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YAPClassic: Matthew McConaughey on Developing Confidence and Turning Red Lights into Green Lights

YAPClassic: Matthew McConaughey on Developing Confidence and Turning Red Lights into Green Lights

Update: 2024-01-193
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When Matthew McConaughey was a child, he entered a Little Mr. Texas contest. His mom told him he won the contest, and he believed that for over 41 years. It wasn’t until 2018 that he looked at the trophy and realized that he won runner-up. Still, the confidence that Matthew’s mother instilled in him by telling him he won contributed to the massive success he has had as an actor, producer, and best-selling author. In this episode of YAPClassic, Hala and Matthew discuss Matthew’s childhood and the origins of his confidence, his best-selling book, Greenlights, how to turn red and yellow lights to green lights, and some life lessons he learned along the way.


Matthew McConaughey is an Academy Award-winning actor and the author of the New York Times best-selling book Greenlights. He has appeared in over 50 films, including Dazed and Confused, Interstellar, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Matthew is also a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Minister of Culture/M.O.C. for the University of Texas and the City of Austin. 


In this episode, Hala and Matthew will discuss: 

- Why you should journal about both your successes and failures

- Defining “Greenlights” 

- Origin of Matthew’s confidence 

- Matthew’s decision to go to a less expensive college

- Why Matthew went to film school 

- On Dazed and Confused and the importance of preparation

- Experience with romantic comedy movies

- Matthew’s thoughts on celebrity status 

- The Just Keep Livin' Foundation

- Matthew’s secret to profiting in life

- And other topics…


Matthew McConaughey is an Academy Award-winning actor and the author of the New York Times best-selling book Greenlights. Matthew is also a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Minister of Culture/M.O.C. for the University of Texas and the City of Austin. He is also a brand ambassador for Lincoln Motor Company, an owner of the Major League Soccer club Austin FC, and co-creator of Wild Turkey Longbranch bourbon. Matthew and his wife, Camila, founded The Just Keep Livin' Foundation in 2009, which helps at-risk high school students make healthier mind, body, and spirit choices.


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Resources Mentioned:

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey: https://greenlights.com/

Matthew on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000190/

The Just Keep Livin’ Foundation: https://www.jklivinfoundation.org/

Matthew’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officiallymcconaughey/

Matthew’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/McConaughey

Matthew’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/McConaugheyOfficial

Matthew’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MatthewMcConaughey/


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YAPClassic: Matthew McConaughey on Developing Confidence and Turning Red Lights into Green Lights

YAPClassic: Matthew McConaughey on Developing Confidence and Turning Red Lights into Green Lights

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