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The 5 Second Rule

Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
Written by: Mel Robbins
Narrated by: Mel Robbins
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Motivational
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,609 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds.

Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

Using the science of habits, riveting stories, and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art, and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a "push moment". Then, she'll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.

It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do you'll be in great company. More than eight million people have watched Mel's TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world's largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement.

In The 5 Second Rule, you'll discover it takes just five seconds to:

  • Become confident
  • Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
  • Beat fear and uncertainty
  • Stop worrying and feel happier
  • Share your ideas with courage

The 5 Second Rule is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face - we hold ourselves back.

The secret isn't knowing what to do - it's knowing how to make yourself do it.

©2017 Mel Robbins (P)2017 Mel Robbins

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Alot of fluff but had some really great concepts

Needs more application, homework you can actually do and less success stories. but overall helped

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Could have been a twenty minute book

Mel is a master narrator with great persuasion skills. However, that is all this is. She sounds so sure of herself, so convincing that she knows the science, but she doesn't. For instance, her report on the sleep research if not just a bit wrong, but almost completely wrong.

This book has one somewhat interesting idea in it, that is it. One short chapter would have covered it, the rest is pure filler and often incorrect.

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Mixed results

The author really does a great job at narrating her book. It's the kind of performance you wished every audio book was like. She's not just reading word for word but really she's telling a story.

The content itself is mostly good, but she's repeating the same thing several times, in almost the same words. At some point I felt like she was talking to a child. There's nothing hard to understand here. I usually listen to my audio books twice back to back because I know I missed some details. Listening once for this book will be enough.

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I am inspired

What a beautiful person to share a simple concept that can change the way we think in five seconds.
I loved all the emails Mel read, they were truly inspiring.
I am so excited to take on the five second rule to change in me what don't like and enhance in me what do like.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is questioning their life or anyone needing a boost (and we all do).
By the way, I have never written a review and I read at least one book a week. What did I do, I 54321 go and wrote the review.
Enjoy the book, read Iit or listen and then read or listen till it is burned in your mind. Yo will not regret it,

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Could be written in a single chapter.

The message could be delivered in under 100 words. 50% personal story telling. 45% unnecessary fluff. 5% useful.

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Good core concept, but Mel ruined it.

Maybe ruin is harsh, I liked the concept, and sure she dragged it out... but so much she self-appreciates herself, taking many opportunities to say how she and other say she is all that. You can always tell she is reading a story and not just speaking because it actually sounds humble. Also, she generalizes, saying if you get an impulse that you want, don’t think, just count and do it... well in many scenarios that is a horrible idea (ie. Criminal acts). That aside, it’s my main point that bugged me, that and that she spend a whole chapter talking about how she just finished this course which is the real one that will change your life... like seriously, I bought this one, don’t spend twenty minutes selling me something else! With a few changes this could have been much better, but instead it made me want to steer clear of this author.

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The 5SR is forgettable but its not Mel's fault

I'm a physician and a neuroscientist, so I was interested in the science behind the book. There's a bit, but not enough to satisfy me. Mel often refers to activating the prefrontal cortex, which the 5SR likely does, but I am used to a much more detailed explanation of why the PFC is activated. My guess would be that the 5SR is much more likely to DE-activate the default mode network of the brain rather than energize the prefrontal cortex, but I'm a neuroscientist and Mel is not. I would have liked more neuroscience, and god knows the book could have used more substance. Take out some of the countless personal stories/infomercials and give me more science. You had lots of room Mel. Not scientific journal-level of detail, but a little more detailed than was mentioned in the book would have been nice.

I don't remember being engaged by the science behind the 5SR. But I do believe the 5SR process is sound, IF you commit to using it. While I was reading the book I used the 5SR quite a bit and it DID help me get going on some tasks, (and make me aware of how much I was procrastinating!) and I can see how and why it would be helpful, again, IF you commit to it. I finished the book about 4 weeks ago and the 5SR has faded significantly from my daily life. I do think old habits are hard to break and the unconscious mind WANTS to stay in those old habits, so my guess is for many people it won't work because the mind wont allow you to use it. The brain and mind has many protective strategies that we arent even aware of, and if it detects that the 5SR could put us in danger, it will conveniently and insidiously fade from our awareness. Indeed while I was reading it I talked to about 10 people who had read the 5SR in their past, and all said the same thing, it did seem to really help them while they read the book, but none of them were using it with any consistency a month or two later. My guess is that is why the book is so repetitive, giving example after example after example of those it really HAS worked for.

So, if you use it, it will work, especially with avoiding procrastination. But my instinct as a neuroscientist and medical doc is that your own Ego likes its dysfunction and unless you are very consciously committed the 5SR it will likely fade over a short time. But for those it works for, it may well change their lives...

I really like Mel, and I appreciate anyone who has turned their life around and tries to help others. So Mel, have me on your show and we can talk neuroscience...

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interesting but a little repetitive

Some novel concepts and relatable experiences but somewhat repetitive... and drags on a little bit.

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What an eye opener 👏👏👏

Learned so much hearing this book; so much so I hearing it again 🙏🏻 she is great and knows how we can change with just 54321😊

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Amazing!!! 5-4-3-2-1 Take this book!!

This book is amazing!!
So grateful for Mel Robbins !
That’s what happens we do what’s in our hearth!

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 2018-04-02

Count down 5,4,3,2,1... and do it

The 5-second rule is the moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, count down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and physically move (or your brain will stop you with an excuse). This starting ritual will help to change many of your behaviors. There are 5-second moments all day long - wake up early, exercise, clean up, organize files, pay the bills, do the laundry, don't have that drink, don't smoke, update your resume, and speak up in a meeting. These are all simple actions that can be done (and you probably had these thoughts a hundred times already). Count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... do it. This is a better alternative to sitting there and worrying or complaining about it. There is no right time or the feeling of being ready; just count down and do it.

There isn't anything earth-shattering about this advice. If you tried it and it does work for you, read the book to stay motivated and be inspired by stories of other people who have changed their lives.

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  • andrew
  • 2017-05-12

Would have been better as a motivational poster

I tried to listen to as much as this book as I could stomach, but there was just no substance. It was the same exact statement reworded over and over again a million different ways. On top of that the author likes to laugh at her quirks, at odd times.

As I'm trying to listen to it right now, the book is telling me, again, how the rule will help me, without specifying anything else about this rule. There are "volumes and volumes of research proving that it works," which aren't cited.

I would suggest skipping over this book, because the entire book is the author counting down from 5, over and over and over with fluff in between

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  • Zac
  • 2017-04-08

I turned it off after an hour.

It's a great tool. 54321 GO! It really does hijack your brain momentarily and get you moving.
However, the book is FULL of fluff. Her reading feedback from her fans about how they've used the '5 second rule' to make changes, over and over and over and over and over again is not my idea of a 'book'. It's a 'Ra Ra' rally and a waste of my time. In the end I found it annoying. The tool however does work to defeat procrastination. You can probably find a blog post or a TEDx talk somewhere that will give you all you need.

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  • Carolina
  • 2017-04-09

Disappointing

After the first five minutes you don't need to continue. The rest is just examples to support this idea. I feel I wasted my credit this month

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  • GDiosdadoE
  • 2017-07-01

unnecessarily long

it is a nice and useful rule, but I think the amount of chapters is too much for the same... it just keeps repeating the same over and over again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-04-04

Good concept but couldn't relate

They tell a bunch of stories of other people and the story is said over about 20 min per person and then says the one little instance they used the 5 second rule. It's a book with tons of filler and not much substance

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  • Jessica
  • 2018-01-30

Good concept but really annoying to hear her talk

Would you try another book from Mel Robbins and/or Mel Robbins?

