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Highlight Clip of The Tim Ferriss Show: Matthew McConaughey

From Audio: #474: Matthew McConaughey — The Power of “No, Thank You,” Key Life Lessons, 30+ Years of Diary Notes, and The Art of Catching Greenlights

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The Tim Ferriss Show
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In this snippet, Matthew McConaughey talks about his personal philosophy of "Greenlights."
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In this snippet, Matthew McConaughey talks about his personal philosophy of "Greenlights." Check out the rest of the episode for more about McConaughey and his personal insights.
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uh, why GreenLight's What is the concept or the intent behind using that word? What does it represent for you? Well, one is just pretty cool. Title E. You know, I went through the thievery, earnest, but not very good student Independent films of a freshman or sophomore student like I was. You know, we're trying to work out something as extension or you want to sound really cool, Like, you know, I went through forced winters. You know what I mean? Because I have in the book what I would call a lot of forced winters. Mind you, I call this Kobe timer, and right now I forced winter. I had a You know, my most creative times came in my forced winters of life. My year in Australia, abroad on my own. But forced winter is kind of a double negative. I mean, who wants to go open a book called Forced Winter e mean so much more Affirmative. And And I love verbs. I love words that are verbs. Verb is the holy word. I'm sure, you know, and that it has affirmation it. It's alive. And so green lights, I noticed, became a theme to the book because the metaphor of the yellow and the red lights that we have in our life, whatever those hard times are. I noticed in going through my diaries of 36 years that things that were definite red lights in my life, hard times, yellow lights of my life, interruptions, interventions, things that stopped my flow and got my way that at some point, either sometimes immediately for decades down the line revealed their green light assets in my life, I would argue my dad's passing was a green light. Now his dying was a literal red light. But as I mentioned earlier, I would not be the man I am right now. If he did not move on, I would have stayed lazy. I would have stayed Mawr impressed and less involved. I would have not put myself to task and held myself and called myself toe arms to man up and be more honest with myself and look at the world more honestly and have more courage. If he had not passed on because I would have had him as a crutch, I would have had this sort of subconscious reliance that oh, if I really get in a bind. I still got that. I still got popped. He's my safety net. So his passing revealed drain lights for May. So green lights became a theme and and it became I noticed that sometimes it's about persisting through something enduring something. Other times it's about pivoting. Wait a minute. I'm banging my head on the wall here. I'm basically living out the definition of insanity, trying to change something the same way over and over again. That's not changing. So I need to re approach this. You need to back up and and and and that maybe dance around the situation, dance around the problem to get what I want. And then other times I noticed, it's just you raised the white flag. Do you know what? I'm fighting for? The wrong thing here. This is going against my grain. This is not really what I what I want and need. So I'm gonna live to fight another day and go find something else. Toe challenge to overcome. And so are in. Those are methods in which I've been able to find green lights. Um, sometimes I've gotten green lights. I think we all do by just sheer straight ass denial. I mean, I write that line in that great lesson, That wisdom I heard from a very old man one time. You know, I've had many. Crisis is I've had thousands of crisis is in my life. Hell, most of never happened e mean, but partially by just denying that there is a crisis not being foolish with it. But some things I just said, like I'm not even going to give that crisis credit. Therefore, it doesn't exist that dark can't stick to me if you throw it at me. If I don't give it. If I don't even give credit that it's a dark you know what I mean. So so that's That's the green lights. I mean, ultimately, I believe that in the rear view mirror of our life, every red and yellow light will turn green. And that may not even be in this life. Tim, I think a lot of people happens for people in this life tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, 10 years from now on our deathbed. But I if we doesn't happen, then I think it can happen in the next life for our kids or for our kids, kids or grandkids, it's a lesson may be realized 35 10 generations from now, it may become a green light for some hardship that we go through in this life now.
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