How I Gained My Vision By Losing It - An Emotionally Honest and Inspiring New Book by Charles Sidi, Creator of BizBox

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"Sorry Charles but it's not good news," begins a new autobiographical accounting of a harrowing twenty-four hour race to save the author's sight and the insights he gains along the way that will change his life forever.

I discover something completely unexpected, something that would change my life forever..

“Make sure you lie on your right hand side all the way home otherwise your retina could further detach and cause permanent blindness.” So begins an autobiographical accounting of a twenty-four hour period in which Charles Sidi, author of How I Gained My Vision By Losing It reflects on how life propelled him to this moment as he holds his head perfectly still in the back seat of his car while his wife races him 200 miles to a surgeon in a desperate attempt to save his vision.

Under this cloud of impending tragedy, as each hour goes by, he journeys backwards via flashbacks beginning with his childhood in Manchester England in the last few decades of the 20th century as the son of a Jewish immigrant family with tight knit familial bonds. He recalls the English boarding school that helped to form the launching pad for his roller coaster ride as an entrepreneur. He remembers the mentors who supported him. As he reflects back on the businesses and projects he created with the enthusiastic ups from success and dispiriting downs fueled by disheartening failures he tries to make sense of his personal strengths and weaknesses; fleshing out insights that he hopes will see him through the possibility of a very frightening future.

That journey inward gives him new vision into what habits have helped him become successful and which ones have gotten in his way. It helps him remember how he has always followed his vision, keeping his eye on the win and helps him reframe those same habits to win this battle as well.

Finally, post surgery, as he waits to find out if he will see again, he realizes how the loss of vision is helping him define what a win really is. That if it took a tragedy to stop him he had better use this time out to some sort of advantage.

His story of self-discovery is a roadmap for others to see the possibilities even when everything is quite dark.

The book is available at and priced at $16.95. More information and reviews at

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