Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey

Greenlights Summary

Written By Matthew McConaughey

Readers Score: 4.5/5
Rated by 1,783 Readers

Greenlights Book Summary


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.

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Greenlights is a Biographies & Memoirs book, written By Matthew McConaughey. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 1,783 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Perspective

    By Badfish79
    What an amazing story. I hope to lead as rich of a life with as much integrity as he does. Inspirational
  • Great Read

    By Bittersweetheart88
    His 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.
  • Awesome and inspiring

    By Big D in Big Texas
    Truly an inspiring story!


  • Awesome and inspiring

    By Big D in Big Texas
    Truly an inspiring story!
  • Awesome

    By Jodi L Och
    Very inspirational and funny. Must read. Just what I needed after a rough year,
  • Keep L I V I N!! Great book!

    By BaylieBarnes
    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.
  • Great Book Combined With The Audiobook An Exceptional Book

    By M. Reeves
    I 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.
  • This man has truly lived

    By Nmirk!
    His story came at a perfect time in my life. A lot of relevant life lessons even for an average joe like myself. Great read!
  • Greenlights

    By wvpatriot
    I 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.
  • Smooth Read

    By 101 what you make
    Great 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.
  • The most amazing book I’ve ever read, after the bible.

    By EatMyCookies27
    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.
  • Life changing

    By A Triester
    As a woman quickly approaching my 40’s and stuck between what life expects of me and what I truly desire... it’s time to re-brand myself. Truly what I needed. God bless and thank you.