Here’s a small sample of unedited conversations from employees who have opted-in for x10 thinking …
• Your thinking lessons are quite addictive. The most enjoyable and worthwhile use of the internet I have yet experienced.
• Without any doubt whatsoever, CVSTOBVS combined with 10X is just about the most powerful concept I have ever come across. When I first read about this concept, it was like a very bright light switching on in my mind. I intend to make this a permanent part of my everday life.
• Your training has given me a new view on life, a constant reflection on what’s going on. Have always been fairly positive and focused but this has heightened or re awakened this passion. Thanks for a sensational journey. Can’t believe the impact it has had on my thought patterns.
• I have enjoyed every minute that I’ve worked with your material, Michael, and benefited more than I can measure
• This is just damn fine writing! No wonder Edward de Bono is pissed off! This is playful, fun, imaginative, compelling, current, and in the lingo of our times. It runs circles around him in three dimensions. Bravo!
• SOT has given me something to look forward to every day. Like a bonus in my life.
• Just learning about CVSTOBVS has been incredibly empowering… To me this is a genius formula, because whatever level I am at (CVS), I can always move toward a BVS, this is incredibly exiting, particularly when combined with the 10x formula.
• I am overwhelmed with the structure of the thinking in this lesson and it’s outcome. The beauty of its practicality. Your lessons are superb. The speed is going up and so is my feeling about life in general. Your lessons are opening my eyes in a way I didn’t expect. I am looking forward to the next.
• I changed the way I start my day at work and work back to front, by changing the order of the work. With this experiment I will see if I can fit everything in.
• The most important thing in this training is that it teaches you the behaviour of increasing customer contact as an alternative to closing the sale’. This takes the pressure off the customer. At the same time, the more customer contact, the more chance of people saying YES to what I’m selling.
• Since our sales are down and we are thinking about different sales campaigns l will go through our database and see who the most potential people for buying our product are and instead of just limiting the number to about 20 – l will x10 and endeavour to get about 200.
• The last two months have enlightened me in a way that is both amazingly practical and ‘dangerously’ clever. I have to admit that the businesses I work for are most surprised with my increased thinking power. Not to mention my personal life which has developed radical new insights and possibilities.
• Here are some of my results: 1) A stronger measurement of productivity. My email and phone statistics have increased. 2) I am more accepting of other people’s opinions. I allow others to have opinions that differ from my own. I am much less argumentative. 3) I have become much more participatory in Toastmasters. Through my repetition of participation, I am improving my public speaking skills. 4) I don’t get stuck in my CVS nearly as often as I used to. I have been transforming my CVS to a BVS with effectiveness. 5) I have a better understanding of why people are the way they are; i.e. PTV. Hence I am much more accepting of other peoples traits.
• I would love to continue to get as much knowledge from you as I can. I also ordered your book but unfortunately have not received it yet. Your course has really changed the way I think and do things and brought me into a great turning point in my professional life. Thank you from the deep of my heart
I’m a copywriter and forever looking for new angles on the same old stories, so I can easily see how applying CVS to BVS would be very useful. Today, I’m in the process of writing some direct mail letters for a large company offering a pretty standard service – I’ll use the old CVS to BVS for that.
I also used it (quite successfully) in the car today when I was just about to have a little go at my husband for something he did in the traffic – I used CVS to BVS to see that he (instead of being distracted and not seeing something coming up) is a very capable driver with very quick reactions – able to get himself out of sticky situations! Inge
Well, good friends…. I see you as a highly intelligent person with his heart at the right place. The method you have developed is an excellent way of empowerment, it cuts the crap from the real issues and is a perfect way of leading ones life now and in coming years.
Indeed, the feedback replies are those things that keep one on track. As speaking for myself, I didn’t experience the feedback replies as ‘a pain in the arse’ for me it was more a delight and I was somewhat disturbed by your halt on the lessons in the week of the Bali-bombing. Yes, it was a horrible act of terrorism and needed to be cared for in terms of overthinking and mourning but for me, being on the other side of the world, it wasn’t such fortitude as it was for you so a few more explaining words for your international students on the subject would have been useful. Then again, I can fully understand your reaction to the happening and that it was important to you, as my mentor, to stop and continue one week later (very honourable time of mourning.) Respect.
