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

Brian JohnsonCEO & Chief Philosopher, Optimize Enterprises

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

Adam FridmanFounder & CEO, ProHabits. Founder, Mabbly.

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 SokolFounder & CEO, Sensophy

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.

Tools to improve your practice.

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

Greg FaxonCEO at Greg Faxon Enterprises

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 TeareCoach, Speaker and Podcaster

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 ShoemakerFounder & CEO at WeBuild

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#1 International Best-Selling Author + Transformational Speaker + Humorizer of Life.

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 TracyMind Body Nutrition & Eating Psychology
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…
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…
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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