Cliff Michaels is a social entrepreneur, education activist and Founder of Cliff Michaels Academy which provides Essential Training for life, leaders & entrepreneurs. Academy E-courses & live workshops run an average of just 45 minutes, delivering real-world results with FREE tools, quizzes, exercises, and completion certificates.
Academy principles are based on Cliff’s 2012 New York Times Bestseller, The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking (What Successful People Didn’t Learn in School). Part memoir and part manifesto, Cliff dispels the myth of born entrepreneurs and proposes a paradigm shift in global education. The book also debuted #1 on Amazon, receiving critical acclaim from leaders in education and business.
A USC freshman in the late 80s, Cliff met early life mentors at 18 by knocking on doors to real estate open houses. He volunteered for brokers and learned keys to negotiation, creative thinking, team building, credit, finance, and leadership. Through a daily practice of handwritten thank-you notes, Cliff soon attracted investors who helped him buy his first home at 19. His journey to raise the bar in global education has been a passion since.
At USC, Cliff battled dyslexia and prerequisite courses such as statistics, accounting and economics. This inspired him to rock the academic boat by conducting a global survey where students, teachers, and professionals ranked essentials in competitive environments. Results validated Cliff’s theory about huge gaps in education and corporate training.
Due to skyrocketing tuition and a rigid curriculum, Cliff dropped out of USC to launch Cliff Michaels & Associates, a real estate, mortgage and consulting firm that has closed over $500 million dollars in transactions since 1992. In 1999, Cliff also co-founded venture backed First Use Global Registry, a pioneering DotCom that featured digital notary technology and raised the bar for intellectual property protection and file authentication.
Cliff served as a 10-year board member and President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization Los Angeles (known today as EO), the world’s premier network 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 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!