“A green light is an affirmation, setting yourself up for success,” McConaughey says. “A green light can be as simple as putting your coffee in the coffee filter before you go to bed so tomorrow morning all you’ve got to do is push the button.”

Green Lights by Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey is an Academy Award-winning actor known for such films as Dazed and Confused, The Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Free State of Jones, and the HBO television series True Detective. His new memoir Greenlights is now available everywhere and at https://greenlights.com

He’s kept a diary for 35+ years.

It’s more about him sharing his life/stories so that you can or don’t have to learn from him.

Looking for “green lights” or those very quiet or even sometimes LOUD messages to us to enjoy the experience or to make the move to something bigger/better. “A green light is an affirmation, setting yourself up for success,” he says. “A green light can be as simple as putting your coffee in the coffee filter before you go to bed so tomorrow morning all you’ve got to do is push the button.”

His outlook on life; he’s a warrior monk.

Outlaw-Logic – like being a skateboarder, or his stories about his dad’s logic.

His mom instilling in him the “No thanks, this ain’t me” sense. The ability to walk away.

“All Right, All Right, All Right” was the first line, in his first movie – “Dazed and Confused”.

He took a break from being “ROMCOM leading man” it cost him 20 months of work and millions of dollars – he wanted meaningful work over money making work. Hollywood Reporter Story on this.

His “fights” in Africa and how warriors respect each other.

His role in “Reign of Fire” he got super pumped and metally into the character. The workout regime he created: Run 5-6 miles a day barefoot, stand on the edge of his barn 40’ up in the air, shaved his head, wreslted/tackled cows… he could’t keep it up, but it tought him about failure and what it would mean to live in a world where you fail all the time.

Physical punishment as a kid – I did too – don’t 100% agree for my own kids but I wouldn’t trade in what I experienced for the world.

He went to law school, but then changed to film school. He called his dad and wearily told him expecting him to be judged and scolded for this… His dad said; “Don’t half ass it.” 

In the NY times article:

He recounts how he landed his breakthrough role as the likable sleaze Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused” by tracking down the film’s casting director, Don Phillips, in an Austin bar and charming his way into an audition. A few years later, the not-yet-bankable actor mounted a successful campaign to persuade the director Joel Schumacher to cast him in a leading role in his adaptation of “A Time to Kill.”, stories like these illustrate how he is not content to merely let life happen to him. “It’s always been obvious to me that I do not have a laissez-faire attitude,” he said. “It’s a state of being that I work at, continuously, daily, and I break a sweat to get it.”

“perpetually preparing himself for opportunities and actively steering himself toward them.”

The point of the “Dazed and Confused” audition story isn’t that McConaughey simply happened to be in the right place at the right time, Linklater said: “He wasn’t discovered in a bar — he went over to the guy who he heard was casting it. Matthew’s always playing the long game.”

“floating downstream on my back in the Amazon River” while surrounded by jungle life and “African tribesmen lined up shoulder to shoulder on the ridge to the left of me.”

He interpreted his dreams and traveled to South America and later to Africa.

There’s dichotomy here; he’s a practicing Methodist but also a Mystic in actions…

To conclude that life is all about luck, he said, is to surrender to fatalism: 
“Quit letting yourself off the hook, McConaughey. If that’s true, then run every red light. You’ve got your hands on the wheel. You’re making choices. They matter.”

Matthew McConaughey University of Houston Speech

Joe Rogan Experience #1552 – Matthew McConaughey

“Check in with yourself before you check in with the world.”

“Stress is a part of life…it means you give a damn.”

“Equality of outcome is not equality of effort.” – “Equality of outcome is a terrible idea, equality of opportunity is an amazing idea.”

95 percent of people don’t finish what they started.
However small the task, only when you finish can you be proud.
No matter what the outcome.

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