“Burn the Boats”! With Matt Higgins, Author & Guest Shark


With a wealth of experience as press secretary for the mayor of New York, running both the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets, and as author of “Burn the Boats,” Matt Higgins is a true trailblazer. Matt’s story is a powerful reminder that success is not just for the privileged few but for anyone with the courage to pursue their dreams.  

In our conversation, Matt shares invaluable insights on how to turn trauma into opportunity, the importance of trusting your instincts, and how taking significant risks can lead to great rewards. If you’ve ever felt weighed down by circumstances, limited by your doubts, or unsure how to harness your ambitions, you’ll want to jot down some notes!


Episode Timeline & Discussion Questions:

(1:04) Welcome back to The Chris Harder Show. Today, Chris is joined by Matt Higgins.

(5:10) Chris asks Matt, “Are you an actual Jets fan?”

(7:31) Matt shares his background and a story with a discouraging teacher. 

(18:30) Matt shares how to know if you’re an edge case. 

(20:53) Chris asks Matt, “What are some of the life lessons your mother left you?” 

(34:06) Chris asks Matt, “Talk to me a little bit about following your instincts over data, especially in a fundraising atmosphere.” 

(42:41) Matt talks about using intuition over data in terms of branding. 

(47:02) Chris asks Matt, “Who is your book for?” 

(54:41) Chris introduces his offer for the “Burn The Boats” giveaway. 

(60:26) Chris asks listeners to share the podcast and leave a 5-star review.

You need to know and believe that the rules around you are not designed to see you succeed or hold you back. They're designed to organize the people around you efficiently.

You’re Going To Hear About:

  • Matt’s inspiring journey, driven by an inner calling for more
  • The unwavering commitment required to achieve your big goals 
  • Prioritizing your instincts over data
  • Tips for enhancing your branding and marketing to stand out in competitive markets 
  • Who will benefit from the “Burn the Boats” book? 
  • Why opportunity is a fleeting resource – seize it now!

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