The 5 Second Trick That Saved This Man’s Life

UPDATED: April 13, 2020
PUBLISHED: May 19, 2017
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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

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Filmed April 2017 at SUCCESS Live in Dallas. Running time: 22:42

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Mel Robbins is a contributing editor to SUCCESS magazine, best-selling author, CNN commentator, creator of the “5 Second Rule” and the busiest female motivational speaker in the world. To find out more, visit her website: To follow her on Twitter: