In this New York Times bestseller, 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.
Lidsky, an entrepreneur and former child actor (best known for his role on Saved By the Bell: The New Class) thoughtfully urges a greater appreciation of the world around us, based on his experience of losing his sight between the ages of 13 and 25. "Going blind is the blessing that showed me how to live my eyes wide open," says Lidsky, who inherited the condition of retinitis pigmentosa. "You must keep a vigilant watch for your self-limiting assumptions," he counsels. Lidsky took his own advice and ended up graduating from Harvard at age 19, later also earning a Harvard law degree and clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court. He tells readers not to let anyone else determine how they see themselves. Lidsky also discusses the fine line between accepting and surrendering to one's situation. Woven throughout are "fishing trips," memorable moments with takeaways; for example, he considers the fragility of plans, first demonstrated when he and his wife Dorothy discovered they were expecting triplets, and then when one of the babies proved to have a potentially fatal heart problem in utero. This master class in counting one's blessings will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.