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Your Brother's Book Club: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

I've set a lofty goal to read 2-3 books per month in 2022. It seems lofty, but I have to start somewhere. To keep me honest with that goal, I'm introducing a new blog series, "Your Brother's Book Club", a mini review on all the books I'll be reading this year.

I was gifted this book last year and got around to rip it through this month. Matthew McConaughey is one of my favorite actors and his story is one I've always been intrigued with.

Let's dive in; alright, alright, alright.



Matthew McConaughey

A fifty year memoir from one of the greatest actors of our generation, Matthew McConaughey recorded his life through notebooks and papers and spent weeks telling his story in what now is a New York Times Best Seller.

He was set to become a lawyer, but his heart and mind brought him to start auditioning for movies. From there, the rest is history. In an inspiring read, this story takes you through his Hollywood experience, his connection to spirituality, timeline of adventures, family events through life and death, dreams, unconventional wisdom, and life lessons of following that greenlight. He gives lessons on changing career paths and flipping the narrative. Practices on how to un-brand yourself and reinvent who you want to be.

McConaughey wants readers to come away understanding that you should chase the greenlights in life. The annoyance in life are those yellow and red lights, that drag you down, slow your speed, and force you to stop. Eventually, those lights will soon turn green.

A message that stuck well, and throughout the book, was a line that his father told him.

“Well …don’t half-ass it.”

It's safe to say McConaughey didn't his entire career, and it's a message you should live by, whether its in your work or personal lives. If you're a fan of his work, it's an easy and interesting read, filled with laughs and self resemblance, and a story of how hard work and self perseverance can get you anywhere in life.

My review: 9.2/10


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