Michael established his coaching practice in 2013, growing the team and service offerings in 2017 with the founding of efive.co. He is a trusted ally, advisor, partner, and friend to CEOs, entrepreneurs, Olympic athletes, industry-leading international educators and speakers, heart-surgeons, attorneys, students, and parents.
Previously, from 2009-2015, Michael spent seven years as a commodity options trader in the metals and energy markets.
Michael graduated with honors from Harvard in 2009. His studies focused on behavioral economics and psychology, with supporting coursework in the advanced physics, philosophy, moral reasoning, and music departments. His post-graduate education is custom designed and includes over 700+ books and 100 courses, in-person trainings, and Optimal Living mastery classes.
Along with founder Eric Schultz, Michael has also a been a partner at Relic Pictures, a NY based independent film production company, since 2013. Relic has produced award-winning films at major international festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, Toronto, and SXSW.
As a human being, Michael passionately strives to get better each and every day as he embodies his highest values and uses his greatest gifts in service to others.
Originally from Southwest Ohio, he quickly learned the skills and disciplined work ethic that would allow him to excel across disciplines. According to those close to him, this “would make him easy to hate if he wasn’t such a joyful, playful, and loving guy.” He is a top 10% Ironman finisher, a world-class learner, a master practicer, and a committed partner.
At age 15, he spent a year solo in France – living with host-families, studying at the local Lycee (high-school), and going from zero-to-fluent in French. That experience fueled a relentless curiosity for the world, its wisdom, and its people. He has since been on spiritual and intellectual pilgrimages to six of the seven continents.
Michael began publishing regular content to michaelbalchan.com in 2013. His award-winning work covers the intersection of personal growth, psychology, peak-performance science, optimal learning, physiology, habits, wellness, and our greatest spiritual and wisdom traditions. He teaches, speaks, and leads programs on related topics.
Michael is the author of Meditation: What, Why, and How to Meditate, part of a commitment to see 5% of the world’s population develop a daily mindfulness practice.
He is also the artist of Plus One Pic Notes, daily illustrations that make personal-growth playful, practical, and accessible.
He lives in Chicago with his wife and their pup.