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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

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.

601 of 628 people found this review helpful

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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

194 of 203 people found this review helpful

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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

119 of 125 people found this review helpful

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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

163 of 173 people found this review helpful

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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!

317 of 344 people found this review helpful

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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.

205 of 223 people found this review helpful

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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.

64 of 69 people found this review helpful

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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

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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.

89 of 99 people found this review helpful

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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

120 of 135 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • 04-13-17

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.

66 of 73 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam David Taylor
  • 03-19-17

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."

53 of 62 people found this review helpful

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  • 03-20-17

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.

31 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • 03-15-17

Mind changing - must read!

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

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Shankybaby
  • 06-26-17

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.

47 of 56 people found this review helpful

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  • lucy
  • 04-10-17

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

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Beverley Simms
  • 03-17-17

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!!

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Moseley
  • 02-25-17

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.

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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.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • G R SMITH
  • 10-12-17

It's more than just the 5 second rule

Shame on some of the reviewers! They almost put me off purchasing this book because they said it was a long drawn out explanation of a simple rule. I can't stress how wrong they are! I honestly think they just decided to write a review without actually reading or listening.

After listening to this book this is hands down one of the best audio books I have ever listened too. Mel has done an amazing job. I also love how she makes a few reading mistakes in the book, but has kept them there anyway. It adds more authenticity to the book in my opinion. Her voice is nice and soothing also. I normally get a bit bored with the narrator after a while, but not with Mel. This book was smashed in no time.

Yes Mel explains the 5 second rule in great detail, but she also gives invaluable advice based on other peoples experiences and her own. She talks about everything from productivity, to anxiety problems and dealing with stress. A must have for anyone trying to push themselves that little bit harder in life.

Thank you Mel. Very inspiring.

Gavin

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  • David
  • 07-05-17

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

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason Tisbury
  • 05-08-17

Too long

While the context of this book is quite good and I have found the actual 5 Second Rule to be somewhat helpful, the length of this recording is way too long.
The author has repeated the same stories over and over like some sort of affirmation or ritual. 1 hour would have repetitive.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Deborah Cassie
  • 04-25-17

Great tool

A great tool but seriously not a 20 chapter book. I listened for 11 chapters hoping it would shed some light then telling the same storyline 30 different ways.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • justina
  • 04-07-17

Average

Full of repetitive tail-chasing. Could serve as an affirmation tool, but as an actual piece of literature, it is a poor experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-16-17

returned it.

I couldn't get past the first few chapters. It sounds like a great big sales pitch and self-absorbed dross. It's so drawn out it feels like an infomercial. I just wanted her to get to the point.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-17

one big sales pitch for her 5 second rule.

personally I couldn't listen to this book. had to stop at chapter 3 as she said the same thing over and over. 5 second rule will change your life like it did for Bob cos he can run a marathon now and is rich. do I care ?? I found the repetition so annoying and the fact she said nothing in the first fifteen minutes made me not waste my time any further. I'll be returning this one as it's not for me. don't even care what this magical rule is.

48 of 55 people found this review helpful

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  • Brigitte
  • 12-10-17

Very little substance and repetitive

I was trying to get though this book but could only get to chapter 13. The author describes her struggle to write this book, I'm sorry but it is very evident that this book was a struggle to write! Very little substance, repeating the same story over and over again and using 150 (in her own words) social media stories and feedbacks that are supposed to bring credibility to the subject. This book is filled with "research shows" statements that provide evidence that is neither substantial or referenced, it feels like a collection of chapters that have been filled with information freely available on the internet and pulled together to suite the authors message. Watch the TEDx talk of Mel on the 5 second rule on YouTube and you have heard everything that you need to know about this subject.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Charley
  • 09-07-17

Sensational

What made the experience of listening to The 5 Second Rule the most enjoyable?

Having Mel Robbins do the narrating

Any additional comments?

This book transformed my life, i highly recommend this to anyone.
Easy to listen to and didn't get boring.

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  • Marius vd M
  • 04-25-17

miss this book at your own peril

this, I must say, as someone who consumes a lot of positive psychology material, is an amazing book.

Too often we hear the terms "hustle", "do the work" etc and that's all good and week, but if you are down and out, it's like your best friend telling you to snap out of it!

Mel shares a really simple method here to honor your greatness, do the stuff you need to do and sing the songs inside of you.

Mel, your sincerity makes this my favorite book, I will be recommending it wherever I go, 5 4 3 2 1 go.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Zoe
  • 04-28-17

Intriguing

Great narrator and read. Very well researched. Loved the real life examples. Enjoyed it immensely.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-17

truly inspirational

I've listened to many self help books over the years and i would have to say this is one of my favourites...no it's my favourite and i can see myself coming back to it for the rest of my life..
Thank you for this tool.i look forward to writing to Mel personally in 12 months time to share my story...

7 of 9 people found this review helpful