Robert Siciliano Q&A
YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY?
My business revolves around security awareness which is the process of changing peoples behavior in their responses to threats perpetrated by predators and thieves. What I do is help people take personal responsibility to protect their family, lives, privacy, data and possessions. Greatest accomplishment is preventing harm in people’s lives.
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU?
As early as the ag of 12 I was a victim of a multiple attack situation. This singular event woke me up to the existence of predators. Shortly afterwards I met a young woman who confided her sexual assault victimization to me which had a profound effect on my life. In my early 20’s my small business was hacked. These significant life changing events shaped my view of the world.
DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX?
Family is of course a major focus. Spending quality time with family when on our boat on the north shore of Massachusetts is often the closest I come to bliss.
WHAT’S THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE YOU’VE DISCOVERED WHERE YOU CAN GO TO CHILL OUT?
The skyline of Boston from Boston Harbor is one of the prettiest and most comforting environments in my life. The Boston Harbor islands all the way to the Ipswich River provide a grounding feeling of success.
DOES PHILANTHROPY PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR LIFE, TO WHAT EXTENT AND HOW?
Annually I run the Boston Marathon for charity. For seven years now we, which includes my wife, children, friends, family and colleagues have raised over 65k for Boston Children’s Hospital and MR8.
WHO IS ON THE GUEST LIST FOR YOUR IDEAL DINNER PARTY, PRESENT OR PAST?
I’m a big fan of my Dad. My wife is much friendlier than I am and people love her and I wouldn’t have a dinner without her. I have a lot of respect for innovative people such as Benjamin Franklin. Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio are my two favorite actors. Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin shaped my view of music. I have a lot in common with Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga. And it would be amazing if the Obamas showed up.
CAN YOU OFFER ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OUR READERS?
A few phrases I heard along the way that shape my daily routine are “we become what we think about” which forces me to curate my consumption of information and determines who I become. Pay attention to your intentions because sometimes your intentions might be triggered primally. Live consciously, because that means being thoughtful. And “is what I am doing taking me closer to or further away from my goals because it’s easy to screw off and I need to keep myself in check. And if I’m listening to what my wife has to say, “just be nice”.