Mel Robbins

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Mel Robbins
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Melanie Lee Robbins

(1968-10-06) October 6, 1968 (age 52)
Alma materDartmouth College
Boston College Law School
  • Author, motivational speaker, talk show host,lawyer
Known forThe Mel Robbins Show, The View
Notable work
The 5 second rule
Christopher Robbins
(m. 1996)

Melanie Robbins (born Schneeberger[2] on October 6, 1968) is an American lawyer, television host, author, and motivational speaker. Robbins is known for covering the George Zimmerman trial for CNN;[3] her TEDx talk, How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over;[4] and her book, The 5 Second Rule.[5]

She suffered from depression and anxiety and was diagnosed with ADD.[6] She studied human behaviour for approximately 25 years.

Early life and education[edit]

Robbins was born in Kansas City, Missouri,[7] and grew up in North Muskegon, Michigan.[8] She attended Dartmouth College.[9] She received a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School in 1994.[10]


Prior to joining CNN as a legal analyst, Robbins worked as a criminal defense attorney[11] and hosted Cox Media Group's The Mel Robbins Show, A&E's Monster In-Laws, and Fox's Someone's Gotta Go.

In 2011, Robbins published Stop Saying You're Fine: Discover a More Powerful You. She spoke at TEDx San Francisco about a psychological trick that she termed "the five second rule". Her talk, viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube[12] as of August 2019, launched her public speaking career. According to, Robbins is the most-booked woman on the speaking circuit.[13]

On February 28, 2017, Robbins released her second book, The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. It was the top non-fiction book on Audible and sixth most-read book on Amazon in 2017.[14] It was named Audible's 2017 Book of the Year in the category of Self-Development.[15]

She collaborated with Audible to release the Audible Original programs Kick Ass with Mel Robbins in June 2018[16] and Take Control of Your Life in 2019.[15]

Her syndicated daytime talk show with Sony Pictures Television, The Mel Robbins Show, premiered on September 16, 2019.[17][18][19] On January 29, 2020, Sony announced that the show would be canceled following its first season due to low ratings.[20]

In 2014, Robbins received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Host–News/Non-fiction.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, she married entrepreneur Christopher Robbins. She has three children.[citation needed]

Selected works[edit]

  • Stop Saying You're Fine: Discover a More Powerful You. Harmony, 2011. Also published with the subtitle The No-BS Guide to Getting What You Want.[22]
  • The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. Savio Republic, 2017.[23][24]


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  2. ^ Lois Smith Brady (March 12, 2006). "Mel Schneeberger and Christopher Robbins". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Robbins, Mel. "Mel Robbins on day five in the Zimmerman trial: "It's kind of shocking, what the prosecution let the defense get away"". CNN. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  4. ^ TEDx Talks (2011-06-11), How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins | TEDxSF, retrieved 2019-04-23
  5. ^ Franklin, MJ. "Amazon's top books of 2017 reflect the crazy-ass year we just lived through". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Big changes coming!". Facebook. Fox4 News Kansas City. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  8. ^ Rachel Baker (November 2007). "Mel Robbins Is Not the Bashful Type". Boston. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Salerno, Heather (Jan–Feb 2018). "5 Seconds To Launch". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  10. ^ Konecky, Chad; Wolkoff, Kate (2015). "It Takes Two". Boston College Law School Magazine. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  11. ^ "About — Mel Robbins". Mel Robbins. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  12. ^ How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins | TEDxSF on YouTube. Published 2011-06-11.
  13. ^ "Mel Robbins | Speaker Agency, Speaking Fee, Videos". Keynote Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  14. ^ "This Year in Books by Amazon Charts". Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  15. ^ a b Take Control of Your Life.
  16. ^ Kick Ass with Mel Robbins.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Denise Petski,Nellie; Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (2018-10-30). "Mel Robbins Syndicated Daytime Talk Show Set For Fall 2019 Launch". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  18. ^ "Mel Robbins Syndicated Daytime Talk Show Cleared In 90% Of U.S. For September Launch". Deadline Hollywood. April 24, 2019.
  19. ^ Albiniak, Paige. "SPT Debuts 'The Mel Robbins Show'". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  20. ^ "'Mel Robbins Show' Ending After One Season in Syndication". The Hollywood Reporter. January 29, 2020.
  21. ^ "2014 Gracie Awards Winners". Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  22. ^ Robbins, Mel (2011). Stop saying you're fine : discover a more powerful you (1st ed.). New York: Crown Archetype. ISBN 9780307716729. OCLC 676726663.
  23. ^ Robbins, Mel (2017). The 5 second rule : transform your life, work, and confidence with everyday courage. [Place of publication not identified]: Savio Republic. ISBN 9781682612385. OCLC 952648186.
  24. ^ "Smashwords Self-Published Bestseller List, April 2017". 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2019-05-24.

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