Cliff Michaels is a New York Times Bestselling author, speaker, strategist, broker, and social entrepreneur. His real estate firm, Cliff Michaels & Associates, has closed over $500 million dollars in sales since 1992. Among his achievements, Cliff was the Founder of Knowledge Café (1996), an online community for life and business learning, and Co-Founder of FirstUse.com (1999), the first online registry to feature digital-notary technology.
Cliff also served as a 10-year board member and 2003-2004 President of the Entrepreneurs' Organization Los Angeles (EO), part of the world's premier peer-to-peer network for business owners. As President, he launched the chapter's first mentor programs for students, co-chaired international learning events, and created philanthropy galas for a variety of charities.
In his New York Times Bestseller, The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, Cliff takes readers on an amazing personal journey, proposes a paradigm shift in global education, and dispels the myth of born entrepreneurs. He then unleashes a dynamic system of timeless lessons anyone can follow, including rare insights from his own Diary of a Dotcom. In a truly original series of essays, Cliff draws on classic mentors from da Vinci, Edison, and Mozart, to Jobs, Gates, Oprah, Branson, Spielberg, and dozens more. Inspiring and thought provoking, The 4 Essentials offers a real-world MBA - your Master's in Basic Abilities.
Cutting his entrepreneurial teeth with street-wise mentors, Cliff bought his first home at 19 with no money in the bank. His unique experience as a college freshman inspired research to prove a simple theory: that a substantial gap existed between classroom education, corporate training, and real-world Essentials for success and happiness. After dropping out of USC as a sophomore, Cliff spent the next 20 years building companies in real estate, technology, online learning, and strategic consulting.
Cliff's bigger mission is to inspire, give back, and raise the bar for global education and entrepreneurship. With each book and training course sold, free books and courses are donated to students in need. Cliff's trademark Success Systems enable anyone to launch a thriving business, build a dynamic career, or design a passionate lifestyle. His e-courses and live training are available through cliffmichaels.com.
A passionate supporter of students, young professionals, and global causes, Cliff lives in Santa Monica, California, where hobbies include yoga, tennis, hiking, and long catnaps.