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Eyes Wide Open

Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can't See Clearly
Narrated by: Isaac Lidsky
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

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 13, eventually losing his sight entirely by the time he was 25, 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 19, 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 critics, 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.

©2017 Isaac Lidsky (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Having watched my fathers eyesight deteriorate and

What made the experience of listening to Eyes Wide Open the most enjoyable?

It gave me a positive insight (excuse the pun) into RP as I grew up witnessing the deteriorating sight of my then "dad". He became an angry aggressive "father" as his pride took over his sight.
Isaacs honesty, funny moments and true depth from his soul to realise that instinct and all his other senses would give him more sight than any of us bother to notice at times.
I have become more aware of using other senses and tuning into them daily to replace actual sight with heart sight , wonderful ❤️❤️❤️

Who was your favorite character and why?

Isaac of course ! He's clearly overcome depth of sadness and bridged his sight loss into using every part of his journey through life and mind to enhance all of his other senses: hearing, touch, smell, taste... he reminds us the importance of using our Hearts to really see.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Poker playing and security escort - hilariously kind of the judge!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Heart ❤️ sight
Listen to believe it!
.....phenomenal....

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend listening to this book on Audio - it makes you appreciate when you close your eyes to everything else, just listen to what this blind man can truly see.

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not bad<br />

story waffles on quite abit but the author is a really smart guy which holds eveything together even when. I would reccomend this book nonetheless

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  • Joseph
  • 30-05-17

A massive shift in my perception

As a truck driver who deeply understands the importance of having eyes wide open, I was shocked to find how blind I've been. Thank you Isaac for healing my blindness. Learning about living heart wide open and ears wide open have been the most valuable parts to me. Thank you again. If your someone who wish they knew how to turn their life lemons into lemonade, this book is for you. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Amy E Schneider
  • 28-03-17

Jaw wide open inspiring!

So grateful for this book - time to quiet the noise and live EYES WIDE OPEN. Accountability in every action. Loved every word. Every message. Thank you Isaac Lidsky.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-17

To the Author who I am inspiring your book eyes wide open opened my heart and mind wider

I liked everything in this book and I am glad you keep it in 9 chapters because i have hope read coming up one. therefore, believe if it was more than 9 chapters I would able to listen twice. Mr lidsky I inspired your story and I am looking forward to learn from the acceptation of creating our own world of happiness.

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  • Lawrence P. Moon
  • 15-01-18

Inspiring story

Thank you for sharing you story. I was able to gain a number of insights with your words.

Having just had retina surgery, I experienced first hand the fear of losing my sight. While the surgery was successful, your story gave me strength that if something like losing my sight happened it would not be the end of my world.

I am in your debt.

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  • mg
  • 03-06-17

well worth the time.

I'm a little older than the author, which may be why many of his ideas and thoughts armoire welcome reminders than Revelations.

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  • Careful Consummer
  • 08-05-17

The best motivation book I have ever encountered!!

I have put off for a month finishing a self-published informational guide. Isaac got me to finish it.

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  • James
  • 18-04-17

More about him than the topic

I want in really hopeful and interested in learning lessons about how to overcome extreme life adversity. It ended up being mostly about his personal life in the first few chapters with almost a whole chapter dedicated to his stint as a child actor. While I admire his achievement I wouldn't list this book as one of them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-19

Self absorbed

Boring book, the author spends an inordinate amounts of time talking about his brief fame, while pretending to minimize the experience. Awful book

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  • m.raven
  • 15-06-19

great and different story

a great story in such a different Outlook under his circumstances for someone so intelligent.

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  • Gene Shoemaker
  • 28-04-19

so obvious, it's profound!

I believe mr. lidsky will be remembered as PD James of this century! His basic premise, that a life well-lived is not devoid of challenge, rather it is one where are you deliberately review your choices.