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Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is an interview with Matthew McConaughey about his book "Greenlights" and the concept of recognizing and creating green lights in life.

The video is an interview between Jay Shetty and Matthew McConaughey about his new book, "Greenlights." They discuss the concept of green lights, which are moments in life where everything seems to be going right, and how to recognize and create them. McConaughey shares his personal experiences and insights on how to live a fulfilling life by taking responsibility for one's choices and creating daily disciplines. They also touch on McConaughey's past desire to become a monk and how he still considers it as a future possibility.

  • Matthew McConaughey felt his life's calling was to become a monk during a year of introspection in Australia.
  • Green lights are moments in life when things are going well and we feel a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.
  • We need to take the time to write things down when things are going well so we can dissect our successes.
  • "Greenlights" is a never-ending version of Matthew McConaughey's Oscar speech.
  • Matthew McConaughey's book "Greenlights" is a collection of stories, insights, and lessons from his life.
  • Green lights are moments of success and ease in life.
  • Recognizing a green light in a red light situation sets you up for more success in the future.
  • Matthew's father passed away in 1992, which was a major red light in his life.
  • Greenlights are moments in life when things are going your way.

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Matthew McConaughey's Life Calling

  • Matthew McConaughey felt his life's calling was to become a monk during a year of introspection in Australia.
  • He was alone in a foreign place and struggling with his identity.
  • He created daily disciplines for himself, such as running six miles a day and becoming a vegetarian.
  • He considered going to South Africa to help free Nelson Mandela or becoming a monk.
  • A friend advised him to use his communication skills and not become a hermit.
  • He still considers becoming a monk and reminds himself that he still has time to try it.
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The Concept of Green Lights

  • Green lights are moments in life when things are going well and we feel a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.
  • We can engineer green lights for our future by making responsible choices and teeing up more green lights.
  • Green lights are a version of delayed gratification and a return on our investments.
  • They are based on a mix of responsibility and freedom.
  • Simple things like putting your coffee in the coffee filter the night before can be a green light.
  • We often miss green lights because we're not in a place to receive them or we mistake them for red or yellow lights.
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Recognizing and Creating Green Lights

  • We need to take the time to write things down when things are going well so we can dissect our successes.
  • Creating daily disciplines can help us recognize and create green lights.
  • Green lights can come from unexpected places, like a rejection that leads to a better opportunity.
  • We need to be open to receiving green lights and not let fear or doubt hold us back.
  • Green lights can be a sign that we're on the right path and should keep going.
  • Recognizing and creating green lights can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
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Lessons from "Greenlights"

  • "Greenlights" is a never-ending version of Matthew McConaughey's Oscar speech.
  • It's a collection of stories, insights, and lessons from his life.
  • The book is organized into three sections: "Things I Learned," "Things I Experienced," and "Poems, Scribblings, and Blues."
  • The book encourages readers to embrace the challenges and setbacks in life and turn them into green lights.
  • It's a reminder that life is a journey, not a destination, and we should enjoy the ride.
  • The book is a call to action to recognize and create green lights in our own lives.
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Conclusion

  • Matthew McConaughey's book "Greenlights" is a collection of stories, insights, and lessons from his life.
  • The book encourages readers to recognize and create green lights in their own lives.
  • Green lights are moments of satisfaction and fulfillment that we can engineer for our future by making responsible choices.
  • We often miss green lights because we're not in a place to receive them or we mistake them for red or yellow lights.
  • Recognizing and creating green lights can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
  • "Greenlights" is a reminder to enjoy the journey of life and turn challenges and setbacks into opportunities for growth.
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Finding Green Lights

  • Green lights are moments of success and ease in life.
  • They can be engineered or fall into our lap.
  • Green lights can be found by enduring through something, pivoting, or raising the white flag.
  • When faced with the inevitable, get relative.
  • Every red neon light reveals itself to be green somewhere in the rearview mirror of life.
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Recognizing Green Lights in Red Lights

