RIP Robin Williams ~ Carpe Diem & Dead Poets


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Make Your Life Extraordinary! RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014) A tribute to a fellow crazy one – By Cliff Michaels 20 YEARS GO, I walked into a Manhattan deli. Robin Williams and Billy Crystal strolled in behind me. I looked at Billy and said, “You look Maaaahveous!” Billy winked at me. Then I turned to Robin. I said, “Nanu-Nanu & Carpe Diem,” […]

Cliff Michaels Academy is Giving Back by Learning Forward


How lucky is 87% of the World? Most of us are blessed with healthy food, shoes, shelter, education, medicine, and clean water. Millions are physically or emotionally challenged. A billion people are hungry and homeless. Over 2 billion don’t have clean water. Kids are at risk. There are communities without schools and schools without books. Disaster relief (War, Tsunamis, Hurricanes) and […]

Never Quit! Abraham Lincoln’s Greatest Legacy


Epic Lessons in Failure My first year in college, I stumbled on a book titled Decision in Philadelphia. It’s a dramatic non-fiction about the 1787 United States Constitutional Convention and the shortcomings of America’s Founding Fathers who failed to abolish slavery or provide for women’s rights. That failure would haunt the Union for two more […]

Change Mavens & 3 Degrees of Social Impact


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On Nov 22, 2011, a team of scientists at Facebook and the University of Milan released a study based on 721 million Facebook users. The study suggested 69 billion friendships could be formed by any two individuals connecting through just 4.74 acquaintances. Sounds like fuzzy math so I thought I’d explore the “separation theory” myself. Could it mean something more to modern innovators, game-changers, […]

The Genius Gift of Thomas Edison – Limitation Inspires Innovation


In The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, I wrote a chapter on famous failures, highlighting one of my first mentors, Thomas Edison. Ranked #1 in Life Magazine’s hundred people who “made the millenium”, Edison wasn’t just a visionary inventor with over a thousand patents. He was the founder of fourteen companies and in every sense of the word, an entrepreneurial thinker […]

Harvard Joe & The Fisherman | Essential 1, Skill 1: Define Success


What’s Your Definition of the Good Life? World Peace ~ Love & Laughter ~ Art & Innovation ~ Giving & Gratitude ~ Friends & Family ~ Money & Fame ~ A Healthy Mind, Body & Soul? Fifteen years before I wrote The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, a friend sent me a fable about how we define success. I included the principle in my […]

Tony Hsieh Interview by Cliff Michaels (Part 1 of 2)


A Happy Maverick on a Mission In the Fall of 2011, The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking was 3 months away from launch when I received an endorsement from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay). Tony’s book Delivering Happiness had recently hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list so I was sincerely humbled. As a token of appreciation, I drove from Los […]

How to Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Soul


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In The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, I set out to dispel a few myths about born entrepreneurs and the genius-at birth-theory. I analyzed innate talent, I.Q vs E.Q, great teachers, supportive parents, private coaching, soci0-economic advantages, and the value of a college degree. While each of these are a substantial leg-up, well-educated and privileged people often fail miserably in life, […]

2014 Resolutions | 10 TIPS for Goals in Motion!


What Really Happens to New Year Resolutions? Every December 31, we reflect on the past 12 months. What worked? What bombed altogether? Then we set new goals for health, wealth, careers, startup ideas or expanding business. That’s never enough so we pile on passions like writing a novel, adopting puppies, fun with friends, time for […]

Remembering Steve Jobs – The Crazy One


He was a dreamer and a misfit who built one of the most endurable brands in history. He took us through revolutions in computers, music, and entertainment. He even master-minded one of the most popular advertising campaigns in history: Think Different: The Crazy Ones (featuring 17 iconic figures from Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso, Bob Dylan and John Lennon to Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, […]