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The 5 Second Rule Audiobook

The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

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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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    Zac Victoria, Australia 04-08-17
    Zac Victoria, Australia 04-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    328 of 342 people found this review helpful
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    GDiosdadoE 07-01-17
    GDiosdadoE 07-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "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

    80 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    Carolina 04-09-17
    Carolina 04-09-17
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    "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

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-04-17
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    "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

    95 of 101 people found this review helpful
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    L.lasso 03-08-17
    L.lasso 03-08-17
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    "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!

    296 of 319 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo 04-22-17
    Pablo 04-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    183 of 196 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia 04-05-17
    Claudia 04-05-17
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    "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.

    48 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 03-13-17
    Matt 03-13-17
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    "Thanks Mel"

    I am a stay at home mom, and for too long I have let that box determine what others thought of me and what I'm capable of, and I cared. But it was an excuse to not live up to my full potential, because I've never done anything else & I was scared to fail and confirm their beliefs. I have started a home based busines now, and I homeschool my kids, & I manage our real estate properties. We are on our way to the life of our dreams & I get to contribute in a big way. I am going to live everyday to its fullest and love with my whole heart leaving nothing important unsaid. Thanks Mel, the courage and capacity was within me the whole time, but something led me to your book, and now I have found myself, and am sure I can achieve anything.

    79 of 87 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph P. Silva, Jr. 03-14-17 Listener Since 2008
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    "the spark, the key, the push"

    I have read numerous books on success, they all say take action. This shows how

    113 of 127 people found this review helpful
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    Julieta 03-09-17
    Julieta 03-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Just an amazing boom! A REALLY MUST READ"

    I've been a member of Audible for some years now. Never had I cry during my hearing/reading time. I caught myself crying at times. Very inspiring...Mel Robbins does an excellent job narrating...it seems she is with you in the car. Just chatting. Never felt that before!! The content is pure meat, no hay...!! Beautifully!!!

    85 of 96 people found this review helpful
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  • Shankybaby
    6/26/17
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    "Utter waste of time and money"

    Firstly, I don't think this 5 second rule works always. It is trying to ingest discipline through that recital of 5 4 3 2 1 Go. But you actually need discipline to even do that consistently.
    Secondly, while I agree that overthinking and procrastination does not help with actions, being impulsive and acting without deliberation within 5 seconds are not the answers. Frankly some of the examples in the book are just silly. In fact, the fact that I regret buying this audiobook is an example on why you should deliberate over some decisions.
    Finally, the narration. Lord. I have never been grateful for the 2x speed option that allowed me to get through this faster. She sounded like my over-bearing aunt, who keeps repeating the same advice until I get out of her sight.

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    4/13/17
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    "Really drags out a very simple concept."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Needed to move through the points more quickly and make this book MUCH shorter.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Very American in style


    Any additional comments?

    The concept is simple, count down from 5 and act. It is a good concept and its useful to know the science behind it, but dragged out far too long for my liking; 7 hours! No doubt others will like this book and enjoy the emotional aspect with the examples of people putting this into practice. But from the perspective of looking for new ideas for personal development there is far too much unnecessary content. It could have been an hour or less.I would recommend this book for the concept and nothing more.

    41 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Arriety
    3/20/17
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    "Buy this book"
    What made the experience of listening to The 5 Second Rule the most enjoyable?

    This is the best book I have ever purchased, and I have purchased hundreds.
    In my opinion, until you read, and "get" this simple concept, you'll spend a fortune seeking it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lots of them, and mostly ordinary people.


    Have you listened to any of Mel Robbins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nope, Mel is completely new to me. Mores the pity.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me wish I'd found her way back.


    Any additional comments?

    My review is genuine, and for once I felt compelled to write one. It's a great book.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    3/15/17
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    "Mind changing - must read!"

    I'm putting this into practice immediately. I absolutely loved it. Great example and exercises to put into action

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Adam David Taylor
    3/19/17
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    "Extremely repetitive"

    Ok to listen to, narrated well. However there is only so many times you can listen to the same stories..."This person struggled...they counted 5,4,3,2,1 and changed their lives."

    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • David
    7/5/17
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    "Not great"

    A little repetitive. After reading a dozen self help books this was the worse! A very difficult audio book to listen to. Mel Robbins does a great job of blowing her own trumpet whilst fuelling her ego with example after example + sounds like every other 'Ted' talker.

    The book was summed up in a short chapter in 'A Chimp Paradox' when Steve Peters talks about autonomic behaviour and how you should know when to ignore or listen to your chimp.

    Just roll out of bed and don't think about it. If you want to paint it as 54321, then great! I wasn't going to post this but - 54321

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • lucy
    4/10/17
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    "Amazing and inspirational"

    I loved this book. The stories were fantastic and it has really helped me realise that I can do the things in life I want to do, 5,4,3,2,1.... Do it!! Xx

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Madden
    4/7/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I think the learning from it is simple and could be explained in a single paragraph, but the stories from people who have used the rule are truly inspiring. The author/narrator comes across so passionately right the way through and it feels like she is speaking directly to you, in an almost conversational way. On a personal note, I really like the teaching and I can't wait to start to use this rule in my every day life... in fact I just did in writing this review!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beverley Simms
    Northampton, UK
    3/17/17
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    "This WILL transform your mind, AND your life!"

    Listening to this audio felt like Mel was taking directly to me, in my living room. She's assertive, tells it like it is. She's knows what's in our thoughts; as she's been there. She gives you lots of live testimonies of this rule working. You will start to hear '5 seconds' going off in your head automatically when you're faced with temptation, like not wanting to get out of bed or wanting to eat something you know you shouldn't. I'm looking forward to getting the hardback copy of this book when it's released in the U.K. too. Anyone that 'wrestles' with making decisions or needs to change habits should get this book, today, via whatever means you can. I got the audiobook because the hardback was not being released until the end of March, and I couldn't wait. I'd been following Mel on Twitter and Facebook, so knew I had to get a copy. It deserved nothing less than 5 stars! Enjoy!!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • S. Moseley
    Warrington,, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    2/25/17
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended this book to friends, even while I was half way through. 'Life-changing' is a fair description in my opinion - provided you put it into practice.


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding book. I listened to it in one sitting, but I will listen to it again several times until this becomes my habitual way of dealing with procrastination. I noticed several spots in the book where a mistake was made in the reading, so Mel reread it, obviously with the intention of an editor editing out the mistake, however these were not edited out. If she paid someone to edit this, then she needs to get them to put this right. I would be horrified if I was to hand a voice-over file back to a client with these errors in. Mel, if you want someone to edit your future audio books, I would be more than happy to do it. You will find me on your email list.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful

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