Professional Profile

A Southern California native, Cliff Michaels is a strategic mentor, education activist, and entrepreneur whose New York Times Bestseller The 4 Essentials (a Misfit’s Journey through Life & Entrepreneurship) launched #1 on Amazon in 2012. The groundbreaking book inspired education and business leaders to include the 4 Essentials of Life Skills, Action Strategies, Core Values & Purpose Principles in their training programs. Cliff has also been featured on national radio, television, and publications from the The Wall Street Journal to Success Magazine.

Cliff’s Total Success System includes 20+ hours of certified learning that enables anyone to launch a dynamic career, business or lifestyle. His e-courses range from self-discovery and time management to money mastery, career building, leadership and communication. Cliff also conducts custom retreats and has been a featured speaker at USC’s #1 rated entrepreneur class and conferences worldwide.

From 1996-2005, Cliff served as President, Education and Forum Chair of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization Los Angeles (known as EO), a global network with over 12,000 members in 50+ countries and 120+ chapters. As L.A. President, he also launched EO’s first student mentor programs and charity galas. 

Cliff is Founder of Cliff Michaels & Associates, a real estate finance & start-up consulting firm that has closed one billion dollars in transactions since 1992. In 1999, Cliff also co-founded the world’s first digital notary platform (featured in the Diary of a Dotcom chapter of The 4 Essentials). 

Giving Back by Learning Forward: With a mission to inspire, give back and the raise the bar for global education, Cliff donates books & e-courses to clubs and schools every day.  You can also sponsor a student or organization of your choice!

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