Greenlights - 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.
I’ve always respected him as an actor, but wow, after reading this book I’ll never see him the same again. Such a beautiful life he’s lived and continues to live, such an incredible writer with amazing perspectives. Highly recommend this week. Definitely a great read to start off 2021.
This book was amazing! So many great insights. Very captivating. Made me cry. Lol went to the post office as soon as I was finished to mail to my sister ! It couldn’t wait ! This is a must read. Love his philosophy on this life.
This memoir/autobiography can also be classified as a self-care book. I never thought that I would strive to follow the ways of Matthew McConaughey. The optimism and an absolutely genuine personality written out right in front of me was too good to look away from. Matthew shows his goals and successes while also showing the flaws and failures. Keeping it honest and simple. Amazing!
Matthew is like an onion, so many layers, what a exciting life. Great read. Think I will get it in audio as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and life with us
This book was amazing, having him read it himself was the cherry on top. It was so natural and graceful. A lot can be learned from this man, his moral compass is extraordinary.
This was super easy to read and I really enjoyed the philosophical points that came across . A great story teller and I’m sure audio would be even better , but I did feel like I could hear his voice in my head 😀
Didn’t know much about the author other than his work and quirky personality. Was surprised by the depth of his intellect and spirituality. Lots of entertaining stories That are also instructive.
This book is so easy to delve into, he’s a great storyteller. I loved it!
This book is amazing for many different reasons, I’ll give you one since I’d prefer not to spoil the joyous adventure you’re in for. This book speaks energy, life, perspective and understanding not just agreeing with ones personal views of life. This book will speak to you in a way, that life should speak to you. Enjoy
His reality is inspiring. Amazing tale of his life, history, struggles and triumphs!
Greenlight, is a great book from beginning to end. So many gems Matthew shared through the book. It’s definitely a book that highlights the secret to life. Be patient with yourself, keep moving when times get hard and when you want to bet on something bet on yourself because at that moment you determine who wins. Greenlight is one of my favorite reads for 2020. Thanks for sharing your journey!
Matthew has had an intriguing life journey, beginning with loving but volatile parents. Instead of being corrupted by negative influences, he continued to follow his heart, his inner core values, his innate spirituality and deep devotion to family. His artistic passion for life and soul-searching made for a very unique and fascinating read.
Excellent read, with so much perspective. It was interesting and inspiring all in one.
Excellent Read! I could barely put it down! I don’t usually tell others about what I am reading, but this book? Not only did I tell others, I read it out loud to them at times. It made me feel all the feels. Oh and I never write reviews, either because what I like is not necessarily what you will like. This book deserves a rave! Great story! GREENLIGHT!
I laughed and cried through this book. I found inspiration and a revived sense of what it means to be ones true self. Beautifully written.
A truly exceptional person shares his journey with us, and we are all better for it. I can truly say, this book consumed me from start to finish.
Incredible book. Incredible story. Incredible guy!
Good read. Makes me love Matthew Mccoughy even more
Outstanding stories along with quotes, poetry, life advice and bumper stickers. You have to buy the audio version! It makes the stories even better. This book helps you slow down and realize what you have.
Loved the humor and the pure honesty. Thank you Mr. McConaughey.
A book with insights and thoughts you will either relate to or will open your mind to perceptions you never realized. Appreciate the green lights and respect the red lights; most of all ~ j.k. Living
He needs to stop believing his own press.
Great read...could use a little editing
I don’t remember the last time I read a book in 1 weekend. The stories are fascinating, the lessons important and his passion for livin just jumps off the page. Great read!
Absolutely inspiring and can’t get over how movie this book is. just keep livin is my favorite quote ever
Thank you. I am taking Camp Justice into the Deep South where God is not bothered by their prayers. I liked that poem. Some more life risks and adventure for me and my crew at about 50 as well. Going to pursue some creative parenting for some long term returns. I am bullish on that now. Not because it’s easy, but because it is hard. I spend some summers with inter tubes living on clear creek in Golden. All commas, no periods, all stops and no stays .. I thank you again, I am changing some ways.
Enjoyed the read- read every night till I fell asleep and couldn’t wait to get back to it the next night -
As I read this, I would find myself reading parts again. He showed he is a person who enjoys life and understands who he is. We can all learn from this lesson.
Huge fan. Very well written and articulate as you would expect.
What a fun biography to read. Face paced and to the point. Reminded me of his character in Lincoln lawyer. Buy the book. You will enjoy
Other than this being a very interesting (dare I a say) autobiography, it is just as much a self-help book. Loved it and highly recommend it. Thanks for the guidance brother DTD.
It was true to life for everyone
This book sheds light on the character traits of an uncommon man in Hollywood. Matthew McConaughey is deeply intellectual man who is driven by principle. I can’t recommend this book enough.
Amazing stories and great inspirations.
This book was fun and engaging. I really enjoyed learning more about how a well-known actor approaches life experiences —all good and also bad—with positivity. It is not often a writer selflessly also engages a reader to change perspective and open the road to life. Thanks for sharing the Green light journey.
Mathew has written from His heart and shown realities of his life, his challenges and successes. I hope that teens will take the time to read his story and understand their own realities
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Personal memoirs are always interesting reads due to finding internal peace/balance in life, especially through trauma and/or tough times. I particularly enjoyed Matthew’s ability to read the situations he was in and then respond accordingly. Would highly recommend.
Matthew is Everyman, only more aware. Thank you for inspiration. Alice
Just started getting back into reading again, and this had me hooked from the moment I started. Such a great read.
INSPIRING, INTROSPECTIVE AND REAL FROM AN AMAZING ACTOR. A BOOK EVERYONE SHOULD READ.
I didn't know what to expect when i began reading this book but by the time i finished it, i felt like a better man. One that can continue livin' and improve himself every day to achieve his dreams. Mr. McConaughey did a great job writing a book with great stories and better lessons. The poems, pictures, and personal notes made it even better. It was a heartfelt read that i spent hours at a time in my room, taking it all in for what i believe it was meant to be; a wake up call to live a better life. To achieve the ultimate goal of livin'. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to be more introspective and honest with themselves and the world around them. - Devon Hunter
I’m not sure a review from the likes of someone like me would mean anything. At a time when I was quieted by the louder voices in life, trying to find myself, this book found me. A snippet. A sample that hooked me. I bought the book and couldn’t put it down. It was as if every thought I ever had was eloquently put into words and sentences better than I could ever assemble. Matthew’s experiences and drive spoke to me. I felt like I was right next to him throughout each part. This book, this biography is a glimpse into the life of an honest, hardworking, moral driven man/father/husband. A good measure to anyone’s character and substance. I truly hope that in another 20-30 years there is a second book. I’d like to see how everything turns out.
I truly loved this book. MM’s passion. His many accomplishments, his lessons learned, shared, his stories, his un Hollywood like ways. His passion for family for fun work for focusing on what made him happy and relevant to him were very inspiring entertaining and enlightening. He is quite a guy..... Greenlights is quite a book... I highly recommend it...
I loved reading and listening to this book (in his voice)
A in-depth view of this awesome actor. Very inspiring.
Another so so actor thinks he is so wonderful he has to write a bio.
I have loved everything about McConaughey since Dazed and Confused came out my Junior year of high school. A Texas man myself, it’s just awesome to read and envision his life in places I know so well! You can’t help but feel proud of him. It’s hard to put the book down once you start reading. You’ll wanna see what comes next. Some things just seem unreal but hey, everything is bigger in Texas! Oh and good luck not imagining his distinctive Texas accent while reading! I might purchase the audio book just to get the whole experience.