The 5 Essentials (Paperback)

Using Your Inborn Resources to Create a Fulfilling Life

By Bob Deutsch, Lou Aronica

Plume Books, 9780142181102, 246pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/3/2013)

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Raise the bar to become the best version of you
Most of us set the bar too low in our lives, both personally and professionally. Bob Deutsch, a cognitive neuroscientist/anthropologist turned entrepreneur, has spent a lifetime studying people and found that we choose not to pursue our greatest ambitions because we feel we are incapable of reaching them. But he has also found that we are each born with the fundamental abilities to live the full, creative, dynamic lives we dream about. Curiosity, Openness, Sensuality, Paradox, and Self-Story--these are our five inner resources. Through interviews with inspiring people, including Wynton Marsalis and Richard Feynman, and case studies of personalities like Bruce Springsteen and Anna Quindlen, Deutsch shows us how to access and use these resources to open our lives to unimagined possibilities.

About the Author

Dr. Robert Deutsch lives in New York City.

Lou Aronica is also the Publisher of The Story Plant and The Fiction Studio. He lives in Connecticut.

Praise For The 5 Essentials: Using Your Inborn Resources to Create a Fulfilling Life

"5 Essentials is a book of rare insight on how to live your best life by tapping into your deep personal resources. Bob Deutsch is a wise, seasoned and compassionate companion on this essential journey to become your true self."
—Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, author of Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life
“Dr. Deutsch is an essential member of that shrinking group that we used to term, "a few wise men".  He has the unique ability to see through to the simple truth of how we think, process and build belief systems. In The Five Essentials he has brought the sum of his rich and unique experiences to bear, and captured the formula for living a truly purposeful life and maximizing our innate capacities, on the path to what he terms our "self-story".”
—Jeremy Holden, Chief Strategy Officer of Publicis Kaplan Thaler and author of Second That Emotion: How Decisions, Trends, and Emotions are Shaped
“The Five Essentials begins with a simple premise. Don’t look at high achievers as outliers. Consider them kindred spirits. Understand the strategies that worked for them and put them to work for you. You may not end up a Hollywood director or a Silicon Valley hotshot, but with hard work, you can discover your unique self-story and begin to carve out a more meaning-filled life. A refreshing take on the American romance with success, taking its iconic tales as opportunities for self-reflection. The inspirational take-away: there is a great story inside of you.”
—Sherry Turkle, PhD, author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
“The 5 Essentials will propel you to become the best you, you can be.  It reinforces a phrase I use, 'Be the seeker and be fascinated by what's visible beyond the horizon for you.'  This book will empower you!”
—Debra Byrd (Vocal Coach & Artist Development),"The Voice," "American Idol," "Canadian Idol," "The Winner Is"

"In The 5 Essentials Dr. Bob bottles up his native brilliance and eclectic intellect in a compact volume that is rich with inspiring and actionable insights for all readers.  Drawing on his life story, as well as conversations with ordinary and extraordinary people he has met along the way, Dr. Bob presents a compelling framework that will define and dramatically enhance your experience of what it means to be human."

—Jeffrey F. Rayport, consultant to global entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, author, and former Harvard Business School professor