I have heard people say never look back, always look forward as the past is in the past however, I think that there’s a lot that we can learn from our past if we know what we are looking for and if we view it in the right way. When I look at my past I see mistakes, failures, disappointments, uncertainty, insecurity, but I also see success and progression even if it did not seem that way when I was struggling. What I realize looking back and what I’m reminded of on a continuous basis is that who I am…


Although the phone was silent, its vibration at that moment seemed louder than any ring tone I knew to exist and its buzz seemed to go right through me every time it rang. I could answer it but then I would lose sight of what I was in the middle of doing not to mention the tasks assigned for the 50+ calls I had missed the day before. With each missed call I wondered if it was the 1st call or the 3rd, 4th, or 5th call and only my voicemail at that point could provide me with the answer.


Ever since I was little I have been extremely curious by nature and have looked at things from many different angles to understand the way things work. There was a book called “The Way Things Work” by David Macaulay published in 1988 that was always glued to my hand because I found it fascinating to understand everything that is behind what we see in front of us.

Through the years my curiosity naturally carried into my professional life and I have had the same curiosity about business and leadership because there are so many dimensions to success in business and…


In business we are all faced with the reality that decisions must be made on a regular basis and that these decisions will have a varying degree of impact on future events. These decisions can be small or large, activity or results focused, short-term or long-term in scope, impact individuals or impact groups, and decisions can ultimately lead to success or failure. If you think about how we define our understanding of our current condition or situation, you will often find that it is based on our understanding of the past. …


There is a saying that I have heard on many occasions, “I will believe it when I see it” and what is interesting is that this saying accurately captures the mindset that I find myself defaulting to when I am not being mindful. I mean, this is easy is it not, once you see something you can then believe that it exists. This is something that we have learned either directly or indirectly growing up as well as throughout our professional lives.

A similar saying I have heard in business is “If you can’t measure it, it does not exist”…


Everything becomes so quiet at night and in the early hours of the morning almost like a silent blanket. All the busyness of the day and the consequent noise it creates simply stops and everything else seems to become more pronounced, especially those noises that you don’t normally hear when everything else takes priority. It couldn’t have been later than about 3am and like an object breaking the smooth surface of water, a few slight noises created small ripples in the silence of the house. …


It had been a typical hot Italian summer with the frequent and welcomed thunder storm looming in the distance. You could tell it was coming not because of the clouds but because of the air that the storm brought with it. Humid as the summer months were, the storms brought with them a pleasant relief from the heaviness of the summer heat and while carrying its own denseness, the stormy air felt exciting, a little scary, and strangely comforting. …

Mic De Fazio, MA

Driven by curiosity and imagination and focused on a vision of what could be, I look to redefine the way we view ourselves, our work, and our interactions.

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