  • Recognizing a green light in a red light situation sets you up for more success in the future.
  • Every red neon light reveals itself to be green somewhere in the rearview mirror of life.
  • Planting a seed for a green light now may mean someone in your lineage experiences it in the future.
  • Red light situations can reveal early green lights.
  • 2020 has the opportunity to be a banner year of rebirth and change.
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The Power of Red Lights

  • Red lights can reveal early green lights.
  • Red light situations bring Mortal things in life down to eye level.
  • Red lights can give us courage, confidence, and kindness.
  • Red lights are not about denying or covering up, but about recognizing and learning from them.
  • 2020 has the opportunity to be a year of rebirth and change.
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Matthew McConaughey's Relationship with His Father

  • Matthew's father passed away in 1992, which was a major red light in his life.
  • Matthew realized that he had been relying on his father as a safety net and not committing to things.
  • His father's passing revealed early green lights for Matthew.
  • Matthew believes he wouldn't be who he is today if his father had not passed away.
  • Red lights are not about denying or covering up, but about recognizing and learning from them.
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Matthew McConaughey's Relationship with His Father

  • McConaughey's father was a tough man who challenged his sons to have the courage to accept challenges.
  • McConaughey's older brother took up his father's challenge and became best friends with him.
  • McConaughey failed to accept the challenge a couple of times and regrets it.
  • McConaughey was raised more by his mother as his father became more successful at work and had to be on the road more.
  • McConaughey got to know his father better when they lived in a trailer park together during his parents' second divorce.
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McConaughey's Rite of Passage with His Father

  • McConaughey and his father became more like buddies after he physically defended his father from a bouncer.
  • McConaughey's father moved on soon after he went to college.
  • McConaughey's father gave him some real privilege, freedom, and approval of what he was trying to be in life.
  • McConaughey's act of taking that chance and that risk physically was a rite of passage for him.
  • McConaughey's father gave him a great hug after he accepted his challenge.
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McConaughey's Perspective on Being a Victim

  • McConaughey went through challenging situations early on in his life, such as being blackmailed for sex and being molested.
  • McConaughey never felt like a victim in his life.
  • McConaughey never chose to say that he had been victimized.
  • McConaughey understood that what happened to him was a bad thing, but he was old enough to not be super confused about it.
  • McConaughey was old enough to know that's not how most of the world works.
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McConaughey's Definition of Greenlights

  • Greenlights are moments in life when things are going your way.
  • Greenlights are moments when you're in the flow of life.
  • Greenlights are moments when you're getting what you want.
  • Greenlights are moments when you're getting what you need.
  • Greenlights are moments when you're getting what you didn't even know you wanted or needed.
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Matthew's Experience with Sexual Intercourse

  • Matthew lost his virginity before he got married.
  • He felt guilt and shame about it.
  • He chose not to feel victimized and turned the page.
  • He found healthy relationships and healthy sexual relationships.
  • Humor is a revealer of truth.
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Laughter and Tears

  • Laughter and tears are two things we try to hold back.
  • They are actually the two best things to do about most scenarios in life.
  • Matthew started keeping a diary to write down how he felt about particular situations.
  • He found confidence to talk to his parents and friends about his unique sides.
  • It's okay to laugh and cry whenever you want.
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Talk to Yourself

  • It's okay to talk to yourself.
  • Just remember to answer.
  • Writing things down helps in constructing who you are and deconstructing who you're not.
  • Matthew's early diaries helped him in constructing who he is.
  • Knowing who you are is hard, but eliminating who you're not is the first step.
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Matthew's Book

  • The book has moments of humor that reveal the truth in situations.
  • It reflects on a lot of themes that are there in the book.
  • Matthew wrote the book to share his experiences and lessons learned.
  • The book is a collection of his journals and annotations.
  • It's about recognizing and creating green lights in life.
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Importance of Writing Things Down

