Greenlights – Bookcast #22

Greenlights (2020) by Matthew McConaughey

The academy-award winning actor takes 35 years worth of journals and condenses them all down into his life story and his philosophy of success. In his own words: “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.’”

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“Greenlights” Show Notes

  • What this book is about
    • This is McConaughey’s unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction
  • What McConaughey sets out to do / Purpose of the book
    • To teach people how to be more courageous and overcome fear, demonstrate what love looks like, and offer some great tips on how to get more out of life
  • The intended audience of the book
    • Who will benefit most
      • Anyone who loves a good story and good writing
      • Anyone who wants to know more about the famous actor
      • Anyone who loves cool, weird and unpredictable adventure stories
      • (Audio version) Anyone who enjoys listening to McConaughey talk
    • Who probably WON’T like “Greenlights”
      • People who don’t like Hollywood
      • People who don’t like alcohol, drugs or sex
      • People who get weirded out when guys talk explicitly about their wet dreams
      • People who have never seen a Matthew McConaughey movie (is there anyone?)
  • How does this book specifically benefit Men? Do Men need to read this book? Why?
    • Absolutely a book written by a man. No bullshit. Plenty of ass-kicking. Good coming-of-age stories. Great examples of fierce – but loving – fatherhood and brotherhood. Great adventures, fights, sex, spiritual enlightenment, love….this book has it all.
  • How easy is the book to read?
    • Easy to read…unless you are highly conservative. Plenty of F-bombs, drunken adventures and  naked bongo playing.
    • Print: 288 pages (5-6 hours to read)
    • Audio: 6 hours 47 minutes – Read by Matthew McConaughey
  • Reviews and significance of “Greenlights”
    • 30,031 reviews — 4.7 Stars… This book is HUGE right now.
    • Hardback:
      • #1 in Actor & Entertainer Biographies
      • #6 in Personal Transformation Self-Help
    • Kindle:
      • #2 in Philosophy & Spiritual Growth
      • #3 in Spiritual Growth Self-Help
    • Audible:
      • #1 in ALL Audible Books
      • #1 in Personal Development
      • #1 in Self-Help
      • #1 in Biographies of Celebrities
  • Book-to-Movie / Book-to-Play Translation
    • N/A
  • Bio of Matthew McConaughey
    • Matthew David McConaughey (born Nov 4, 1969 – Age 51) 
    • Mother was a kindergarten teacher, father ran a pipe-drilling supply business. Parents were divorced twice and remarried three times…to each other.
    • Went to University of Texas, originally planned to be a lawyer but changed to film.
    • Breakout role was the character Wooderson in the classic 70s movie “Dazed and Confused”…McConaughey improvised almost all his lines
    • He finagled his way into the male lead in the movie “A Time to Kill” based on the John Grisham legal thriller. “A Time to Kill” was his first hit movie.
    • Over the next several decades McConaughey became increasingly famous and starred in many hit movies including “Contact” with Jodie Foster, “Amistad” with Anthony Hopkins, “The Wedding Planner” with Jennifer Lopez, “Wolf of Wall Street” with DiCaprio and many others. 
    • In 2013 he played the HIV-positive character Ron Woodruff in the movie “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” winning the Academy Award for best actor. McConaughey lost 50lbs for the role. 
    • In 2014 Time magazine added McConaughey to their “100 Most Influential People In the World” list
    • Published “Greenlights” in October of 2020 – already sold over a million copies
    • As of March 2021 he officially confirmed he is “considering running for governor of Texas in 2022”
  • Major Themes of the Book
    • Journaling is an Investment in Yourself
    • Your Parents Did the Best They Could
    • Challenge Yourself to Take Calculated Risks
    • You Can Live a Big Life Without a Big House Full of Stuff
    • Don’t Half-Ass It
    • Everything Is Relative
    • Stop thinking things are UNBELIEVABLE
  • Jay and Matt’s Opinions


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