Matthew McConaughey is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and he also has one of the most inspiring, as well.
In his 2014 Oscars speech, where McConaughey won Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the actor detailed the three things he needs each day: “…something to look up to, another something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.”
The first thing he did was thank God for the opportunities that “are not of my hand or any human hand.” That’s what he looks up to.
The second—the thing he looks forward to—is his family. McConaughey mentioned his wife, Camila, and his children, as well as his deceased father, who is “up there right now with a big pot of gumbo.”
And, finally, the thing McConaughey chases is a hero, and that hero, he said, is “me in 10 years.”
He went on, saying “So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero is always 10 years away. I’m never going to beat my hero. I’m not going to obtain that, I know I’m not. And that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.”
McConaughey, in his passionate speech, reminds us that we need something to idealize, something to look forward to, and a hero to chase, in order to keep growing as people. That’s something to be inspired by.