  • When things are going well, it's important to write them down to dissect your successes.
  • Writing things down can help you get back into a groove when you're in a rut.
  • There is a science to satisfaction, including who you're hanging out with, where you're going, how late you're staying up, and what you're eating.
  • Writing things down can help you remember what you did when things were good.
  • We remember bad times more than good times, but it's important to have a memory for movement, joy, growth, pleasure, and success.
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Eliminating Negative Influences

  • It's easier to answer who you're not than who you are.
  • Eliminating people, places, and things that are not feeding you back or bringing out your truest self can help you find your identity.
  • By process of elimination, you can end up with more things that will feed you and feed your good wolf.
  • It's important to have a little map of where you were when you felt like life was one big green light.
  • You can engineer green lights by your habits.
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Persist, Pivot, or Concede

  • When faced with a situation, you have three choices: persist, pivot, or concede.
  • Matthew McConaughey's example is wanting to become a lawyer but realizing it wasn't for him after two years of college.
  • It's important to know where you want to go and fulfill the credits that will get you there.
  • It's okay to pivot and change direction if something isn't working out.
  • Conceding is not giving up, but rather accepting that something isn't for you and moving on.
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Conclusion

  • Writing things down can help you dissect your successes and get back into a groove when you're in a rut.
  • Eliminating negative influences can help you find your identity and engineer green lights.
  • When faced with a situation, you have three choices: persist, pivot, or concede.
  • It's important to know where you want to go and fulfill the credits that will get you there.
  • It's okay to pivot and change direction if something isn't working out, and conceding is not giving up but accepting that something isn't for you and moving on.
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Matthew McConaughey's Pivot to Film School

  • Matthew McConaughey initially planned to become a lawyer.
  • He realized that he didn't want to spend his 30s getting educated in a classroom before he could practically experience anything.
  • He started sharing his writings with a friend who was at NYU Film School.
  • His friend encouraged him to think about being in front of the camera too.
  • Matthew McConaughey decided to pivot to film school instead of law school.
  • He had to get the approval of his parents, especially his dad, who was paying for his schooling.
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Measuring Choices in Life

  • Matthew McConaughey suggests sleeping with the fact that you are going to do something for two weeks and seeing what wakes you up at night.
  • If you wake up because you're not sure if you trust the director or the script, then it's not the right choice.
  • If you wake up because you can't go without doing the project, then it's the right choice.
  • It's a good measuring stick for making choices in life.
  • If you're uncomfortable and your soul is itching, it's time to make a pivot.
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Write Down Your Wins

  • Matthew McConaughey advises writing down your wins and green lights.
  • Write down when things are going in the right direction and how you're doing it.
  • Write down who you're around and what's happening.
  • It helps you recognize and create green lights in life.
  • It's a practical thing that you can do.
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Sleep with It

  • Matthew McConaughey suggests sleeping with the fact that you're going to do something or not going to do something.
  • It's a cool decision-making paradigm.
  • It helps you commit your mind to a decision and think about what it means for the next six months or year of your life.
  • It helps you distinguish between good scared and bad scared.
  • It's a practical way to test which decision wakes you up feeling more excited, nervous, or anxious.
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The Importance of Asking Yourself If You Want To

  • There are two types of fear: the fear of diving in and the fear of not being excellent enough.
  • It's important to listen to your fears and determine if they are a reason not to pursue something.
  • Asking yourself if you want to do something before you do it is a crucial step in moving towards your purpose.
  • Many people struggle with the abundance of options and opportunities available to them.
  • Matthew McConaughey suggests getting away from the noise and listening to yourself to determine what you truly want.
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The Danger of Too Many Options

  • Having too many options can make tyrants of all of us.
  • The devil is in the yeses more than the nos.
  • After the success of "A Time to Kill," Matthew McConaughey was suddenly offered 99 scripts he had previously been denied.
  • He struggled with discerning which opportunities to pursue and ultimately had to get away from Hollywood to listen to himself.
  • It's important to be discerning and ask yourself what you truly want, even if it means saying no to many opportunities.
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