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How do we restore trust in not only the media, but in the process of exchanging reliable information on a mass scale without perverting the message or quality of content along the way?
I was named after a Japanese Anime cartoon character that my parents used to watch when they were younger in Puerto Rico. The characters actual name was Rayman which means, not only did they name me after a Japanese Anime cartoon character, they made up the spelling along the way. Not only is the name amazingly original it gave me one hell of a head start in this quest to stand out and make a difference online. Go ahead, “Google it”, I bet you’ll give up looking before you find anyone else by the same name. (Wait, is that a good thing?)
From Wikipedia: Harlock is the archetypal romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be earth-born or alien. In his own words, he “fight[s] for no one’s sake, only for something deep in [his] heart”.
I got chills when I read this for the first time. I am not a huge coincidence or karma kind of guy but damn. This nails me pretty dead to rights.
Main article: Captain Harlock
My parents moved to Columbus Ohio from Puerto Rico a few months before I was born. I guess you could say I was a journey man from day one. I grew up and lived a modest life on the north side of Columbus, Ohio graduating from Northland High School.
After High School I enrolled in the industrial design program at College for Creative Studies in Detroit Michigan with the desire to become a car designer. After a year in the program, unsure if I would be able to afford the next 4 years or be able to sit in a room and draw all day for the rest of my life, I decided to leave school and moved back to Columbus to “figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up”.
Shortly thereafter (March 2004) my mom and I went to visit my dad who had just moved to Manatee County Florida as the county surveyor. I saw an ad guaranteeing $36,000 a year to sell cars and figured “Why the hell not?”. I delayed my flight a few days so that I could take their sales training classes and flew back to Columbus the following Saturday. I packed all my stuff into the back seat of my 1999 Hyundai Tiburon, worked my last day as a lifeguard, had one final hurrah with all my friends and was on the road back to Florida that Monday afternoon. In one week I had gone from vacationing in Florida to living in Florida and shortly thereafter, my love for sales was born.
I was recruited from the car dealership to a local insurance agency to sell commercial property and casualty insurance. Things were going really well for me until one day they weren’t (I am skipping a few details here, but that’s 3rd date material). I ended up moving back to Columbus in November of 2009. Floundering around for a while, working misc jobs here and there, pretending to be a consultant, working at the swimming pool as a lifeguard again and I even managed a kitchen, all while trying to get back on my feet after my fall from grace.
Struggling to find a direction in life I felt lost, alone and worthless. I never gave up hope and I always knew I was put on this earth to do something amazing. I moved back to Florida in March of 2012 to chase my dream with reckless abandon. I figured if I was going to struggle and flail around in life, I would at least do it for myself. More than a year later I am doing well, building a reputation in the community as a thought leader in the world of sales and marketing, inspiring people through creativity and free thinking and I am now testing the waters with a few of my own ventures.
I have a variety of talents spread across a number of disciplines. I am an artist at heart but I am also a skilled graphic designer, writer, web designer, user interface designer, I shoot and edit video in my free time, handle SEO, blogging, social media, write a couple thousand words a week and so much more. I am the modern day renaissance man with a passion for learning and everything creative. My quest for world domination is really a shill for me to learn and explore as much of the world around me as possible without having to do it under the constraints of someone else’s corporate philosophy.
I firmly believe that I have struggled in life as preparation for what is yet to come and am looking forward to the next chapter in my life. This website is my voice to the world. A place for me to speak my mind, stir conversation and show off my creative talents. Stick around for a while, bookmark the site and feel free to keep in touch as I claw my way from nothing to the top of the world!
Question everything. Learn something new every day. And leave the world a better place for having been here. I challenge the status quo of life on a regular basis, push the boundaries of acceptability and challenge others to do the same.
I always tell people that if I had a different upbringing that I would have been one hell of a criminal. I do however, have an undying faith in people and society although I think as a whole we are on crash course to communism and a totalitarian regime here in America. I try to do the right thing when I can but we all screw up. I have made my share of mistakes and I am not too big to admit when I am wrong (I think that happened once, a few years ago).
I prefer common sense as opposed to ideological positions or fairy tale fantasies. I am a realist and that often causes people to mistake me for a total asshole. In reality I am a fun-loving guy, who loves his country and thinks that if we all did a better job at minding our own business we might actually be able to get back on track as a society.
I am extremely active politically but I hate it all nonetheless. The government has succeeded in getting us to spend all of our time fighting each other and bickering about republicans and democrats that we have been blinded to the fact that they are both power hungry beasts on the verge of tyranny and total control through legislation, regulation and observation. I love America but we have forgotten what makes this country great and that bothers me. You will see my passions and my politics through much of my work as my passion and patriotism are deep seated and endless.
I have recently set out on a quest to educate and inform others in my age group through a series of videos I am calling Raymmar’s Rants. They are blunt and honest and showcase my disbelief for what this country is becoming. I think it is despicable to see how ignorant our society has become and how blindly we follow an entire government dead set on bringing America to her knees. Throw in the fact that Washington has succeeded in getting us to despise each other based on our political affiliation and I just won’t stand for it any longer. It is my responsibility, my duty to be as loud as possible in defense of the political dependence and simultaneous apathy that has infested our entire society.
I was raised Christian and I believe in God. I believe in heaven and hell, I believe in good and evil and I believe that we were put here on (and with) purpose as opposed to evolving over time. I think there is room for “evolution” in the creation theory but I refuse to believe in it as our genesis. I have questions about the bible, who put it together, how the Catholic church was formed and on and on. All that being said, I love science so I continually question everything around me.
This leads me to ask questions like “Are we alone?”, “Why are we here?” and on and on. I am a total geek (the cool kind of course), I love physics, math and pretty much learning in general. I even enjoy learning about religion, understanding other religions and understanding the psychology of religion. I have lost much faith in large scale organized religion over the years but not all faith in religion itself and even consider myself to be spiritual and religions in my own sense. Religion is about your personal relationship with God, the rest of it is just for show so don’t even try me with that holier than thou shit!
I am always thinking, ideating and conceptualizing. The brain never turns off, hence the lack of sleep. I started out in art, cut my teeth in the world of sales and am now finding a way to combine those two powers for good in an attempt to leave a lasting mark on the world as a whole.
I have been an entrepreneur from the get-go, I used to walk the neighborhood offering to mow lawns and do random chores and had a my own paper route when I was 11. My formal sales career started when I was 20 and moved to Florida. From there my sales experience has grown and expanded to include experiences in Direct Sales, B2B sales, extensive cold calling, lead generation, long term relationship development, short term impulse driven sales, complex account management, sales training, Interviewing potential team members and more. I also have extensive knowledge of online marketing, inbound marketing and Search Engine Optimization. You will be hard pressed to find a more well rounded individual when it comes to sales and marketing.
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