The 5 Second Trick That Saved This Man’s Life

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May 19, 2017

Author, speaker and SUCCESS contributing editor Mel Robbins candidly discusses why “a stupid little trick,” as she describes it, changed the trajectory of her life and shares the overwhelming reaction people have had to her first TEDx Talk in 2011, which introduced us to “The 5 Second Rule.” "I started counting backwards, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and then all of a sudden I stood up and I was like,  'What the hell just happened?'" Robbins says. One man's reaction brings Mel to tears as she reads his emotional social media message to her, saying the five second rule helped prevent him from committing suicide. 

"This was my secret weapon for a long time and I never intended on sharing it with anybody." Mel Robbins

Related: The Science Behind the 5 Second Rule


About the Video

SUCCESS Talks is a new video series featuring thought-leaders, authors, entrepreneurs and respected researchers in the fields of human psychology, brain health, relationships and more, who share the tried-and-true tenets of human achievement and success.

Running time: 22:42

Filmed April 2017 at SUCCESS Live in Dallas