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February 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Matt Higgins & Matt Haggman


February 22, 2023
7:00 pm


zArchive2-Books & Books Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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Books & Books presents…


In conversation with Matt Haggman


 Burn the Boats: Toss Plan B Overboard and Unleash Your Full Potential

(William Morrow, $29.99)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 7 PM | LIVE & IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coral Gables

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Join us in-person at Books & Books as Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School, Guest Shark on Shark Tank, and famed angel investor, Matt Higgins, discusses his book: BURN THE BOATS (‎William Morrow, $29.99). The counterintuitive formula for a life of perpetual growth that has been practiced for thousands of years by military leaders and serial entrepreneurs alike—forget the Plan B and burn the boats.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

Executive fellow at Harvard Business School, Guest Shark on Shark Tank, and famed angel investor Matt Higgins reveals the counterintuitive formula for a life of perpetual growth that has been practiced for thousands of years by military leaders and serial entrepreneurs alike—forget the Plan B and burn the boats.

From Sun Tzu to Julius Caesar, the ancient Israelites to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, there’s a bold and highly effective tactic seen throughout history—when leaders want to motivate their troops for success, they destroy all opportunities for retreat, and go all-in on the mission. They burn their boats; it’s win or perish, and the clarity of sheer desperation propels them to victory.

Serial entrepreneur, brilliant investor, and television personality Matt Higgins makes the case that burning the boats isn’t just advantageous in times of war or crisis, but a strategy we can all use to achieve our greatest dreams. Conquerors don’t have a Plan B, knowing intuitively what science bears out: the mere contemplation of a Plan B weakens our resolve and diminishes our chances for breakout success.

In Burn the Boats, Higgins draws from experiences in his own rags-to-riches life to show you how it’s done. The lessons he’s learned along the way, and witnessed in the leaders around him, are now for the first time distilled down to a template for success that’s available to everyone bold enough to use it. Each chapter includes clear, actionable advice that readers can immediately start applying to their own lives, along with inspiration drawn from dozens of real-life success stories, adding up to a blueprint for a future filled with victories.


★“Matt Higgins knows from experience that when you have little to lose, there’s a lot to be gained by making bold bets. In this engaging, actionable book, he shows how it’s possible to take the reins and reinvent your career.” — Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

★”Some people are afraid to take that first step and start a business. Matt gives you a path to challenge yourself and accomplish what you may have been too afraid to start.” — Mark Cuban, entrepreneur and Shark Tank Shark

★“I hate Plan B. I always tell people that to achieve big dreams, you have to ignore the naysayers, but the naysayers are external. Once you have a Plan B, you’ve become your own naysayer. Big dreams require relentless focus, and any time we spend planning for failure sets us up for failure. When Matt told me I inspired him, I was really touched. But the best part is, inspiration is contagious, and now Matt can inspire you with this book. Enjoy it, when you finish reading, I can’t wait to hear about who you inspire.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger


About the Author:

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 Moderator:

Matt Haggman is Executive Vice President at The Beacon Council, Greater Miami’s economic development organization. In this role he leads Opportunity Miami, a community-wide initiative focused on building a more sustainable, inclusive and innovative economic future. He previously was Miami Director at Knight Foundation, where he created and built the foundation’s program focused on propelling Miami’s tech and startup community. Prior to that he was an award-winning journalist at The Miami Herald.