Greenlights

Greenlights

eBook - 2020
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780593139141
0593139143
Characteristics: 1 online resource (289 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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AnneCarolineDrake
Feb 20, 2021

Narcissistic. Self-absorbed. Shallow. Boring.

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Sparky99
Feb 17, 2021

On my list of 'people I'd most like to have a beer with.' It's easy to dismiss this guy as Hollywood fluff but that is a disservice to an original thinking, guy who is purposeful in his actions (well except maybe the bongo drum thing), and long-time reflective of his time and purpose in life.

I enjoyed this book more than I had expected to. Format is a bit chaotic with scrawled personal notes but worth the read for a talented person who set his life's course and doesn't hold back in pursuing all that our short time offers us.

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Mehling1
Feb 17, 2021

Excellent book - I imagine the audio book would be even better. Highly recommended.

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Olivebranch1264
Jan 06, 2021

Amazing, insightful, a work of art, and a new way of thinking written in an easy to digest, funny, and humanizing way. McConaughey is a wizard with his words and the internal insights that I gathered from his book sprung me on a path of self-discovery. This book is a memoir but also a journey for my own self-discovery. I'm now on a path of establishing my own values, erasing what I *think* I should be doing, and livin this thing called life.

Highly recommend this book and I thank God that this book came across my path. Dance the music of life.

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iloveseaotters
Dec 12, 2020

Before I started reading this, Ididn't know a lot about Matthew McConaughey except that he is from Texas and went to the University of Texas. But he is so much more. I love that this was unlike any other autobiography I've ever read. It's absolutely hilarious, sensitive and extremely personal. I loved it so much that I really want to listen to the audio book, which he narrates. My only "complaint "is that the pictures are really small. But they tell a very big story.

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22950006357453
Dec 02, 2020

step 1 ; be incredibly lucky

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