I ate your lessons with great enthousiasm and feel that already now I pick the fruits of this seven week labour.
So, good friend, you are probably laughing out loud for me taking this so serious, and you may, I found the last weeks an enjoyment and I will stick around. Whenever you need help, I am great in serving coffee, send me an e-mail. I feel honoured to have met you. Wish you lots of succes with this training program (Of which I will tell people I think they would be interested and good students.) Have a mighty great day!
It is like good journalism, perceptive cultural anthropology. I am dazzled. Hot stuff! It has “Wild Success” written all over it.
Now I can do 10 extra tasks…make that the BVS rather than the CVS which was 1 extra task. I used to feel satisfied with 1 extra and proud, smug, superior and or a winner if I did 2 extra. Thanks.
The confidence that it is possible to X10, and the BVS, and the 24/7/52/365 meme, and that if you constantly use it with the ‘I will achieve attitude’ you will do as good as is humanly possible! From now on, that’s my bottom line!
I am very grateful for your support. I will live this to my last day, happy in the knowledge that through you, I am better able to help others in a worthwhile way! Thank you Michael Gordon Rogers
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am employed with dual responsibility as the Assistant Controller and IS Manager for our company Head Office. I am looking forward to this course as my friend has just completed the training and cannot say enough good things about it. Sincerely, Kerri Mattice Decarie
Hello Michael I’d be delighted to be enlisted in your X10 Club – I’m intrigued by the simplicity of your X10 concept, while attracted by its potential in many aspects of life. It’s to your credit that you have identified this multiplier approach- your book makes fascinating reading. One advantage is the mindset that the formula creates and the actions that seem to flow from that mindset. Please count me in. Regards Fergus Thomson
The most staggering realisation I’ve received in this lesson is (to quote): “If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.”
To me, this is an absolutely (with apologies for this word!) mind-blowing concept, because it makes me realise that nothing is sacred. Knowing anything is really just a matter of time. Its no wonder that people are now writing books with ambitious titles like “The Mind of God”!
Science is uncertain. It is this very uncertainty that has eclipsed the “Absolute Truth” way of knowing, and made possible the tremendous progress the human race has made. I love this! Its such a powerful and exciting new concept for me. You know, I’m a science (marine biology) student myself, but I’ve never really thought of science in this way. I’ve always known that science is not based on absolute truth, and there is no such animal. I’ve always known that there are truths in science, but there’s no absolute truth. And I’ve always known that nothing can be proved in science. But I’ve never quite seen science in the way you’ve expressed it.
Why is this so exciting for me? Well, when I look around, I see just how most of us, even in the sciences, never really think the way we should. Professors who don’t want to teach, much less learn. Students who don’t ask questions and just copy each other. We all want to just “survive”, just float our way through what we have to do, and get it over with. We all want to look for the “safe” topics to investigate, the ones we know we’ll get funding for, the ones we know we can get data for easily, and the ones that will allow us to publish our papers (maybe 2 or 3 papers each year), so our peers can respect us. But do we respect ourselves in the end? I think not. I KNOW I WON’T, no matter how many papers I eventually publish, if all I do is “me too” work. Because why crawl when you can walk? Why walk when you can run? Why run when you can ride? And why ride when you can fly?
We often let ourselves down. We lament that standards have fallen. (And they have, because we’ve let them fall). We lament that people like Einstein, Watson and Crick, Schrodinger, Darwin, etc are rarities. But if we all applied ourselves as diligently as they did, what we could achieve would probably make the concept of “genius” redundant.
It is not just in the sciences where many people play it safe (though this is probably the saddest area of all). But in much of our everyday life we abdicate our claim to intelligence. We believe everything we read in Time magazine. Accept all we see on CNN. Agree completely with Larry King’s or Oprah Winfrey’s opinions. We have outrageous opinions foisted on us by manipulative people through the media, and we enthusiastically swallow them. The absurdity of it never hits home.
That's how most us live. We let our own biases and the biases of those we like or we allow to manipulate us get in the way of finding a better truth. So much so that when we’re confronted with one, we cannot even recognise it! Thank you, Michael. Its people like you who remind us we could be so much more than we are now.
I will consider it my duty and responsibilty to be informed. I will make it my duty to read a lot. Read not just the news or my own speciality, but whatever I find of interest and importance – politics, history, science, literature, biographies, etc. In addition I will use resources such the internet to learn. Only someone armed with knowledge can counter challenges.
