BOOK REVIEW: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

The 5 Second Rule

BOOK REVIEW: The 5 Second Rule
by Mel Robbins


ABOUT THE BOOKS (from Amazon):

The 5 Second Rule is the secret to changing anything about your life. You can use the Rule and its countdown method to break any bad habit, interrupt self-doubt and negative self-talk, and push yourself to take the actions that will change your life.

If you struggle with motivation…
If you are tired of doubting yourself… 
If you know what you want but can’t make yourself go get it…

You NEED The 5 Second Rule. The secret to changing your life isn’t knowing what to do–it’s knowing how to make yourself do it.

It’s a simple tool, backed by research, and it has changed the lives of millions. It will work for you too.

Using the science of habits, riveting stories, and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a five second decision. You’ll also meet and inspired by hundreds of people around the world who are using the Rule to achieve their goals, reach their potential, and chase their dreams.

In the book, you’ll learn the inspiring and relatable story of how Mel invented the 5 Second Rule during the worst moment of her life, when her anxiety and finances were so bad, she could barely get out of bed. Since creating the Rule, Mel has shared it with audiences around the world, the most respected brands, and people who want to make real and lasting change.

Easy. Accessible. Science-backed. Proven.

You are just five seconds away from a totally different life.

Read the book and you’ll learn the secret to creating it.

My Review:

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I’ve committed to reading more personal development books this year because I really enjoy them. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins was the second one on my list.

It’s a quick read. I finished it in less than two weeks reading just 5-10 minutes per day, if that gives you an idea.

There’s not a lot of substance to this book. It’s good, don’t get me wrong. It’s very motivational, especially if you need a little kick in the butt. However, if you’re not a huge reader, you can learn just as much about the 5 second rule by searching Mel Robbins on YouTube and watching a few of her videos.

The writer in me got a little irritated by the excessive use of the word “that”. Here’s an example of one sentence that almost made me throw the book out the window:

“The more that you practice acts of courage, the more that you will believe you are in control of your life, and as a result, the more confident that you will become.”

I wish an editor would have taught the author this rule: If you can cut out a usage of the word “that” without impacting clarity, do it!

Anyway, besides my grammar neurosis, I did think the book was inspirational and worth reading. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“You are one decision away from a completely different life.”

“It is not the big moves that define our lives; it’s the smallest ones.”

“You can’t change the past, but in five seconds you can change your future.”

Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketer with a background in the publishing industry. She is passionate about all things related to books and loves helping authors navigate the world of social media for book promotion. She recently launched the course Marketing Your Book on TikTok.

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