want a good laugh and to feel inspired read this book you wont regret it!!!! I don’t see how anyone would have anything negative to say about this book. If you do... you missed the point and have no sense of humor..Score: 5/5

Awesome and inspiringTruly an inspiring story!.Score: 5/5

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Great read!Quite enjoyed this book, and it got me even more excited to fulfill my travelling dreams and to experience livin’ more!.Score: 5/5

Green lightsReally enjoyed this book and gained a whole new respect for Matthew! Always enjoyed him but he has taken my appreciation of him to level..Score: 5/5

Reflection of my lifeI could never finish a book. Always after I read few paragraphs I disengaged and got tired or lost an interest. Mr McConaughey has lived a quite a life which some parts I could relate to and that’s what made me stay focused and kept me entertained reading through his adventures. Of course there are few differences how I and Mathew live our lives. Mine was not caught on camera or written publicly to millions of people, yet! ;) With all due respect. We are all living in our own movie and have our own script to act. Some are caught through lenses and some aren’t. So whether we are here to tell our children only or the whole wide world. We all live it and no one will live our lives for us. Thank you Mathew McConaughey for the inspiration and turning some of my red lights to green. Wish I could meet you in person someday..Score: 5/5

I recommend this to any human still aliveSuch a good book! If you’re reading this, please read this book. It will change your life forever..Score: 5/5

Great read.Great read..Score: 5/5

Amazing !!!Powerful life story and messages throughout the book. Not only are they things we can easily relate to as human beings, but they are things we can apply on a daily to better ourselves and the things that surrounds us. I give it a 11/10 for its simple, straightforward and genuine perspective..Score: 5/5

Excellent from start to finish!Great book! Who knew that this man could write. I had his voice in my head as I was reading. This book teaches you to literally follow your dreams! He literally did with all the risks and look at him now at 50! Great authentic biography. #greenlights.Score: 5/5

Two thumbs up!Good read.Score: 5/5

Fun storiesGreat stories from his life, and written in a very way that makes you hear it in his voice. Often veers towards self-help territory, but otherwise delightful.Score: 4/5

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