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EYES WIDE OPEN
Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunity in a World That Can’t See Clearly
Losing his sight gave this author the vision to take responsibility for his life. He graduated from Harvard, served at the Supreme Court, fathered four children and started a profitable business. He explains how our vision, blind or not, is limited by our past experiences. Based on his experience of going blind, he shows us that what we see is a virtual reality and how we can overcome fears and silence our inner critic. His TED talk had nearly 1 mio views.
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 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.
Isaac Lidsky "may possess the most eclectic resume in entrepreneurship" according toInc. Magazine. A child actor, he 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.
Lidsky spoke at a mainstage TED Talk this summer. He’s a corporate speaker with the Young Presidents’ Organization and speaks regularly at events geared toward CEOs and business leaders around the world. Lidsky has been featured on 60 Minutes,People Magazine, CNN MSNBC, andUS New & World Reportand will be featured in an upcoming issue ofMen's Health Magazineand Forbes.com.
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