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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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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.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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,

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I now apply what she teaches

What is unbelievable, it works! I tend to not be the most patient person in the world at times. Her 54321 system works. My wife and kids laugh at me. But they have seen a change and that is what's important. Worth the listen. It is sometimes the simplest of means to diffuse a situation. We just tend over react. I smiled throughout the book on its simplicity.

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I am better off now

the most fascinating thing is her performance and how she comes through as honest and telling her story genuinely . I learned more listening to her speaking ..., the way she spoke than what she presented as "5 second rule" all and all a great book

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Transformational!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and started in chapter 1 putting into play - in real life. Thanks for a great read and gift Mel Robbins!

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BUY THIS BOOK NOW

I still have an hour and a half left in this book but I can't say enough about it. I was a consistent snooze button pusher for my whole adult life and Since reading this book I haven't hit it once! I am 5-4-3-2-1ing myself to do soooo many things that I would normally continually push off. I can't say enough about this book and once I get my next credit I will be buying Another Mel Robbins book for sure.

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Simple idea but so effective

Great book, highly recommend for people who just need a little extra kick to get out of the habit of procrastination, and second guessing yourself. Help your mind get out of it's own way with this technique.

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  • Zac
  • Victoria, Australia
  • 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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  • 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

244 of 258 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 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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  • Ivan Blanco Vilar
  • 2018-08-22

Just do it!

Take in the advice, test the rule, either it transforms your life or you tried

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  • CPiette
  • 2018-07-23

Taking story-telling to a all new level

A well balanced inspirational book backed with just the right amount of science to help you understand the mechanic of the brain... I strangly recommend !

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  • Amandiiine
  • 2018-07-17

Tout se joue en cinq secondes

Lecture instructive bien que répétitive. J’ai commencé à utiliser la règle des 5 secondes et j’en suis satisfaite.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-03-27

Inspirant !

Point très positif : le livre est lu par l'auteure et elle le fait très bien.
Si l'idée de fond du livre est très simple, le livre est bien conçu, avec un travail intéressant de recherche de la part de l'auteure.
En point négatif principal : il y a trop de témoignages, la plupart sans grand intérêt.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-01-12

Life changing.

Thank you Mel Robbins, this book was an eye opening, life changing experience. One the best books I've ever read in my life.

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  • champi
  • 2017-09-07

Nice but a little long

The book is nice, the rule is pretty useful.
Once you grab the concept the rest of the book is just motivation speak.
Now, 5 4 3 2 1 go do that thing your are always thinking of doing

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2017-08-24

Good book!

Finished the audio version in 2 days. Pretty addictive. Good delivery by Mel, as usual. Will read again.