288 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.65 in
August 26, 2014
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0142181102
ISBN - 13: 9780142181102
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First published by Hudson Street Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2013LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATADeutsch, Bob (Robert D.)2013021130AcknowledgmentsIN A SENSE I began writing this book at birth, even before I had language. It is my personal story reflected upon and then turned outward as a parable for everyone, to make of it whatever they will. Yes, my story—just like everyone’s story—is unique. But if you look at your own life’s narratives and the narratives that informed them, you can abstract certain universal principles. I have done that in hopes that others would be motivated to find their own story—what I call “self-story”—and use that to evoke their own ongoing self-expansion.Many have helped me to consider and continue to create my own self-story. To all those unwitting coauthors I am indebted to you for my life—for what is a life other than the narratives that make up “I”? The impetus for this book came as a result of a process I write about in these pages: directed serendipity. I have a plan, I start enacting that plan, then the plan meets up with the world, and I go careening off in this direction and that direction depending on my own mass and velocity, seeing what excites and attracts me or does not. As a result of some writings I did, I once got a call to give a speech. Diane McArter, who was in that audience, later called and asked me to talk at an event she was organizing. It sounded interesting, so I agreed to participate. After th
From the Publisher
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.
"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 i