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The Bravest You leads us to an extraordinary life

Are you brave? Do you follow your passions, your heart, your intuition? Or do you live your life in fear, limiting your reality? ‘The Bravest You: Five Steps to Fight Your Biggest Fears, Find Your Passion, and Unlock Your Extraordinary Life” by Adam Kirk Smith is an amazing collection to guide readers towards overcoming those fears, finding and following your passion, and unlocking an extraordinary life.

As we grow up, we have dreams to become these great people, affecting the lives of others and we begin to work towards those dreams. Then, life happens. We create a monotonous life, a life of routine, and we stay in those limitations, yet we dream of bigger and better, but we just don’t have enough time to get there. Our dreams get pushed aside while we work on the here and now.

Let’s get past the obstacles life and thrown at us and work towards becoming a braver us! What are you passionate about? What passions make you thrive? What are you willing to do without expecting to get paid to do it? What can you do that will leave a lasting impact on your life?

“Passion is and always will be the force that pushes you forward to find success – nothing more, nothing less.” ~Adam Kirk Smith, The Bravest You

Once you find your passion, you will find your purpose. Don’t limit your reality if you haven’t found your purpose!

This author also describes having hope. Break out of mediocrity and do something grand.  Use your intuition and previous life experiences plus the knowledge obtained along the way to achieve your purpose.

Create new brave habits to achieve the success you desire. Momentum will come when your passion comes from within, not from external forces. You need that drive, that grit, to keep going beyond where you’ve ever gone before.

Personally, I have found the tips in this book to be very useful and enlightening. There are many quotes within this book that I have highlighted and shared with my friends on social media. In my field of work and in my business, this book has come in very handy.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels stuck, who wants to achieve those dreams, or who feels there’s just not enough time to work on anything else. This book was provided complimentary for an honest review on NetGalley.

Keep your Eyes Wide Open even when you cannot see clearly

What do you do when you think a branch jumped out to hit you? When you’re unintentionally walking into fire hydrants? What about when you’re doing a media blitz because you’re cast for a part in a television sequel and then the program doesn’t get beyond the first season? How do you react when you’re the only blind law clerk? Or you take over a construction company and learn its failing?

This and many more are circumstances that Isaac Lidsky encountered throughout his life. The main challenge he has had throughout all of it was slowly losing his sight due to an inherited disease in the eyes, retinitis pigmentosa. He has an impressive resume of high honors at Harvard University and Harvard Law School as well as editor of Harvard Law Review. Lidsky has spent his life learning to overcome the circumstances of losing his sight and never let that consume him, living life with his Eyes Wide Open.


In this book, Lidsky shares the struggles he’s gone through and how he overcame them. He shares about how life as we know it is more than just what we see in front of us. We need to be more observant of what’s behind what we think we see. How do you do that? It is important to notice if the words and facial expressions and tone all match up. It’s important to ask questions and get reasonings behind each response. 

Lidsky goes into detail about our plans versus God’s plan, acceptance versus surrender, how to measure your success, and having your ears and heart wide open as well. When you converse with others, there’s more than what you see in front of you. There’s a back story for responses and the why’s behind everyone’s answers or responses. It’s a lifestyle of digging deeper into the responses people give you about anything.

Although it took me a while to read this book, I do highly recommend it. I’m not the same person after reading the words in Eyes Wide Open. It’s not easy to have my eyes wide open in every situation, but it’s a good practice at least a few times a day. An electronic copy of Eyes Wide Open by Isaac Lidsky was provided complimentary in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to review, Net Galley and Tarcher Perigee.