The 5 Essentials

The 5 Essentials

Using Your Inborn Resources to Create a Fulfilling Life

Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781594631221
  • 288 Pages
  • Hudson Street Press
  • 18 and up


Raise the bar to become the best version of you—and have fun doing it

As a cognitive neuroscientist, anthropologist, and entrepreneur, Bob Deutsch has spent a lifetime studying people. What he has found is that most of us set the bar too low in our lives, both personally and professionally. 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 life we dream about.

Filled with great stories and interviews with inspiring people, including Wynton Marsalis, Richard Feynman, and Anna Quindlen, The 5 Essentials opens the door to a way of being more alive than you have ever been.  In this compelling book, Deutsch shows us how to access and use our five inner resources — Curiosity, Openness, Sensuality, Paradox, and Self-Story – to open our lives to unimagined possibilities. The 5 Essentials will appeal to readers of The Element and The Tools.
The 5 Essentials

The 5 Essentials

Bob Deutsch Ph.D., Lou Aronica



“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