Isaac Lidsky | NYT Best-Selling Author, TED Talker and Serial Entrepreneur
As Inc. Magazine reported, “Isaac Lidsky may possess the most eclectic resume in business. Over the years, he has been a child television star (he played series regular “Weasel” on NBC’s “Saved By The Bell: The New Class”), a Supreme Court clerk (for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg), and the co-founder of an internet startup.” The full list of his accomplishments is far longer: Lidsky graduated from Harvard at 19 with an honors degree in mathematics and computer science. He then founded [x+1], which was later acquired for $230 million. He studied at Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 2004 as Editor of the Harvard Law Review and the only student named a Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. As a U.S. Justice Department lawyer, Lidsky argued more than a dozen appeals in federal court on behalf of the United States and never lost a case. Along the way, he founded Hope For Vision, a nonprofit organization to fund the development of treatments for blinding diseases and within 5 years grew it to a dozen cities nationwide and more than $5 million. In 2011, he purchased a small, struggling residential construction subcontractor and led the development of a proprietary suite of logistics and ERM software to transform it. His reinvented construction services company grew more than tenfold in its first five years, and today it boasts annual revenues in excess of $250 million. Lidsky currently serves as the President of Underscore CLT, a software company using blockchain technology to develop a new infrastructure layer for digital marketing. Perhaps most striking, Lidsky is only 39, and he is blind. Born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare degenerative disease of the retina, from age 12 to 25 he slowly lost his sight. As his bio makes clear, however, neither his youth nor his blindness have limited him. In 2016 Lidsky set out to share with others his empowering approach to living and leading, and he was promptly recognized as a visionary thought leader. Penguin Random House acquired for publication his first book, Eyes Wide Open, and it hit the shelves as a New York Times best seller in March 2017. TED invited Lidsky to present a mainstage TED Talk at TEDSUMMIT 2016 in Banff, Canada, and it was viewed more than a million times in its first 20 days. Lidsky has been recognized for his achievements dozens of times and his leadership is routinely sought after. He has contributed pieces to and/or been featured in numerous national media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, CNN, MSNBC, U.S. News & World Report, 60 Minutes, Voice of America, Business Insider, Men’s Health, and People Magazine. Engaging Isaac begins with a conversation about your objectives. An active and highly successful CEO, he has neither the time nor the inclination to recite his many accomplishments in canned speeches. He will adapt his lessons to achieve your objectives—whether in a Keynote Address, a half-day or full day executive program, or an ongoing consulting relationship. (And if they don’t fit, he’ll tell you.) Topics Include... Eyes Wide Open You create your own reality, and you believe it. Isaac will prove it to you, sharing his eye-opening perspective of sight itself as an example. You’ll gain the vision to shape your life deliberately, with awareness and accountability. Leadership & Teams To lead is to listen. True leadership is the alignment of intentions and effort, and true success a byproduct of common purpose. We accomplish nothing alone, and we accomplish little if we cannot listen to each other. Isaac will talk you through it. Listen to him and you’ll learn to conduct a harmonious team. Motivation & Achievement In every moment you choose who you are and how you want to live your life. With this empowerment comes responsibility, complete and inescapable. When you’re beset by challenges, you’re tempted to plead with your heroes, blame your villains and surrender to your limitations. This is a temptation to relinquish your choice, to abdicate your control. Isaac will inspire you to make a better choice. Your heroes, villains and limitations are fictions you perceive as reality. Choose to see through them. Choose to let them go. Change Fear is a powerfully destructive force in our lives. Above all else we fear the unknown. Yet to thrive in transition we must find empowerment in uncertainty. Isaac will show you how to deconstruct fear’s oppressive tunnel. You’ll learn to embrace the expansive possibilities of the undefined and uncharted. Entrepreneurial Endeavor Effort without purpose is entropy. When we labor without a goal we are destined to fail. Using his successful startups as examples, Isaac will show you how success is a matter of definition. You’ll learn to reinvent yourself and create the organization that expresses achievement as you see it.
Isaac is inspiring.
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.
We would love to host Isaac again soon.
We brought more than 700 of our worldwide Managing Directors together for a week of leadership development. Isaac Lidsky closed the program, teaching us to master our reality by embracing our potential and overcoming our perceived limitations. Our leaders were captivated and inspired by Isaac, and the session ended in a standing ovation ... something that doesn't happen too often around here! We would love to host Isaac again soon.
Isaac's journey will encourage ...
Isaac's journey will encourage many to think with limitless boundaries, and go after their dreams, no matter how big.