Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles And Recognizing Opportunities In A World That Can't See Clearly

Hardcover | March 14, 2017

byIsaac Lidsky

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In Eyes Wide Open, Isaac Lidsky draws on his experience of achieving immense success, joy, and fulfillment while losing his sight to a blinding disease to show us that it isn’t external circumstances, but how we perceive and respond to them, that governs our reality.

Fear has a tendency to give us tunnel vision—we fill the unknown with our worst imaginings and cling to what’s familiar. But when confronted with new challenges, we need to think more broadly and adapt. When Isaac Lidsky learned that he was beginning to go blind at age thirteen, eventually losing his sight entirely by the time he was twenty-five, he initially thought that 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. 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.
      Whether we’re blind or not, our vision is limited by our past experiences, biases, and emotions. Lidsky shows us how we can overcome paralyzing fears, avoid falling prey to 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.

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In Eyes Wide Open, Isaac Lidsky draws on his experience of achieving immense success, joy, and fulfillment while losing his sight to a blinding disease to show us that it isn’t external circumstances, but how we perceive and respond to them, that governs our reality.Fear has a tendency to give us tunnel vision—we fill the unknown with ...

Isaac Lidsky "may possess the most eclectic resume in entrepreneurship" according to Inc. Magazine. He played series regular "Weasel" on Saved by the Bell: The New Class; graduated from Harvard College at age nineteen with a degree in mathematics and computer science; graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude; served as a law c...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143129570

ISBN - 13:9780143129578

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"Isaac is inspiring. He triumphs in the face of great challenges, with grace and humility. I have seen how Isaac meaningfully connects with and touches those around him, and each of us is better for it. 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." —Justice Sandra Day O'Connor"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."—Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project“Without sight to guide him, Isaac Lidsky gives us a book of extraordinary vision about how to make best use of our talents. Read, savor, and grow!” —Barbara Oakley, PhD, author of Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential