Eyes Wide Open



Isaac Lidsky, the New York Times best-selling author of Eyes Wide Open, speaks with thought leaders and role models, exploring the science, perspectives and philosophies that enable us to live and lead at our best.


  • EWO-015: Daniel Pink On Timing

    19/07/2018 Duration: 27min

    Daniel Pink is an award winning author, Yale Law Grad, and former political speech-writer. London-based Thinkers 50 has named him as one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world. Daniel’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 20 million views. His latest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, dives into the important, yet often overlooked science of timing decisions.

  • EWO-014: Andy Molinsky On Escaping the Comfort Cage

    24/05/2018 Duration: 11min

     Professor Andy Molinsky has written two phenomenal books (Global Dexterity and REACH). He studies how we get out of our comfort zone, the skill to work outside of our comfort zone, and also the courage to get that place in the first instance. I invite you to join my conversation with Andy, in this episode of the Eyes Wide Open Podcast. 

  • EWO-013: Matt McGloin On Mental Discipline

    03/05/2018 Duration: 11min

    An NFL quarterback describes how he stays focused and keeps his critics at bay.

  • EWO-012: Dan Roam On Visualization

    12/04/2018 Duration: 18min

     Dan Roam is the master of visual thinking. He authored the international bestseller The Back of the Napkin, the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and The Times of London all named The Back of the Napkin the #1 creativity and innovation book of the year. Dan Roam is also the founder of The Napkin Academy, an online training session teaches you how to solve everyday problems using the power of visual imagery.   I invite you to join my conversation with Dan, in this episode of the Eyes Wide Open Podcast.

  • EWO-011: Dorie Clark On Being Your Own Brand

    21/03/2018 Duration: 09min

    Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant. She’s widely recognized as a branding expert. Her first book, Reinventing You, was translated in a million languages and very well acclaimed. Her second book, Stand Out, did just as well. She thinks about and writes about personal reinvention, recreating ourselves in the mold and in the vision of who we want to be. I invite you to join my conversation with Dorie Clark, in this episode of the Eyes Wide Open Podcast.

  • EWO-010: Molly Fletcher On Curiosity and Inspiration

    15/03/2018 Duration: 17min

           Molly Fletcher is a repeat entrepreneur, motivational speaker, former sports agent, and the founder of the Molly Fletcher Company. She is often described as the “female Jerry Maguire," as she broke numerous gender barriers to become a top sports agent to superstar athletes. In her latest of four books, Fearless at Work, Molly uses her unique experiences to help us conquer fear with awareness, work and determination.

  • EWO-009: Two Blind Brothers On Their Vision Born of Blindness

    05/03/2018 Duration: 27min

    With 100% of their profits going to fund scientific research, Bradford and Bryan Manning design, source, produce and sell ultra-comfortable designer clothing to cure blindness. To succeed you must define and pursue your own success. A deceptively simple fact, too often it eludes us as we chase successes not our own. This series highlights stories and wisdom that inspire us to see success more clearly. Bradford and Bryan Manning are two brothers who share both blindness and a vision for a cure. Their thriving new company, "Two Blind Brothers," manufactures ultra-soft designer clothing from natural fibers, for the sole purpose of funding blindness research. 100% of their profits are donated to the effort. Feel good, look good, do good--all at the same time. That's their model, and it has been wildly successful. I caught up with Brad and Bryan for ewop-009, and we talked about their thriving venture, their vision of success, and life as blind entrepreneurs. 

  • EWO-008: Jordan Harbinger On Reinvention and Conversation

    20/02/2018 Duration: 20min

    Jordan Harbinger is a gifted author, speaker, podcast host, and like Isaac, a former NYC lawyer. Currently the host of The Jordan Harbinger Show, he is one of the most successful podcast hosts of all time. A founder of the popular “The Art of Charm Podcast,” Jordan has interviewed thousands of guests on a wide range of subjects over more than 10 years. Isaac and Jordan discussed: reinventing yourself, overcoming adversity, and connecting with others to gain authenticity and meaning from communication.

  • EWO-007: Michelle Gielan On Perception and Happiness

    13/02/2018 Duration: 15min

    Michelle Gielan was drawn to the science of happiness when she quit a dream job. As an anchor of two national news programs for CBS News, she was disturbed by the amount of negativity in her reporting. So she left to study positive psychology—the science of happiness and human potential—under Dr. Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, she’s a leading expert herself, and a best-selling author. She studies the power of mindset to create happiness and forward progress in our lives.

  • EWO-006: Adam Grant On Leadership

    07/02/2018 Duration: 27min

    Adam Grant is a highly distinguished professor of management and psychology at Wharton. He makes a rigorous, academic study of things like generosity and helping, meaningful work, leadership and culture, originality and non-conformity, work motivation and success. He has published more than 60 articles in a wide range of academic journals. His groundbreaking ideas transcend academia—his work is universally relevant and important. It’s no surprise, then, that his work is also wildly popular. Professor Grant has written three New York Times bestselling books that have sold more than a million copies and been translated into 35 languages.

  • EWO-005: Dr. Barbara Oakley On Learning To Learn

    24/01/2018 Duration: 14min

    Dr. Barbara Oakley is a Ph.D in systems engineering and her work focuses on the nexus between neuroscience and social behavior. She’s literally written the book on learning to learn; she has also authored a new book, Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (TarcherPerigee). She has a fascinating story.

  • EWO-004: Celeste Headlee Talks About Listening

    17/01/2018 Duration: 20min

    Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist and the host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s daily talk show “On Second Thought.” She formerly anchored shows including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. In her new book, We Need to Talk, she outlines the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist and offers simple tools to improve communication. Her TED Talk on the subject, 10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation, has been viewed more than 12 million times.

  • EWO-003: Adrianne Haslet On The Life You Live "After"

    10/01/2018 Duration: 14min

    Adrianne Haslet is a professional ballroom dancer and a Fortune 500 level corporate manager. In 2013, she lost her leg to the senseless terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon. Adrianne didn’t miss a beat. Here’s how she puts it: “You realize what kind of life you lived, and that flashes before you, and then you realize what kind of life you want to live after.”

  • EWO-002: Jack Daly On Living By Design

    05/01/2018 Duration: 24min

    Jack Daly has been named the best professional sales trainer in America. For good reason: he has a 30+ year track record of immense success in sales, executive leadership, and entrepreneurial venture. Jack is also a best-selling author and 15-time Ironman competitor. Today he is an avid corporate speaker, trainer and CEO coach. Among other things, he teaches his readers and audiences how to live life by design, achieving fulfillment and success with awareness and accountability.

  • EWO-001: Susan Cain On Forsaking Our Introverts

    12/12/2017 Duration: 25min

    Susan Cain is a revolutionary—she’s the Chief Revolutionary of Quiet Revolution, an organization she founded to unlock the power of introverts for the benefit of us all. Her groundbreaking book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for three years, and her TED Talk, The Power of Introverts, has been viewed approximately seventeen million times.