I found her 5 second rule from a Youtube video of her talking about it and I applied it to waking up early. It was the only self help trick that actually gave me immediate results and I was so happy that I beat my habit of waking up late for years. Naturally I thought maybe this book would as inspiring. It is not. I've managed to force myself to listen up to Chapter 12 and find her very annoying after about the first hour of listening. The book is filled with examples of how her listeners have used this rule and not much about the science behind it or how you can apply it to yourself..and if I have to hear her say "5 4 3 2 1" again, I'll shoot myself. Basically there's a lot of fluff and little substance. I believe her main points can be summarized in an article and that a book was not necessary. I haven't gained much from it than what I already know from a quick video that she's done explaining the rule. I found the way she talked really annoying and I don't know how to explain it other than she doesn't sound humble. She sounds like someone that would talk way too much about herself if you had to talk to her in real life.

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  • L.lasso
  • 2017-03-08

Go

I just did the 54321 seconds rule, I'm writing a review...this alone is frightening for me. I think it's because deep down I always want to write, what I think and feel, but I never bother because I thought about it to much . It's simple and a small start will do, I just did. Thanks to Mel Robbins, I have re-connected within my self to force myself the "GO" push using her 54321. I recommend it to anyone, who desperately wants a change and a chance to find them self again. I totally love her tone of voice and stories she use to demonstrate her point across. The message is so clear, that I'm so glad I was listening. I hope you find my review useful, but most of all, that you find yourself doing the 54321, now Go!

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  • CKC
  • 2017-04-05

Exhorting mightily.

Good information repeated often so every one can understand. The important point is stated at the outset. A lot of everyday examples but I felt a little beaten up by the narrator at middle of the book. I think the content is important but more effective with a more subtle approach. If you feel the same way, stop for a couple of hours (or days) and return.

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  • Pablo
  • 2017-04-22

Simple and extremely powerful!

So I have about 190 Audible books in my library and this is my first full review. While there are so many books telling you what we can do to achieve greatness, this book provides a tool that truly works. I first tried it to get up in the morning to workout, and I literally was able because of this simple yet powerful tool. I highly recommend this to anyone who overthinks things and ends up not taking action. Thank you Mel, I will be passing this along.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-24

Good audio, poor content

This book is very repetitive. The rule is nice and there are few good tips but overall it feels quite empty.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-05

Lecture peu agréable

De bonnes idées dans le livre qui est mine de rien intéressant mais très répétitif et aussi une manière pour l'auteur de s'envoyer beaucoup de fleurs et de s'approprier une idée commune bien qu'efficace comme étant son invention personnelle.
J'ai trouvé la narration presque insupportable mais ça dépend des goûts de chacun, essayez avec l'extrait.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-06

1...5... Put a name on something

Generally I like this book. But it's seem like a mix with miracle morning. I don't know which one came first. I don't like the idea of putting a name on something that so many people already use everyday and said that it's MY invention I got this idea. Well it's good to share but you do not create this!

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  • Suzy
  • 2018-11-04

Excellent

Pour celles et ceux qui pratiquent l'anglais, je recommande ce livre . Il est tellement bon que je n'ai pas vu les 7h36mn passer !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-01

A Must-read Book !

She gets into great details that make everything relevant. It helps me a lot to stop being driven by fear ! I recommand it to anyone !

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  • P. Mendlikova
  • 2019-10-23

Excelent

Very well narrated. I love it and I cannot wait to put it into practice.

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  • Tasha Gadd
  • 2019-07-14

Excellent

I loved every minute of it. An excellent tool. Inspirational. Easy read and excellent connectable advice.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-07-07

great audiobook

Very practical advice and so many examples.

I still preferred the book take control of your life

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-06-17

So helpful!

May God help us remember to count and make a habit out of this rule

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  • Kat
  • 2019-01-19

a must read!!!!

loved it! Love MEL Robbins, and love when she narrates her books, she is so easy to listen to and connect with! ♡