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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.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 realising that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too. Good luck.
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"The memoir of Matthew McConaughey. This is a very interesting book both in the content and the way it’s written. It’s filled with little notes or “bumper stickers” as he refers to them. He has certainly lived an interesting life. He is definitely more of a free spirit and world traveler than I am and credits a lot of his life’s success to that. At the end of the day, it’s very cool to see a famous “celebrity” who has discovered that the journey of life for everyone is about finding and being who you are or as he says, figure out who you aren’t first, then go to who you are. "
"Just finished reading this. Loved it! His perspective on life is really inspiring. I’ve always loved him as an actor, but he is really much more than that. I really enjoyed how this wasn’t really just a timeline of his life but more a reflection of his more important experiences, life lessons and the knowledge he gained a long the way. His ability to stay grounded and humble in a world such as Hollywood, where its easy to be self-indulgent and arrogant, is very applaudable."
"I listened to Matthew read this book! A great read. Definitely recommend."