Because of his exceptional experiences, Isaac has much to teach readers about his practical yet expansive approach to life. They will greatly benefit from his book.
In the face of great challenges, Isaac Lidsky has repeatedly chosen to take responsibility for his life and his happiness. In Eyes Wide Open, he teaches us how, inspiring us to envision and create the lives we want for ourselves. His insights are practical and powerful, pure and profound.
Few people have excelled in as many different ways as Isaac Lidsky has-and few have surmounted such hurdles. He has a fascinating, inspiring story to tell, and many practical, powerful insights to impart.
In Eyes Wide Open, Isaac Lidsky explains the powerful insight that inspired him to achieve his most ambitious dreams despite losing his sight to a blinding disease: it isn’t external circumstances, but how we perceive and respond to them, that governs our reality.
For example, fear can give us tunnel vision—we fill the unknown with our worst imaginings and cling to the familiar. But when we face new challenges, it’s most important for us to recognize the complexity and uncertainty of the situation, and to avoid falling prey to our emotions. When Isaac Lidsky learned that he was going blind at age thirteen, eventually losing his sight entirely by the time he was twenty-five, he thought blindness would mean an end to his early success and his hopes for the future. Paradoxically, losing his sight gave him the vision to take responsibility for his reality and thrive. Among other achievements, Lidsky graduated from Harvard College at age nineteen, served as a Supreme Court law clerk, fathered four children, and turned a failing construction subcontractor into a highly profitable business.
Eyes Wide Open is not about sight or blindness, it is about vision. Our perspectives are limited by our past experiences, biases, and emotions. Lidsky shows us how to confront paralyzing fears, challenge our own assumptions and faulty leaps of logic, silence our inner critic, harness our strength, and live with open hearts and minds. In sharing his hard-won insights, Lidsky shows us how we too can confront life’s trials with initiative, humor, and grace—and an empowering, new vision.
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