Cliff Michaels is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, financier, speaker, real estate investor, strategic coach, and Founder of Cliff Michaels Academy which provides e-courses and live training for life, leaders & entrepreneurs. Based on workshops taught over 20 years, Cliff’s training systems deliver fun, result-driven tools & strategies to individuals, schools, and organizations worldwide.
The curriculum is based on a series of Skills, Strategies, Values, and Purpose principles featured in Cliff’s New York Times Bestseller, The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking. The book debuted #1 on Amazon with critical acclaim from education and business leaders. Part memoir and manifesto, The 4 Essentials inspired a paradigm shift in global education and social entrepreneurship.
While a USC freshman in the late 80s, Cliff began his quest for personal and professional growth 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 dyslexia with courses like statistics and economics. So he decided to challenge the curriculum. On a whim, he conducted a survey where students, teachers, and professionals ranked essentials to 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, a real estate, mortgage and strategic consulting firm that’s closed over $500 million dollars in transactions since 1992. Cliff was also the CEO and co-founder of venture-backed First Use Online Registry, the world’s first service 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 (9000 members, 40+ countries, 120+ chapters). At EO, Cliff launched student mentor programs, co-chaired international learning events, and created the organization’s first philanthropic galas.
The bigger mission for Cliff and The Academy is to inspire, give back, and raise the bar for global education. With each sale, free books and courses are donated to schools in need. LEARN MORE!