Book Review: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins – A Powerful Technique to Creating Lasting Change

Book Details:


Author: Mel Robbins
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Savio Republic
Genre: Self-help


My thoughts:


I first heard about Mel Robbins via an interview she conducted with Tim Bilyeu on his youtube channel. Due to her no-nonsense style, I immediately bought her book The 5 Second Rule and began to read it. While I love the concept of The 5 Second Rule, and its practicality, the book lacks much of the depth I was hoping for. It is littered with anecdotes and shares a lot of social media commentary from her fans, but besides repeating the concept of her rule, it brings nothing new.


Now don’t get me wrong, I think the 5 Second Rule is genius – because it is practical, it is easily adaptable to any situation, and it is actually effective. Yet, it is not worth dedicating an entire thick book worth, no matter how useful the technique is. Also, there is nothing new added here – nothing one can not find easily via her many talks on YouTube, in a much more condensed form. I kept on reading, hoping to find another nugget of her brilliance in there somewhere, but Mel left us with only that rule.


While I highly recommend the use of this concept, you – as a reader – are faced with two choices: If you are someone who learns from reading a book and never heard of the 5 Second Rule, then, by all means, buy the book. If you, however, know the basic concept that makes up this rule, then continue to watch her youtube videos, and don’t waste your money. You already know all there is in the book anyway.


Book Rating:


3 out of 5 Stars




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 8 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.

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