Cliff Michaels is a social entrepreneur, 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 worldwide.
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.
A USC freshman in the late 80s, Cliff began his quest for personal growth and professional success through a daily practice of handwritten thank-you notes. He soon attracted investors and bought his first home at 19. At USC however, Cliff battled business classes like statistics and accounting. He was an undiagnosed dyslexic. On a whim, Cliff decided to challenge the status quo by surveying top teachers, professionals, and entrepreneurs. He asked them to rank essentials critical to success in competitive environments. Results validated Cliff’s theory about huge gaps in education and corporate training.
Due to skyrocketing tuition, Cliff dropped out of college and launched Cliff Michaels & Associates (CMA), a real estate and business consulting firm. CMA has closed over $500 million dollars in transactions since 1992. At the height of the Internet boom in 1999, Cliff was also the co-founder of 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 bigger mission is to inspire, give back, and raise the bar for global education and healthier cultures through entrepreneurial thinking. With each sale, free books and courses are donated to schools in need. LEARN MORE!