196 | Matt Higgins | Burn the Boats: Toss Plan B Overboard and Unleash Your Full Potential

In this episode, Matt and Darius talk about the importance of finding our leverageable assets and using them to our advantage, the principle of compounding, the effects of family caregiving, and a lot more.

In this episode, Matt and I talked about:

  • Matt explains what the term “burn the boats” means and its origin
  • What “Burn the Boats” is all about and who it is written for
  • Finding your leverageable assets and using them to achieve your goals
  • Matt shares switching from the mayor’s office to law school
  • The impact of becoming a family caregiver on Matt 
  • Matt looks back on working as press secretary for Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • The magic of compounding in achieving professional success
  • And other topics…

Meet Matt:

Founder. Operator. Investor. Educator. No matter the role, he has always believed in trusting your instincts and never outsourcing your judgment.

Over the next decade, Matt earned a law degree from Fordham at night and began a career as the youngest press secretary in NYC history, where he helped manage the global press response to 9/11.

He went on to be an executive for two NFL teams, found/invest in some of the most dynamic brands through RSE Ventures, and become a guest shark on ABC’s Shark Tank (seasons 10-11) as well as an executive fellow at Harvard Business School, where he co-teach “Moving Beyond Direct-to-Consumer.”

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine LIVE. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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My team and I are on a mission to help YOU create a cultural revolution. I want to teach you how to build a core value driven organization. 



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