In Greenlights actor Matthew McConaughey have concocted a hot pot of stories, memories, and lessons learned from his life. Both successes and failures bring flavor to the mix and the book is presented as a love letter to life.
It’s surprisingly well-written. And for the audiobook lovers out there: it’s read by the author which gives it a more intimate and personal touch.
Notes and highlight
📝 A family of hustlers: In his teens, Matthew and his dad sued a face cream company for causing him severe acne. Unfortunately Matthew won the title ‘Most Handsome’ in the school that year. This was used as evidence in court—they lost the case.
📝 He got into films by serendipity, outside the box thinking, and audacity.
“Conservative early, liberal late.”
Create structure so you can have freedom.
“Choreograph, then dance.”
Being alone in solitude is important for finding yourself. “As the noise decreases the signal becomes clearer.”
He had five things on his plate: family, a foundation, acting, a production company, and a music label. Spreading himself thin lead to mediocrity in each endeavor . By eliminating the production company and music label allowed him to take his acting career to a whole new level.
“Be less impressed and more involved.”
In the end it’s not a book that progress any of my reading aims — which is to study human nature and the human predicament—BUT it was a well-needed palate cleanser book and I enjoyed the honest, hopeful, and non judgemental style. But that’s about it.