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“We all have scars; we’ll get more. Rather than struggle against time and waste it worrying about getting older, I’m choosing to appreciate growing older.”



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Create your own greenlights

Create your own greenlights

McConaughey says that we should not wait for external factors to give us permission or approval to do what we want. We should take action and create our own opportunities by being proactive, prepared, and persistent. He gives examples of how he created his own greenlight in his career, such as auditioning for roles he wanted, writing his own scripts, and producing his own movies.


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Find your frequency

Find your frequency

McConaughey believes that we all have a feeling when we are on frequency when our thoughts and actions are in harmony with our true selves. He says we should tune into this frequency and follow it. He says that this frequency is different for everyone, but it can be found by listening to our intuition, following our passions, and being honest with ourselves.


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Take responsibility for your life

Take responsibility for your life

McConaughey says we should not blame others or circumstances for our problems. We should own our choices and outcomes, and learn from them. He says that this way, we can take control of our lives and make changes when needed. He shares how he took responsibility for his life by quitting smoking, getting sober, losing weight, and changing his image.


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“Life’s a verb.”



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Embrace failure and forgive yourself

McConaughey writes that failure is inevitable and necessary for growth. He says we should not be afraid to fail, but rather use it as a learning opportunity. He also says we should forgive ourselves for our mistakes and move on. He tells stories of how he failed at some things in his life, such as sports, relationships, auditions, etc., but how he learned from them and improved himself.


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Be authentic

Be authentic

McConaughey stresses the importance of being true to yourself and not letting others define you. He says we should not compromise our integrity or identity for fame, money, or approval. He says that this way, we can be more confident, happy, and fulfilled. He shares how he stayed authentic to himself by turning down lucrative offers for romantic comedies, pursuing more serious roles, and writing his own memoir


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“The problems we face today eventually turn into blessings in the rearview mirror of life.”



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Be grateful

Be grateful

McConaughey says we should appreciate what we have and not take anything for granted. He says we should express gratitude to ourselves, others, and life itself. He says that this way, we can be more positive, humble, and generous. He shares how he practices gratitude by writing thank-you notes to people who helped him along his journey, praying every morning and night, etc.


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Be adventurous

McConaughey shares his stories of traveling around the world and meeting different people, cultures, and experiences. He says we should be curious and open-minded about life, and seek new challenges and opportunities. He says that this way, we can expand our horizons, learn new things, and have more fun. He tells how he traveled to places like Australia, Mali, Peru, Brazil, etc., where he had various adventures such as living with a host family, wrestling a crocodile, playing bongos with locals, etc.


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Be optimistic

Be optimistic

McConaughey says we should look for the positive aspects of every situation and not dwell on the negative ones. He says we should see challenges as opportunities to grow and learn, not as obstacles to avoid. He says we should believe that things will work out for the best, even if they don’t seem like it at first. He shares how he overcame his fears, doubts, and insecurities by adopting an optimistic mindset


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Be respectful

McConaughey says we should treat others with kindness, dignity, and respect, regardless of their background, beliefs, or status. He says we should listen to other’s perspectives and opinions, even if we disagree with them. He says we should also respect ourselves by setting healthy boundaries, saying no when necessary, and taking care of our physical and mental well-being. He shares how he learned to respect different cultures, religions, and lifestyles by traveling around the world


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“Don’t ‘act’ confident—be confident.”



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Be resilient

Be resilient

McConaughey says we should not give up easily when faced with difficulties or failures. He says we should bounce back from setbacks and keep moving forward with courage and determination. He says we should also learn from our mistakes and use them as feedback to improve ourselves. He shares how he dealt with rejection, criticism, and loss by being resilient.


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Take-home message

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey is a book that teaches us how to live with more joy, meaning, and purpose. It shows us how to create our own greenlights by taking responsibility, making decisions, and sometimes sacrifices that will benefit us in the future. It also shows us how to embrace the red and yellow lights in our life as opportunities for learning, growth, and resilience. It reminds us to be authentic, brave, and curious in our pursuit of happiness34. It is a book that celebrates life in all its beauty and complexity.


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Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey is a book that invites you to join him on a journey of discovery, adventure, and wisdom. It is based on his personal journals, which he started writing when he was fourteen years old. He shares his stories, prayers, poems, people, and places that shaped his life and inspired him to find his own green lights. He calls it an “approach book”, not a memoir or an advice book12. It is a book that will make you laugh, cry, think, and act. It is a book that will help you catch more green lights in your own life.

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