Alternate Title: The Universe Doesn’t Make Mistakes

Lesson from 8th Grade: Knowing Yourself > Liking Yourself | Magic Room Brand blog
Lesson from 8th Grade: Knowing Yourself > Liking Yourself | Magic Room Brand blog

It’s been a while since I’ve written, which means that there are a lot of new stories that need telling.

But today, I have an old story to tell

I was recently reminded about something that happened to me way back in 8th grade.

Something that still bugs the shit out of me today.
Something that friends that were there still don’t mention.
Something that, at the time, felt to me like the world was ending. …


A good lesson from the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Too Much Focus is a Real Problem | Magic Room Brand blog
Too Much Focus is a Real Problem | Magic Room Brand blog

By now we’ve all watched The Last Dance. At least once. If you haven’t yet, then I’m curious to know if the rock you live under is big or, you know, medium-sized. Is it comfortable under there? How do you sleep? What happens when it rains? What about spiders?

But seriously, love him, hate him, or just indifferent about him…you have to admit that Michael Jordan encapsulates all the characteristics that make human beings human. Strength. Confidence. Insecurity. Resilience. Focus. Creativity. Fear of failure. All of the things.


And why it’s the most important life skill we all need

A Lesson From My 5YO About Making Something Useful | Magic Room Brand blog
A Lesson From My 5YO About Making Something Useful | Magic Room Brand blog

“Always take away a lesson from every experience you have.”

That’s what they say (side note: has anyone figured out who “they” are yet? No? Ok, me neither).

I get the sentiment, though: No matter if you had a good experience or bad experience doing whatever you did, it’s only helpful if you took something useful away from it.

Sometimes it’s knowledge in the form of a lesson. Sometimes it’s a kickass story. Sometimes it’s a valuable and meaningful relationship. Sometimes it’s all three of those things.

Corporate-speak types like to call them “takeaways” because it apparently sounds smart to…


We all need it. We all can still do it.

“Creation” Is The New “Connection” | Magic Room Brand blog
“Creation” Is The New “Connection” | Magic Room Brand blog

It seems as if people assume we have all this time on our hands now. I mean, I guess a lot of us do, but a lot of us really don’t. Time that was usually spent on one thing is now being spent on four other things and honestly, that’s ok. Do what you have to do. It isn’t like having a full calendar means you’re doing this whole shelter-in-place thing wrong.

Wait, does it?

Ok fine, I really don’t know. But what I do know is that a lot has changed and it’s impacted each and every one of…


Raising a glass to a bumpy start

The Subtle Art of Beginnings and Buzzkills | Magic Room Brand blog
The Subtle Art of Beginnings and Buzzkills | Magic Room Brand blog

I wrote last year about fighting the tendency to start a new year with a clean slate. I stand by that.

But apparently 2020 read that blog, didn’t like it, and has asked someone to hold its beer. That’s my only explanation because so far…just over three weeks in…2020 has stepped it up and has been a pretty big a**hole.

That said, I’m pretty sure we can all step up, too.

So let’s.

Bring it on

First of all, happy new year to you. I mean it.

2020 came in and I took the opportunity to use the “20/20 perfect vision” joke and…


He knew something about success that no one else did.

Not sure? Ask Yourself What Charles Lindbergh Would Do. | Magic Room Brand blog
Not sure? Ask Yourself What Charles Lindbergh Would Do. | Magic Room Brand blog

We all try to not take things for granted, I get that. The human race has been able to accomplish a lot of incredible things and sometimes those incredible things — although always incredible — start losing their perception of being incredible.

You know what I mean?

Yeah, that was a weird opening for a blog post. Ok…let me explain.

Charles F***ing Lindbergh, ya’ll.

The original baller of ballers. The guy that didn’t have to stare fear back in the face because he didn’t even let fear look at him in the first place. Fear wouldn’t dare.

I was born and raised in St…


Remember what got you here.

Don’t Just Have One Trick Up Your Sleeve, Have Three | Magic Room Brand blog
Don’t Just Have One Trick Up Your Sleeve, Have Three | Magic Room Brand blog

I recently returned from a long weekend in Nashville, TN where I caught up with some old friends from college. They both live in California now, so they made the journey out and I drove the four and a half hours to get down there. It’s been a criminally long time since I’ve seen them so we made it happen.

So much is different now, but nothing has changed. It’s hard to explain, but if you get it, then you get it. I won’t go into details, but we laughed a lot.

Nashville calls itself Music City and sure…ok, I…


It had to be said

“Always Be Hustling” Is Stupid | Magic Room Brand blog
“Always Be Hustling” Is Stupid | Magic Room Brand blog

Yeah. There. I said it.

Someone had to.

I’m a parent, a business owner, and a lot of other things…and I’m saying that the mantra “always be hustling” is just plain stupid. For real.

I get the hustle, and how it separates the great from the “just good,” but it’s the “always” that I just can’t accept. The “always” is going to be your downfall.

The “always” is going to make you think that you have to constantly be running around and doing shit — whether it’s helpful or not. In a world where the constant hustle is celebrated, the…


Before you launch figuratively, do it literally.

Why You — Yes You — Need To Go Launch A Rocket | Magic Room Brand
Why You — Yes You — Need To Go Launch A Rocket | Magic Room Brand

I’m chalking it up to yet another thing I learned about work while not working. That list is getting kind of long and I don’t know what that means just yet.

A few days ago, I launched a rocket. No, it’s not a metaphor for another business I started or whatever. I launched an actual rocket. A model rocket…but yeah, a frickin’ rocket.

After repeated requests from my 8YO son, and repeated promises from me, it was time. We were going to build and launch his model rocket, appropriately names “Rascal.”

It’s been years since I’ve done it and I…


Gunga Galunga

It’s cliche to say that it’s one of the all-time best movies, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.

Sorry, but it’s kind of not even debatable at this point: Caddyshack is one of the all-time best movies.

We’ve all quoted that movie about 2 million times. That number goes up if you’re male and goes up again if you have ever spent half of a moment on a golf course. These are scientifically confirmed stats, so we have that going for us, which is nice.

Something new

The most recent time I watched the movie, I noticed some new things —…

Vijoy Rao

Drummer • Painter • Father • Founder of @magicroombrand • Lover of records, ballpark nachos, and bad puns — sometimes all at once. www.magicroombrand.com

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