Second, I will learn to stand up for myself and question authority (defined as any other person or group’s attempts to control me). I will not abdicate my right to think. I will not just acquiesce to the Boss because I need a job, or succumb to the intimidations of a Government officer because of threats, or accept the opinions of a professor simply because he has written 2 dozen books and 50 papers. My opinion is as worthy as anyone else’s. And authority figures are as human as I am. If Martin Luther could stand up to the Pope (an unthinkable thing back then), I can surely learn to think for myself. Third, everywhere, and in all cases, I will learn to think for myself. Go Mohammed!!
Dear Michael, For me, the most important thing is that the course has expanded the context of my thinking……it has given me the tools to reach for my goals with a expanded horizon and act on my fears and worries…..see you in a few years’time !! Jacques
Hi Michael Thanks for the invitation. I always thought something was missing, something that could propel me into a more meaningful future, but I never new what it was until your daily breadmails came along.
I have tended to under achieve in the past but I am trying to change that now, what would be great is to continue growing and expanding on what I already learnt from you by continuing these daily mails from the X10 club.
Maybe it’s to late for this old dog to learn all the new tricks but I really want to make a difference to my kids, I want them to learn how to think by using your brain software, hopefully with the doctor close by we can keep the Plato virus at bay. Richard
I enjoy the challenges you present; moreover, your way of thinking expands my own approach and gives me the sense I’m not alone out here. Thanks. Suzy Saul
That the course increased my confidence in my ability to deal with business and life issues I face. thanks Michael Ian
Hi Michael, Would indeed like to be considered for membership in your X10 Club – Why? Because life is short. and since i’ve started corresponding with you – my thinking has been put into practice/application fantastically successfully…I want more !!! Thanks A Million By The Way….. Suni
Dear Michael Thank you for the internet course in speed thinking. Though I am probably one of those who hardly ever provided feedback, I enjoyed reading your material, particularly as it covered a wide range of topics.
Since commencing the course, I have recommended it to several people, some of which already knew about the school of thinking. As long, as this “awareness virus” spreads, there is hope for a future change in thinking… Kindest regards Constanze
Dear Michael, This exercise comes at a good time, because I am seeking ways to raise income(either by employment or a business) and I need to enhance typical methods of search. During the next ten days I will: 1. Develop 10 different cover letters and send out to various types of businesses. 2. Talk with 10 different people about employment opportunities in this area for a person with my background. 3. Look at 10 career choices that I could make outside my field of experience. 4. Line up 10 interviews. 5. Compile a list of 10 businesses I could start on my own. 6. Work 10 hours a day on these various searches and contacts. 7. Look at 10 different ways to fund my own construction project. 8. Contact 10 employment agencies to find work here or abroad. 9. Narrow my list of possibilities to 10 of the strongest. 10.Develop my next list of using 10 for the next 10 days. Thank you, David Holst
To keep questioning myself and others around me, assessing my behaviour and to never assume that best solution has been reached – there’s always a better one, no matter how good the current view is. Thanks Michael, I have found this course extremely interesting and challenging. Regards, Kellie (sales manager – primary customers)
PTV has a huge influence on our behaviour and most of the time unnoticed by us. We learn from the childhood onwards how to sort and classify things and how to put them into their appropriate boxes. We even try to classify human beings (including ourselves) to put them into categories (star signs, psychological tests like MBT) and we believe them and unconsciously use the syllogism. It suits our nature to have everything in order not to allow any fuzziness and chaos, because order gives us security. Reading this lesson it came clear to me how much I myself tend to think in this “box-pattern” without noticing it and how often this leads to the judgement of something that might have been different otherwise and that is an insight! Steph (businesswoman)
Michael, this is so interesting, I like the way you put your teaching into stories with a slight touch of humour!! Regards, Luana (young knowledge worker)
The most important insight for me is the history/reason why most of us think and act the way they do. I had never really considered the impact of Plato and the others in any detail before. It has opened my eyes. Kind Regards, Bruce (businessman)
Thank you for your wonderful book! My life has already changed from the course I did with you. My interaction with you this year has been one of my highlights. All the best, George (home appliances)
Michael, I have already been rewarded by gaining valuable insights into the way in which I think, and now have a sound framework for considering and practicing things in the future. The information and insights in your daily breadmail lessons have been my greatest reward, and I really do appreciate your sharing this with anyone who is interested in improving their thinking. Thank you Michael.
