What if there was a proven path to success? A path supported by science and research? A path that led to your goals and aspirations in less time, with less risk? Would you take it?

Truthful and hard hitting, Life in Half a Second is the first "fact-based" formula for achieving success in life and business. Proven through thousands of studies and decades of research, it presents the five doors you must walk through to achieve success in your career, business, or personal life.

Gimmicks, mind tricks, fairy tales, and wishful thinking NOT INCLUDED. Just facts.

What others are saying

“The smallest of human beings can achieve the greatest of deeds – Life in Half a Second provides interesting ideas on how it’s done.”

- Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner

“Life in Half a Second is a powerful book in every way. Read the first chapter to see what I mean.”

- Andrew Griffiths, International Best Selling Author

“If you want to make the most of the time you have left on this planet then Life in Half a Second takes you on a journey to do just that.”

- Daniel Priestley, International Best Selling Author and Founder of KPI

“Life in Half a Second is an excellent primer - or reminder - for people in all stages of life ... those who are just starting out, or considering a personal or professional move and need some guidance on where to begin. Matthew has taken a fairy complex topic and simplified it - one of the hardest things for writers to accomplish. He's given the subject matter a great deal of thought and considerable research, and unlike many self-proclaimed experts, his accomplishments support his theories and advice, making them far more credible and trustworthy.”

- Mary Scarborough, Best Selling Author of "Guerrilla Marketing on the Internet"



More than half of new businesses fail within five years, and many of those that endure can’t seem to bridge the gulf between “just surviving” and true success. If you want to beat the odds, then your business will need Winning Credibility.

"Winning Credibility is extremely clearly written. There is no jargon, quick-fixes, no blather. It practices what it preaches: know what you are selling, be committed to it, and be honest and clear about it."
- The Australian

This book is a practical “how-to” guide for overcoming the hurdles that all entrepreneurs face when starting and growing a business. Serial entrepreneurs Matthew Michalewicz and Zbigniew Michalewicz provide countless “out-of-the-box” solutions for:

  • Winning that first major client.
  • Signing up partners and resellers.
  • Building an all-star management team.
  • Leveraging new customers from existing customers.
  • Impressing the media and analysts.
  • Engaging high-profile board members.
  • Finding investors who provide more than just money.
  • And much more.

Explained in simple and easy-to-understand terms, the credibility-building principles in this book can give your business a winning edge.



Most of us never learn how to think about solving problems. Throughout our education, we are forced to focus on textbook questions. So, without much thinking, we apply the material from each chapter to solve the problems at the end of each chapter. With this type of approach to "problem solving", it is not surprising that we are ill prepared for framing and addressing real-world problems. When we enter the real world, we suddenly find that problems do not come with instructions or textbooks …

"The approach taken in this book seeks to teach us how to frame and solve “unstructured” problems."

The approach taken in this book – called Puzzle-based Learning – seeks to address this deficiency by teaching us how to frame and solve “unstructured” problems. Based on a variety of puzzles that are inherently unstructured, this book increases our mathematical awareness and ability to solve difficult problems. Puzzle-based Learning is based on the earlier ideas of Gyorgy Polya and Martin Gardner (among many others), and introduces elements of mathematics, science, and critical thinking.



In the modern information era, managers must recognize the competitive opportunities represented by decision-support tools. Adaptive Business Intelligence systems combine prediction and optimization techniques to assist decision makers in complex, rapidly changing environments. These systems address the fundamental questions: What is likely to happen in the future? And what is the best decision right now? Adaptive Business Intelligence includes elements of data mining, predictive modeling, forecasting, optimization, and adaptability.

The authors have considerable academic research backgrounds in artificial intelligence and related fields, combined with years of practical consulting experience in businesses and industries worldwide.

"In this book the authors explain the science and application of numerous prediction and optimization techniques, as well as how these concepts can be used to develop adaptive decision-making systems."

The techniques covered include linear regression, time-series forecasting, decision trees and tables, artificial neural networks, genetic programming, fuzzy systems, genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, tabu search, ant systems, and agent-based modeling.

This book is suitable for business and IT managers who make decisions in complex industrial and service environments, non-specialists who want to understand the science behind better predictions and decisions, and students and researchers who need a quick introduction to this field.


We got numerous comments about how easy to relate to Matthew was and how inspired people were to take charge of their own goals.



Advisers were highly impressed with Matthew Michalewicz and his Five Drivers of Personal and Business Success presentation. This session had the highest average of all sessions from the PD day series and was voted the most valuable plenary session overall and the most useful session overall.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Matthew was an absolute hit at every event we had. His presentation is always delivered with passion and humour, and the feedback from our clients has been great! We would highly recommend Matthew to anyone wanting a keynote speaker.

Colonial First State

Clear and direct, Matthew Michalewicz is a great speaker who inspires audiences by sharing his experiences and providing good advice.

Rachel Slattery

Director, Slattery IT

Matthew is one of the most accomplished and sought after speakers on the business circuit who inspires audiences through his confident delivery. His message content is drawn from his vast commercial experiences, providing his audience with a relevant, valuable message in an entertaining manner.

InVenture Partners

Matthew delivered a keynote that was thought provoking and inspiring, and which set the scene for our whole conference – attendees were still talking about it on the last day. I would certainly look to book Matthew again and have no hesitation in recommending him.

CEO Leading Edge Buying Groups

Graham Dear

We were absolutely thrilled with Matthew. He was professional, on message, approachable, highly relevant, engaging, value-adding. Our delegates were exceptionally positive, and they were hard to please. Well done.

CEO, Liquor Marketing Group

Doug Misener

Matthew's presentations provide that rare mix of being both educational and entertaining. He leaves you with core messages and key take-aways that can add value to your business and everyday life. If you are looking to inspire creativity and entrepreneurship, or just a motivational boost, I would highly recommend Matthew as a speaker.

Kieran Purcell

State Manager, Macquarie Private Wealth

Matthew encapsulates the talented professional speaker who is able to engage and hold the attention of audiences at a level which could best be described as absolute. I highly commend Matthew to any organisation seeking to engage him in the capacity of speaker, confident with the knowledge he will deliver each and every time to the highest expectation!


Matthew is a fine, natural speaker and I have been delighted to engage his services for several important events. Drawing upon a variety of successful experiences, including leadership of several high-tech companies, Matthew is able to convey deep insights into issues such as the commercialisation process and work-life balance in a highly articulate and entertaining fashion.

Dr. Mike Brooks

Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide

Matthew is an accomplished speaker, but more than that, he presents with the utmost authority and credibility. He has an ability to gauge the mood and interest of the audience, and tailor his comments and presentation to suit.``

American Chamber of Commerce

His experience in technology entrepreneurship, and business in general, allows Matthew to find a way to spark interest and make a connection with everybody in the audience.

Australian Institute for Commercialisation

After hearing Matthew speak, you gain insight into what makes an entrepreneur tick, what drives him, and what motivates him as a Company Director to take an idea and turn it into a business. He speakers with passion and self belief, and above all, he is entertaining and very easy to listen to.

State Manager, Australian Institute of Company Directors

David Spear