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.
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 clerk for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; argued more than a dozen appeals in federal court on behalf of the United States and never lost a case; started a tech company that sold for $230 million; transformed a struggling $15 million concrete subcontractor into an industry-leading $150 million construction services company in five years; and founded Hope for Vision, a nonprofit organization that funds the development of treatments and cures for blinding diseases. Lidsky was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare degenerative disease of the retina that caused him to gradually lose his sight. Lidsky lives in Windermere, Florida with his wife, Dorothy; their triplets, Lily Louise, Phineas, and Thaddeus; and baby Clementine.
"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."
--Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court (Ret.)
"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before
"Moving and empowering."
--Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet
"Throughout his entire life, Isaac has proven time and
time again that anything is possible, no matter the circumstance.
His story is one of true strength, perseverance, and hope--one that
we can all learn something from. Isaac's journey will encourage
many to think with limitless boundaries and go after their dreams,
no matter how big."
--Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., and majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers
"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."
--Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness
"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, bestselling author of Mindshift and A Mind for Numbers
"In Eyes Wide Open, Isaac Lidsky vividly
demonstrates how to live and lead well-empowered, aware, and
accountable. He is a beacon of true success and inner happiness,
and his vision is worthy of careful study."
--Michelle Gielan, bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness and founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research
"This master class in counting one's blessings
will stay with readers long after the final page is turned."
"In our personal and professional lives, we
can all benefit greatly from Isaac Lidsky's clarity of vision. Eyes
Wide Open is a joy to read and to learn from. It is rich with
valuable lessons to improve ourselves, our relationships, and our
--Dr. Ivan Misner, bestselling author of Masters of Networking and founder of Business Network International
"In Eyes Wide Open, Isaac captures the essence
of exceptional living and leadership through the lenses of inner
vision and aspiration. True perspective is an active pursuit. I
learned much from this book and will approach my life and my work
with my eyes wider open!"
--McKeel Hagerty, International Chairman of the Young Presidents' Organization
"Eyes Wide Open will enable anyone who
has an interest in living a fuller life to do just that. Not only
will Isaac inspire you to do so, but he also provides the construct
to pull it off."
--Jack Daly, author of The Sales Playbook