Review: Eyes Wide Open by Isaac Lidsky

isaaclidskybookAbout Eyes Wide Open

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Published: March 2017 by Kensington
• Source:
 Netgalley

Goodreads DescriptionIn 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.

My Thoughts

If you’ve never seen Isaac Lidsky’s Ted Talk, stop right now and watch. It’s 12 minutes long, and worth the investment. It’ll also give you a good idea of what to expect from his book.

It took me a while to read Eyes Wide Open, though that has less to do with the book and more to do with my own time management skills. Lidsky writes well, with humor and grace, and it’s almost like having a conversation with him. He’s an inspiring man, that’s for sure.

I appreciated that Lidsky doesn’t hold back, but he also doesn’t fall into melodrama. He’s straightforward about his sight (and the loss of it), and then even more so about moving forward. Reading Eyes Wide Open, you really understand that while his experience shaped him, the lessons he learned are ones that can apply to all of us.

3 stars

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

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