Matthew McConaughey Drops 13 Life Truths During University Of Houston Commencement Speech

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Matthew McConaughey appeared at the University of Houston graduation ceremony to deliver his $135,000 commencement speech on Friday and in true Matthew McConaughey fashion he dropped a few truth bombs on the graduates in attendance.

All we have right now, video-wise, is this little snippet, but it will at least set the tone for the 13 “Life Truths” he shared with the new University of Houston grads.

Thankfully, the folks over at E! News (who managed to capture most, if not all, of the contents of his speech) were able to grab these 13 “Truths” and they went as follows (imagine them in your best McConaughey Lincoln commercial voice)…

1. Life is not easy. He tells the students, “Do not fall into the trap. The entitlement trap of feeling like you’re a victim. You are not. Get over it and get on with it.”

2. “Unbelievable” is the stupidest word in the dictionary.

3. Happiness is different than joy. The actor tells students, “Happiness is an emotional response to an outcome…it is result-reliant. I say if happiness is what you’re after, you’re gonna be let down frequently…Joy is not a choice. It’s not a response to some result. It’s a constant. Joy is the feeling we have for doing what we’re fashioned to do.”

4. Define success for yourself. “Continue to ask yourself that question and your answer may change over time and that’s fine, do yourself this favor, whatever your answer is don’t choose anything that will jeopardize your soul.”

5. Process of elimination is the first step to our identity. “Where you are not is just as important as where you are,” he tells the graduates.

6. Don’t leave crumbs—and the beauty of delayed gratification.

7. Dissect your successes (and the reciprocity of gratitude).

8. Make voluntary obligations.

9. From can to want.

10. A roof is a man-made thing.

11. Turn the page.

12. Give your obstacles credit.

13. How do we know when we cross the truth?

McConaughey was also presented a jersey bearing the number of his late dad who played football for the University of Houston.

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