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In this book, you will learn:

How to cultivate proprietary insights that can launch game-changing businesses

Why you don’t need a revolutionary invention or product to be financially free

What can turn your deepest flaws into fuel for your greatest triumphs

How to break the patterns holding you back

How to reach unimaginable heights, give yourself no choice but victory

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For purchases of five copies or more -- great gifts for your family or your organization -- we are thrilled to offer a set of pre-order incentives that bring you closer to Matt, and the business-building wisdom and life-changing advice he provides.  The link will take you to the site of your choice where you can order directly from your preferred bookstore; for 25 copies or more, click on the "Claim Bonus" link for our personal concierge service that can easily process your order. 

Invite to the VIP BURN THE BOATS Webinar

Learn how to BURN THE BOATS for a better life with Matt. In this practical, actionable presentation, you will learn how to harness the power of burning the boats to scale your business, level up your career, and make better, faster decisions.

You'll also have the chance to submit your own business ideas in advance, as Matt will choose three to discuss and dissect during the webinar. Don't miss this special opportunity to have Matt weigh in on your dreams. Special drop-in appearance from Gary Vaynerchuk.

Type of Meetup: Virtual       Date: 1.5hrs


Join Matt and Christina Tosi for a Virtual Baking Tutorial

Matt and his business partner Christina Tosi, founder of Milk Bar, will host an intimate one-hour tutorial for superfans to learn how to boost their skills in the kitchen, and all the secrets of growing an amazing omnichannel business. Matt and Christina will interact with attendees throughout, taking questions and guiding you through the recipe.

Type of Meetup: Virtual       Time: 1hr


Pitch a Shark -- Live One-on-One Zoom with Matt

Pick Matt’s brain about anything on your mind when it comes to leveling up your life: Shark-sharp feedback to help you land a whale for your big idea; advice from the trenches of the direct-to-consumer world; the inside scoop on what it takes to make it in the Tank; investor secrets and do’s and don’ts when taking in outside capital; advice in how to break into the rough and tumble world of sports business; or whatever's on your mind!

Type of Meetup: Virtual  


Take Your Team Through a Business Case -- Live with Magnolia Bakery's Banana Pudding

Join Matt (virtually) as we ship Magnolia Bakery's famous banana pudding (plus bonus treats!) to your home or office for a deep dive case study workshop on RSE's pandemic-era acquisition of Magnolia Bakery. While you indulge, learn how RSE makes its investment decisions, and how the deal came together, in an interactive conversation with Matt and special guests.

Type of Meetup: Virtual       Time: 1hr


The Ultimate NFL Experience -- Join Matt and the Dolphins in Miami

Want to live out your football dreams? Matt will host up to 4 guests for a once-in-a-lifetime Dolphins experience. Tailgate in the 72 Club, hit the field for pre-game warmups, and watch the action up-close in amazing seats.

Type of Meetup: In-Person       Date: TBD 


A Day of Deep Sea Fishing with Matt in Miami

Prefer the water to the gridiron? You and 5 of your colleagues can join Matt on a yacht off the coast of Miami to reel in marlin, tuna, and hours of great advice on building and scaling your business, attracting investment, and thriving through crisis. No guarantee you'll see a whale, but you'll get to spend your day with a Shark.

Type of Meetup: In-Person       Time: 1/2 Day 


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Matt's Big Apple Day of Dreams

Join Matt for an afternoon and evening of adventure in New York, starting with a helicopter tour over all five boroughs, landing at Hudson Yards for a meet-up with Gary Vaynerchuk to hear his groundbreaking insights into the latest social media tools to crush your business. Follow that up with a working dinner for you and Matt at Estiatorio Milos overlooking the Vessel, where he will harness his experience to help you on your road to success.

Type of Meetup: In-Person       Time: 4hrs

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Exclusive Pre-Order Bonuses & Special Experiences

Great achievers reject backup plans.

In BURN THE BOATS, Matt Higgins — a self-made entrepreneur who has reached the pinnacle of five industries — provides the winning formula to stop hedging and embark on a lifelong journey of breakout success.

Pre-order from one of your favorite retailers below or choose from a longer list of retailers is available here

Burn the Boats: Toss Plan B Overboard and Unleash Your Full Potential Hardcover – February 14, 2023
Burn the Boats: Toss Plan B Overboard and Unleash Your Full Potential Hardcover – February 14, 2023

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Matt Higgins

Matt Higgins was a Guest Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, is an Executive Fellow and teacher at Harvard Business School, and, through RSE Ventures, the private investment firm he co-founded, an investor in some of America’s most beloved brands.

A high school dropout at age 16 before going on to graduate from Fordham Law School, Higgins became the youngest press secretary in New York City history during the September 11th attacks. He then helped lead the effort to rebuild the World Trade Center site as Chief Operating Officer before becoming Executive Vice President of the New York Jets and then Vice Chairman of the Miami Dolphins. Higgins is currently Executive Producer of Business Hunters, a new show that helps everyday Americans realize their dream of owning their own business. The show was created by Shark Tank and Apprentice creator Mark Burnett, Chairman of MGM Worldwide.

Passionate about human rights, Higgins works with the Global Solidary Fund to advance Pope Francis’ mission to support refugees and migrants around the world. He is also a long-standing board member of Autism Speaks.

About the Author

Burn the Boats

Too many of us are driven by fear, waiting for the perfect moment to act. We subconsciously construct an insidious safety net that becomes our undoing: Plan B.

About the Book

Looking at those who have triumphed — from business to sports, from politics to the arts — reveals the truth, and offers a template for anyone who aspires to achieve. To make your mark, follow the lead of Sun Tzu and Julius Caesar, all the way to Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, billionaire Marc Lore, actress Scarlett Johansson, and the dozens more whose inspiring stories are shared in this powerful book: cast away your safety nets, overcome your hesitations, and burn your boats.

Matt Higgins’ own modern-day Horatio Alger story began with his radical decision to drop out of high school at age 16, jumpstarting his escape from poverty, and launching his journey to Shark Tank, Harvard Business School, and beyond. He is living proof that success can emerge from even the darkest places. Now, having mentored some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Matt is ready to share his insights, his lessons, and the raw truth about how to architect your dream life with readers everywhere.

BURN THE BOATS is an inspiring, deeply actionable playbook for fearless success.

"This book will change your life"

—JAY SHETTY - #1 New York Times Best-selling author, Think Like A Monk

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