Cliff Michaels is a part-time philosopher, full-time truth seeker and social entrepreneur. He’s also a speaker, strategist, financier, philanthropist and Founder of Cliff Michaels Academy. Based on workshops taught over 20 years, the Academy provides a fun, affordable, result-driven curriculum of e-courses & live training to individuals, schools, and organizations.
Cliff’s training system is based on a series of Skills, Strategies, Values, and Purpose principles featured in his memoir/manifesto and New York Times Bestseller, The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking. The book debuted #1 on Amazon with critical acclaim from education and business leaders worldwide.
A USC freshman in the late 80s, Cliff began a daily practice of handwritten thank-you notes to brokers, bankers and business prospects. Nearly broke, his work ethic and ingenuity attracted investment partners which helped him buy his first home at 19. Back at USC however, and undiagnosed as a dyslexic, Cliff battled business prerequisites like statistics and accounting. On a whim, he decided to poll teachers, professionals, and entrepreneurs on real world essentials critical to success. Results validated his theory about huge gaps in both traditional education and corporate training.
Due to skyrocketing tuition, Cliff dropped out of college and launched Cliff Michaels & Associates (CMA), a real estate, entertainment, and business consulting firm. CMA has closed over $500 million dollars in transactions since 1992. In 1999, Cliff also co-founded FirstUse.com, the world’s first online registry to feature digital notary technology.
Cliff served as a 10-year board member and President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization Los Angeles (today, EO), the world’s premier network for entrepreneurs (10,000 members, 57 countries, 125+ chapters). At EO, Cliff launched student mentor programs, co-chaired international learning events, and created the organization’s first philanthropic galas.
Cliff’s philanthropic passions include support for kids at risk, cancer, global hunger projects, clean water, and animal rights. When he’s not working or globetrotting for a cause, Cliff plays in Santa Monica with yoga friends, movie mavens, and Lucy The Wonder Pup! Cliff’s bigger mission is to inspire, give back, and raise the bar for global education through social giving and entrepreneurial thinking. With each sale, free books and courses are donated to schools in need. LEARN MORE!