Cliff Michaels is a broker, strategic coach, angel investor, social entrepreneur, and Founder of Cliff Michaels Academy which provides Essential Training for life, leaders & entrepreneurs. Courses and live workshops deliver FUN, FAST, REAL-WORLD RESULTS to individuals, schools and corporate clients. 

Academy principles are based on Cliff’s 2012 New York Times BestsellerThe 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking. Part memoir and part manifesto, Cliff’s book dispels the myth of born entrepreneurs and proposes a paradigm shift in global education. The 4 Essentials debuted #1 on Amazon, receiving critical acclaim from business & education leaders.

A USC freshman in the late 80s, Cliff earned his Real World MBA (a Masters in Basic Abilities) when he volunteered for real estate brokers to learn negotiation, creative thinkingteam building, credit, finance, and leadership. Through a daily practice of handwritten thank-you notes, Cliff attracted investors and bought his first home at 19. On campus however, Cliff battled dyslexia and prerequisite courses such as statistics and economics. This inspired him to rock the academic boat by conducting a survey where students, teachers, and professionals ranked essentials in competitive environments. Results validated Cliff’s theory about gaps in education that still exist today.

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 the Internet’s first Global Registry to feature digital notary technology.

Cliff also served as a 10-year board member and President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization Los Angeles (aka: 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’s 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!