Mel Robbins on the 5 Second Rule

UPDATED: May 10, 2024
PUBLISHED: February 16, 2017

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What would you give to end self-doubt, fear and indecisiveness in just five seconds? Mel Robbins, SUCCESS contributing editor, CNN commentator and author of The Five Second Rule, says you that’s really all it takes. In this interview with’s Shelby Skrhak, Robbins reveals the low point in her life that helped her discover the 5-second rule and how you can build up the courage to change your life—in just five seconds.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the April 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.


  • It sounds magical, even absurd. But Robbins 5 Second Rule is backed by science. Learn how you can change your life in the blink of an eye.
  • Robbins was broke, unhappy and desperate for change. Listen in to hear how she turned it around using this rule
  • You aren’t struggling because of one disastrous decision; it’s a cumulation of thousands of tiny decisions that turn into habits.

Favorite quote:

“That same habit of hesitating, of thinking about what I needed to do that was keeping me in bed, is the exact same habit that we all have in any area of life or work, where you’re not getting the results that you want. ”

—Mel Robbins

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