By Mia Sherin, March 25, 2021
Michael Raymond is a jack of all trades. Ambitious law student, creative entrepreneur, committed agent, and huge Eagles fan are all titles he takes on. Habits 365 is lucky to have Michael’s invaluable skills and knowledge as a part of the Ambassador community.
After getting a Bachelor’s degree in economics and sports management from University of Central Florida, Michael now in his second year of law school at University of Miami. Despite living on the same college campus as Habits 365 co-founder, Spencer Zied, Michael and Spencer didn’t put two and two together until recently. Their chance run-in just serves as a reminder that members of the Habits community are all over, and could be right next door. “It was crazy because I was talking to Habits 365 for a couple months, I’m wearing their stuff and posting about it, and all of a sudden I meet the guy who founded the company, and he’s at UM right next door to me.”
About nine months ago, Michael started his entrepreneurial journey by founding Raymond Representation. This journey began after getting invaluable experience working for other agency’s, building up a network, and learning from the experiences. He knew he was ready to start his own company, and Raymond Representation was born: A management and lifestyle marketing agency for athletes, acting as a one stop shop for all of their needs. While Michael took what he learned from his past experiences, he also made this company his own. He shared, “We’re doing things a lot differently than the traditional agency. We’re really big on social media, creating entrepreneurial opportunities, having athletes have their own businesses, and monetizing their brand.”
Actually working with athletes whom he looks up to is still a “pinch me” moment for Michael. While he formed relationships with these athletes through his time in the sports marketing world and always joked about starting his own company, working with them is an incredible accomplishment. “It was almost a surreal feeling,” Michael said of signing on his clients. “It’s not a joke anymore, and they actually believed in me enough to sign with me and work with me.”
Michael brings this same passion to practicing good habits every single day. He sticks to a daily routine, works out everyday for his body and mind, makes an effort to get outside everyday, and his favorite: takes a cold shower every morning. “My number one habit right now is taking a cold shower every single morning,” Michael says. “I only do it really because I hate doing it. It's a weird concept, but anything harsh that comes your way after that is not as bad.” I’ll take his word for it.
Cold showers aside, Michael embodies everything Habits 365 stands for: ambition, drive, and the non-stop pursuit of betterment. “I just love the idea of habits 365,” Michael says. “365 days a year you stick to your habits, you always continue to be better every single day. No days off.”