I also intend to go out to dinner with my wife and recap the important lessons I have learned (something we did together throughout this course…so she has also picked up quite a bit of the valuable insights). Kindest Regards, David (government officer)
I have re-learned the art (and practise) of thinking through and questioning things that are part of normal life but that I accept as being CVS. I have also rekindled the PRR habit, which is very different from just thinking that I am doing it!
Thanks very much for the course I enjoyed it and found it a big help. The PTV idea was challenging but also an eye opener… Will certainly pass it onto others to complete….keep up the good work… Bev Durston Portfolio Manager
1. what I lacked ( I now perceive ) was system , the training provided has empowered me to achieve my objectives professionally and personally. By utilising tools and disciplines which are a lot more powerful , a lot more fun and less onerous than the head butting defence of my perceived truths I have made more gains in the last months than I have for a very long time.
This assistance has been a revelation , now by applying it in a habitual manner I look forward to a lot more revelations becoming evident – many thanks. Don. Good luck
The one thing from these lessons that sticks in my mind is CVSTOBVS, there is always another way to look at a situation or perform a task. I know now if I find myself seemingly at a dead end, I have running around my head all the time now CVSTOBVS, is there another way or something I have not tried yet, keep looking for alternatives.
I was looking through some old CD’s I have and came across an electronic library, it included a lot of works from Plato and other writers you mentioned over the last 7 weeks, I thought I know that name, where as before I would have skipped over it, maybe I might get a chance to read some of them for myself one day.
Thanks for the last 7 weeks daily mails, I have really looked forward to getting them each day and found them very interesting to read. I have been looking for a key to turn my head into something more useful, I think I have just found it with your brain software. Cheers Richard
I know look at things closer, looking for alternatives, ramifications to both myself and those around me. I feel that I have made better, clearer decisions over the past couple of weeks, and don’t rush at life like a bull at a gate as much as I did. I am stopping to smell the roses and enjoy the small steps along the way, to achieve my longer term goals. Thanks again Michael. Janette
Thinking is not an automatic thing. I takes deliberate effort. The most valuable concept for me was the ongoing mindset of taking the current view situation(CVS) and continually moving to a better view situation(BVS), and doing this in a never ending cycle. It’s simple yet elegant. Thanks again and good luck.
A new and fresh way to see everything. The new perspective you have provided me is invaluable. And your lessons — contents, tone, mood, writing — are extremely interesting. I’m sorry the course has come to an end. My next step is to buy your books. Thanks for everything. Have a happy life.
Thanks you so much!! It was very kind of you to take the time and effort to give us a free course. It was very worthwhile and I have saved many of the emails for future reference. I hope you keep us on your email list and let us know of any international touring you do, ie, if you are ever presenting in the Washington, DC area I would love to attend. Thanks again, Michelle James
Dear Michael, I now have much more enjoyable arguments with people because I am not trying to defend my own point of view as much. I can also annoy my girlfriend by suggesting that she try doing a CVS to BVS. Regards, Nigel
I think that the most important thing that I have taken from the training is the use of cvstobvs. I see that there is much to be gained when one makes the decision to search for a bvs I try to use it regularly and as I said earlier I do the repetitions cvstobvs when I am doing my morning jog. Regards, Ken
I thank you for the opportunity to do this course. It reinforced for me many of the memes developed in your Newsell book and Software For The Brain. Each day I find myself using CVSTOBVS with results that have been noticed by others around me. Health, work and family life have all benefited. My efforts also to X10 my work practises have been paying off (whilst no X10 yet, things are on the way). Thank you again. Hope you enjoy the Christmas Season and have a good New Year! Tony (IT sales)
The most important thing for me is that I will never become afflicted with PTV as long as I live. And amazingly it cost me nothing to become “virus free”!! Michael I have enjoyed your lessons and our conversations and hope that we will meet in the future. Your contribution to your students and to learning cannot be overstated and will certainly change our lives. Best Regards Tony Chew
I am stuck in this CVS at the moment because it is a role I am employed to perform, it is not a positive or good place to be but I am well aware that when I do get through it, and am able to move onto another role I will be better for having had the experience. This level of awareness of my CVS and future BVS is what has me extremely focused on learning as much as I can while here, and ensuring my personal development is progressing even if this ‘job’ isn’t.
