Isaac Lidsky – Seeing Shouldn’t Always Mean Believing: How to Make Better Life Choices by Changing Your Perspective (AoL 102)

In the last session with Jeremy Miller, something stuck with me. In fact, it stuck so well that I used it as the trailer for the chat. He talked about the fact that if you go through life thinking a certain way, particularly that everyone is out to get you, then you’re going to lose out on opportunity.

He’s totally right. But I think it goes further than that. I think it goes as far as ANY limiting beliefs will prohibit you from having amazing opportunity. Especially after having the chat with today’s guest.

At the ripe age of 13, he was told the news that he was going to eventually lose his site. At the time, he had recently landed a part on a popular kids’ sitcom: Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

It was soon after this, however, that he would soon change things up dramatically. He would trade in his acting career to go to Harvard and major in Mathematics.

He would then go on to help start a successful business, become the law clerk for 2 supreme court justices, and take a struggling construction and make it worth 10x as much. Then he would go on to write a book that has become a New York Times Best Seller and speak at TED.

In this session, Albert Winks and I go “behind the scenes” with Isaac Lidsky.

This session isn’t our normal format. In fact, you can think of it as a continuation of other interviews that Isaac has given. In it, we find out the answers to more “meta” questions.

Was it easy to jump from one career to the next? How did resurface in the public eye as a TED speaker and make a very successful first book? How he believes he was able to grow his construction business to the size it is today? Is it important to have people in your life that have “been there before”?

Thanks for spending some time with us and enjoy!


  • How’d Isaac get started in acting? 9:27
  • Why did Isaac leave Saved by the Bell? 10:59
  • Why did he start studying mathematics at Harvard and did that degree lead into his first company? 12:31
  • How was going blind at an early age so beneficial to who Isaac is today? 19:53
  • Does he believe that it takes a severe hardship for someone to take inventory of their lives? 24:42
  • How did Isaac realize that fear distorts reality? 26:51
  • When did he determine that he wanted to inject what he had learned about how he saw the world into other people’s lives? 31:12
  • What are somethings that Isaac thinks about as his kids get closer to school age? 34:38
  • How was he able to grow the construction company by 10 fold? 39:22
  • How can someone help foster culture in a company they’re in? 42:39
  • Did he get to pay his mom back for the loan she made for him to rebuild the company? 45:12
  • How did Isaac become a TED speaker and appear on the different platforms he’s appeared on after being pretty much out of the limelight
  • for a number of years? 46:22
  • Does he have any tips in choosing a publisher? 49:46
  • What are some influencers that have helped Isaac to where he’s at? 51:45
  • Is there anything he wishes was still a thing from the 90’s? 52:47
  • What’s a basic life skill he’s shocked people don’t have these days? 53:25
  • What’s something he believed as a 20 year old that he believes is completely inaccurate now? 53:42
  • What’s it mean to Isaac to live a life of abundance? 54:12
  • … and MUCH more!

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Isaac on The Doctors:

Isaac’s TED Talk:

Isaac’s YPO Presentation in 2016:

Isaac as Weasel on Saved by the Bell:

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