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Author | Speaker | Founder


Energize your conference with a message of hope, engage your employees with a sense of purpose, inspire your leaders to embrace their story.

When he was 18, Michael dropped his speech class in college and swore he would never take the stage again after a humiliating presentation. Today, Michael is a Game-Changing speaker and Best-Selling author who has impacted thousands of people with his message of resilience
From students, to athletes, to leaders, to business professionals, Michael helps people from all walks of life take personal responsibility for their lives and reconnect to their purpose. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he immigrated to the United States just before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War and is the grandson of a ‘Siege of Leningrad’ and Dachau camp survivor. Michael's master storytelling ability leaves audiences exhilarated and equipped to act on their inspiration. His success principles empower audiences to smash fears, limitations, and passive, excuse-oriented mindsets. Michael takes his audiences on a journey through his story of humble beginnings, living on hand-me-downs and Food Stamps, to becoming a business owner, an author, and a motivational speaker. He reveals how the personal choices we make, the attitudes we carry, and the principles we choose to live by, affect our mental health and performance, and determine the success of our lives and organizations. 
Before becoming a best-selling author and motivational speaker, Michael worked as an IT Professional and suffered from crippling depression. Desperate to revive his long-lost enthusiasm for life and opportunity in the land of the free, Michael committed to a series of positive life changes when he discovered a tattered personal development book in the small corner of the local library. He had a shift in perspective that changed his outlook on life and once again opened his mind to endless possibility. From there he committed to unearthing his buried dreams and helping others do the same.

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In Life, you don't get rewarded for what you want, you get rewarded for who you become!
-Michael V. Ivanov



Michael is the best-selling author of The Mount of Olives: 11 Declarations to an Extraordinary Life and soon-to-be best sellers, --The Traveler's Secret: Ancient Proverbs for Better Living,

-The Servant With One Talent: Five Success Principles from the Greatest Parable Ever Told &

-The Cabin at the End of the Train


As an author and motivational speaker, Michael's message of radical possibility has been read and shared all over the world. 


Michael is the Jim Rohn and
Og Mandino of our generation!


"I am so glad I was able to make it to the event! I was transformed by your message, I needed it, the world needs to hear it." 
-Conference Attendee

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Michael's Best-selling books


The Mount of Olives:

11 Declarations to an Extraordinary life

"This book came to me when I needed it the most, in the midst of my biggest struggle in my life, this book has been the push I needed to get to the next chapter in my life. It’s a must read."

– Maria Pena

Rated: ♥♥♥♥♥


The Traveler's secret:

Ancient proverbs for better living

The Traveler’s Secret offers an ancient story of one man’s choices—and the principles that make the difference between failure and success. In this fable about following dreams, Michael V. Ivanov's latest masterpiece reveals the journey of Agisillus, a vagabond in ancient Gaul, and his extraordinary encounter with a mysterious traveler.

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The Servant with one talent:
5 success principles from the greatest parable ever told

The Servant With One Talent is a redemption story from one of the greatest parables ever told. 

From their wealthy master, three servants received a measure of gold. To one, the master gave five talents of gold, to another, he gave two talents, and to the third, he gave one talent. This fable picks up where the ancient parable left off. This is a story about the servant who received one talent and the success principles that are strewn throughout the parable. 

1. "To each, according to his abilities it is given."

2. "A talent buried is a talent lost."

3. "Do not concern yourself with your neighbor's wages."

4. "The time is now."

5. "Those who have, more will be given, those who have not, what little they have will be taken from them."

The Cabin at the end of the train:
A story about pursuing dreams

From the author of The Mount of Olives comes an enriching story about pursuing dreams. Author Michael V. Ivanov beautifully blends true events from his personal life with fiction and allegory in an entertaining and inspiring instruction manual for better living.

From a chance meeting with a remarkable old man by the name of “Carl,” a mysterious WWII veteran who shows up on the train at just the right time, The Cabin at the End of the Train provides 12 priceless lessons about purpose, life, and the importance of perspectives.

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