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A Professional Optimizer, and literally WORLD-CLASS at it.

Brian Johnson

I have met thousands of professionals in my career. Michael is, hands down, the most advanced personal development human I have ever met.

Adam Fridman

Michael’s the total package. He's the kind of guy I’d trust to raise my kid & the kind of coach every high-performing executive who wants more out of life should have.

Jacob Sokol
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Hello and welcome! I’m Michael Balchan.

I strive to get better each and every day as I playfully embody my highest values and use my greatest gifts in service.

Together with my team at efive.co, I help executives and inspired leaders to feel and perform at their best. I’m also a Harvard grad, an Ironman, a partner at Relic Pictures, and a retired commodity trader. (Read more of my story here.)

This site is the home of my writing, art, speaking, and teaching.

It covers the intersection of personal growth, psychology, peak-performance science, optimal learning, physiology, habits, wellness, and our greatest spiritual and wisdom traditions.

It’s also the hub of a thriving community of people who are inspired to get more out of themselves and their lives. We hope you’ll join us.

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Tools to improve your practice.

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Michael helps leaders perform at their best every day without going nuts. You should talk to him.

Greg Faxon

A glimpse of what we can become if we show up at our best moment to moment to moment. Michael's one of those guys I love to hate: seemingly naturally good at everything. But make no mistake, this is not luck. He's put in the time to become a master of life.

Bryan Teare

Michael helps people & businesses reach their potential while leading from the front. He’s a (seriously!) astonishing human being: enthusiastic about life, deeply committed to living with virtue, incredibly self-aware, mind-blowingly consistent, a world-class coach, & a true exemplar of everything optimal living.

Evan Shoemaker

Michael has the spirit of a perpetually-playful child, the deep curiosity and desire to explore every facet of what makes our world and the people in it SO fascinating, mixed with the truly insightful wisdom of a man who has done a TON of growth and inner work. `{`…`}` A powerful coach and human being!

Jason Goldberg

In one word: genius. Fun playfulness packed punch of education. Everyone can relate to and get something from his wisdom and support, whether you're an executive, a mom, working 9-to-5, or starting your own business.

Tessie Tracy
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January 17, 2019

The 5 Most Important Algorithms to Install in Your Life 

"Algorithm is arguably the single MOST IMPORTANT CONCEPT in our WORLD. If we want to understand our life & our future, we should make every effort to understand what an algorithm is." - Yuval Noah…
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January 3, 2019

The 2018 – 2019 Annual Review and Planning Workbooks

"I reflect on the lessons that I learned the past year, and I make a conscious effort to apply them in the new year." - Adam Robinson “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to…
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December 19, 2018

The HALT Method: Why and How to Give Yourself a Strategic Retreat

"It's no coincidence that the word 'holiday' suggests a holy day, or that the longest book in the Torah concerns the Sabbath. If you wish to advance in any sphere, the best way is to…
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