Cliff Michaels is a social entrepreneur, education activist and Founder of Cliff Michaels Academy, a learning platform that provides success systems for life, leaders & entrepreneurs. Courses are based on Cliff’s 2012 New York Times Bestseller, The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking (What Successful People Didn’t Learn in School).
A USC freshman in the late 80s, Cliff met his first business mentors at 18 while knocking on doors to learn real estate strategies. He soon learned keys to communication, creative thinking, negotiation, team building, financial leverage, and leadership values. As a result, he attracted investors who helped him buy his first home at 19. Cliff then asked why schools didn’t teach the life and business Essentials he was picking up on the streets. His journey to raise the bar in education has been a mission ever since.
A passionate student, Cliff battled dyslexia and prerequisite courses that didn’t fit his skill set (such as statistics and economics). This inspired him to conduct a broad survey where hundreds of students, teachers and professionals ranked essentials for competitive environments. Results validated Cliff’s theory about gaps in education since the highest-ranked principles were absent in most high school, college, and corporate training programs.
Due to skyrocketing tuition costs and frustration with a rigid curriculum, Cliff dropped out of USC and launched Cliff Michaels & Associates in 1992, a real estate, mortgage and consulting firm that’s closed over $500 million dollars in transactions. Along the way, Cliff trained thousands of clients in life skills, financial literacy, and social entrepreneurship. Cliff also served as a 10-year board member and President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization Los Angeles (known today as EO), one of the world’s premier networks for entrepreneurs (9000 members, 40+ countries, 120+ chapters. At YEO, Cliff launched mentor programs for students, co-chaired international learning events, and created the organization’s first philanthropic galas.
Cliff Michaels Academy mission is to now inspire, give back, and raise the bar for global education and corporate training. With each sale, free books and courses are donated to students and schools in need. LEARN MORE!