Negative thoughts – I used to have one negative thought and it would grow and grow! These thoughts coloured other areas of life and work. I had to make a concience choice to change this pattern of thinking. Now I can examine the negatives and spin it around to find positives – all negatives have a up side but sometimes it takes effort and time for it to be revealed
I have been asking myself that question for some time and have never settled on an answer. The way I see it, the most important thing is to keep asking myself the question.
Embracing the Challenger Sale model
To borrow from a famous Einstein quote; The definition of insanity is thinking the same way over and over and expecting a different result
That there is a set way of working – a set kind of employment situation, or employer, that will define my career. My bvs is that I can work in any way, for any one (including myself) I like. It can be paid or unpaid… there are many ways to work and expand my career, and limiting it in the traditional sense is just that – limiting.
I can organise my day betetr to enable a more efficient use of my time
“Knowingly” and “Actively” thinking so not to get “bogged down” by the group think of “this is the way it has always” been done.
Try to see the bigger picture and not getting bogged down in the minor details.
This is a bit like stepping outside your ‘comfort zone”. I think agreeing to do this ‘thinking course’ was my most recent idea I have risen above. Perhaps normally I would not worry about such a course, but to take this on, is a small step forward here.
I have a long held view for a particular change that is starting to materialise, with that materialisation, I am challenging that “long held view” to ensure that the cvs2bvs is indeed true.
Never lose sight of the fact we can always improve ourselves and can learn something new everyday even though we may think we know it all.
i will think of deleting Clash of clans … so far i have enjoyed playing that game … now thinking about deleting is a big ‘something else’ for me as it will destroy the empire i have established but on the other hand it will save me a huge heap of time to do something more meaningful going forward
sometimes its hard to go outside your comfort zone and try new things…….will work on rectifying this!
I was thinking to apply my managerial skills to my personel finances. The core idea I have risen above is you are destined to be doomed. I have escaped from the box of Always expecting the worse to happen. My cvs to bvs is realisation that, Look at the bvs and work towards that from cvs.
Looking at all of the possible answers before deciding on a particular course of action. Considering other alternatives.
Rehearse my thinking skills and see where I can improve them
great optimistic view. The future can be brighter or better depending on our view or what we want the future to be. To be optimistic, the future ‘is’ better than the current.
Too busy during my working day for mind games.
To make a difference….even if that means making a difference to just one other fellow human being or one other living creature!
Skilled thinking can be taught – There is always room for improvement, even within ourselves
Changing the way I think , moving from not so much negative to positive -more of a different approach. Being more mindful in my everyday view of life.
Get to know your staff, develop your staff, and counsel and coach your staff
“Brainpower” is an interesting term. I get the thinking with these question, however the scoring is so flawed that it has no meaning. I guess it is an attempt to place a stick in the sand to gauge improvement. Even though I scored myself high the reality may be that the capacity in my thinking is no different than someone that assessed themselves with a lower score. An extemely subjective exercise.
Thinking is a skill you develop over time. Thinking outside the box is the hardest skill
Allow and empower people to make decisions. Celebrate the successful decisions, and allow people to learn from the unsuccessful ones.
Rising above the current view of focussing on what I am not achieving to a bvs of what I am achieving and doing well. bvs = Celebrating our daily wins.
Having lived life so far taking very safe calculated risks I have recently embraced the need to follow my heart more and take a chance with big decisions in life as the regret of not doing so is far worse than a potential failure.
dont believe/assume current situation or what you are told. Think for yourself about a better way to do it, continuous improvement.
Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson
School of Thinking
Video – 6 minutes.
PRODUCTIVITY IS MEASURED BY GOVERNMENTS and companies, but it is only part of the picture. A return on payroll, or ROP, is what leaders should be delivering to their constituents and shareholders, respectively.
So says Dr. Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, founder of the ‘School of Thinking‘ and prolific author on creative and lateral thinking. In this Insight, Michael discusses how X10 Thinking can assist in growing value, by improving the capability of the existing workforce to make the right management decisions more often.