The Art of Livin’ with Matthew McConaughey

Jenna Kutcher 

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April 17, 2023


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I have to be honest, this conversation is a true “pinch me” moment. I’m so honored to host a conversation with a true Hollywood icon who has captivated audiences for decades with his performances on the big screen. From his breakout role in “Dazed and Confused” to his Oscar-winning turn in “Dallas Buyers Club,” he has proven time and again to be one of the most versatile and compelling actors of his generation.

But Matthew McConaughey is much more than just a talented performer. He’s also a writer, a philosopher, and a seeker of truth and meaning. His recent book, Greenlights, has become a sensation, topping the bestseller lists and inspiring readers around the world with its honest, humorous, and insightful reflections on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

In Greenlights, he shares his personal journey of self-discovery and transformation, from his childhood in Texas to his rise to fame in Hollywood and beyond. Along the way, he offers hard-won wisdom and lessons learned, drawn from his own experiences of success, failure, and everything in between.

Through his writing and his acting, he has become a cultural icon, a symbol of resilience, authenticity, and creativity in a world that can often feel overwhelming and uncertain. There’s so much we can all learn from the legendary Matthew McConaughey in his interview on the Goal Digger Podcast!

Trust Red and Yellow Lights

Trust is an essential part of life, yet it can be difficult to trust when we don’t understand why something is happening. This is especially true when it comes to red and yellow lights. In our conversation, Matthew McConaughey talks about his book, Greenlights, and how he learned to trust red and yellow lights in his life. 

Matthew noticed that he had engineered 90% of his successes through his own choices, but he also realized that there were some successes he caught that were almost mystical and made no sense at the time. This is where the idea of the green lights theory came in. He explains that we all love catching green lights in life, but we also have yellows and reds. He emphasizes that we don’t want to look for the red and yellow lights, but when they come, we should look for the gifts in them. 

Trusting red and yellow lights is an important lesson to learn in life. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond. We should look for the gifts in the red and yellow lights and trust that they will lead us to the green lights. Matthew’s story is a great example of how trust can lead to success, and it is an inspiring reminder that we should always strive to trust the red and yellow lights in our lives.

Find Joy in the Process

It’s easy to become jaded and lose our trust in others, especially during difficult times. I know I’ve had my fair share of trust issues in the past! But Matthew McConaughey’s story shows us that even when the world is in chaos, it’s important to stay true to ourselves and trust that the green lights will come. We should never let our fear of the unknown stop us from taking risks and trusting our instincts. We should also trust that we can learn from our mistakes and use them as lessons to help us grow. 

When we take the time to pause, reflect, and appreciate the present moment, we can find joy in the process. As Matthew pointed out, joy is not found in the destination or the results, but in the journey itself. The joy is found in the moments of discovery, the moments of growth, and the moments of connection. It’s found in the little things that make life worth living.

The journey is often filled with obstacles and challenges and we may feel overwhelmed, stressed, and pressured. But if we take a breath and let it settle in, we can start to see the journey in a different light. We can focus on the lily pads, one at a time, and slowly mark things off. This allows us to appreciate the process instead of only focusing on the results. If we can find joy in the process, we can be more productive and successful in reaching our goals. We can also be more resilient and better equipped to handle any obstacles that come our way. 

So, take a moment to pause, reflect, and appreciate the present moment. Find joy in the process and enjoy the journey, and this will help us to move forward and find our own green lights.

Take Control of Your Life

Taking control of our lives is not an easy task. Especially on social media, we are constantly bombarded with messages telling us to strive for more, to be better and to achieve more. It can be hard to find the balance between ambition and contentment. We may find ourselves stuck in a cycle of striving for more, but never feeling satisfied. It is important to recognize that ambition and contentment are both important and that we need to find balance between the two. 

One way to take control of our lives is to be mindful of our thoughts and actions. In our conversation, Matthew emphasizes the importance of taking time to assess our thoughts and actions and to make sure that they are in alignment with our values and goals. When we are mindful of our thoughts and actions, we can make sure that we are taking steps towards our goals and living our lives in a way that is meaningful and fulfilling. 

Another way to take control of our lives is to be generous with ourselves. We need to take the time to invest in ourselves and to recognize our own needs and desires. We need to take care of ourselves and make sure that we are taking the time to appreciate our own successes and accomplishments. We need to be generous with ourselves and recognize our own worth. 

Finally, we need to be generous with our kids. We need to take the time to invest in our kids and to teach them values and life lessons. We need to take the time to be present and to be a positive role model for our kids. By taking the time to invest in our kids and teaching them values and life lessons, we can help them become successful and happy adults. 

Taking control of our lives is not an easy task, but it is an important one. We need to be mindful of our thoughts and actions, be generous with ourselves, and be generous with our kids. By taking the time to invest in ourselves and our kids, we can create a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

Invest in Yourself

Matthew and I are both HUGE proponents of Investing in ourselves because it’s an important step in finding clarity and joy in our lives. It requires introspection, practice, and inventory of our thoughts and feelings. Through this process, we can learn to identify our strengths and weaknesses, and work to improve upon them. We can also identify our passions and interests, and use them to create a life that is meaningful and fulfilling. 

Practicing self-care is essential for investing in ourselves. Taking time for ourselves, whether it be through meditation, journaling, or simply taking a break from our daily routines, can help us to relax and reflect. It can also help us to build resilience and cope with difficult emotions. Taking care of our physical and mental health is also important, as it can help us to stay focused and productive. 

In addition to taking care of ourselves, we should also consider investing in our businesses. Whether it’s signing up for a 5K or attending Matthew’s live virtual event, The Art of Livin, investing in ourselves can be a difficult process, but it is an important one. Through introspection, practice, and inventory, we can learn to identify our strengths and weaknesses, and use them to create a more meaningful and fulfilling life. 

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