School of Thinking learning is driven by the students not by the teachers.

SOT is a bottom-up school not a top-down one.

What do the students say?

Here’s an unedited sample …

this stuff is worth more than all the traditional education stuff combined

The SDNT CVSTOBVS QRH PRR code, it’s a wonderful compact philosophy that I‘m using 24/7! That’s the key for innovation and productivity.

To focus on the process instead of just the result. I’ve previously taken a variety of work related courses on this subject, however none have matched the presentations given at SOT.

Mind-blowing and life changing. Having a daily lesson gives me a few minutes away from patterned behaviors to stop and think. SDNT CVSTOBVS QRH PRR. Each part of the code opens a new world of possibilities. These lessons learnt will be useful for the rest of my life.

cvs2bvs. simple effective pure genie in the bottle stuff

Yes. I can DO a ‘switch’! This is a large shift from the idea that creativity is a magical and mysterious process that awaits inspiration.

what a relief to be free!! if i cannot step aside from my cvs then I’m unable to think effectively on any issue. i am just churning out familiar ideas and beliefs.

SOT has taught me to think outside the square. A remarkable achievement.

I love the thought that cvs2bvs is universal so that I can apply it to any situation. There is always a better way to see a situation and the universal switch simply has to be used.

Again I’d like to thank Michael for his tireless contribution to this worthwhile cause and encourage him to continue despite the inevitable weight of the challenges involved.

i was humbled and exhilarated at the same time! curious sensations.

With the repetition of cvs2bvs I have come to realize that with any situation there’s potential “always” for a BVS.

The main insight for me is the Escape. Escaping from my current point of view, rather than indignantly defending it. A realization that something else might just be better rather than taking it personally that someone else may not agree with my current point of view.

I feel my confidence building day by day. Looking forward to the next set of lessons.

There have been many benefits in using CVS to BVS. The most significant has been the realization that I have more time than I realize to make a decision.

The main insight I’ve noticed is how little time I spend in defending a CVS, rather time is invested in thinking and continuing searching for Ever Better ideas and actions to produce ever better results.

I really like the idea of cvstobvs as a switch because it denotes, to me, ease of action. Its as simple as shifting ones thinking, changing the perspective and pow! You find yourself going from cvs to bvs. The concept of a switch that takes you to infinite universes of thinking is game-changing and has had a very powerful impact upon me.

NO matter what the situation there IS a better view of the situation. Imagine if you lived your whole life stuck inside a disempowering view of the current view of the situation and the day before you died you found you could create a better view of the situation and you could have created a fulfilling satisfying and peaceful life. Well “I’VE GOT THE POWER”. Thank you Michael.

dude! this place is so awesome! they describe thinking process in such fine fashion. learning from the quotes of all great people plus the cvs2bvs. dude u must check it out. it will widen your thinking outside the box.


Lateral thinking is ten times faster than logical thinking and so the point of lateral thinking is value creation.

Especially in the business context. Most business thinking is far too slow and costly. Lateral thinking is a tool for creating better solutions. Better strategies. Better opportunities. Better attitudes. Better timing. Better outcomes. Better returns. Better results. Better consequences, Better Futures, etc etc.

On any given day, on any given business payroll, there are value fountains and value drains. On that day the value fountains created value for the shareholders. The value drains depleted shareholder value on that day.

The job of the CEO is to multiply the number of value fountains by ten on any given day.

water funnel

My brain is a 1950 model.

To get the model take your birthdate and add 3.

I was born in 1947 + 3 = 1950.

Since it takes three years for a baby’s brain to become wired up, you can take your birthdate, add three years, and that’s what model is your brain.

In the first three years a child’s brain has up to twice as many synapses as it will have in adulthood. But they are still being wired up. After three years we can say that is the model brain we will have for our life. A degree of brain plasticity means that we can add accessories and upgrades through training and experience, but our wired brain at 3 is the one we will have for life.

For example:

1982 + 3 = 1985

1936 + 3 = 1939

2011 + 3 = 2014


What model is your brain?

Mary Meeker releases her highly anticipated internet trends report for 2018, covering everything from smartphone sales to time spent facing screens.

Here are some headlines:

  • 2017 was the first year in which smartphone shipments didn’t grow. Because more of the world already has smartphones, growth is harder to come by.
  • The same for internet growth, which rose only 7 percent in 2017, down from 12 percent the year before. With more than half the world now online, less people are offline.
  • Screentime, however, is still increasing. U.S. adults spent 5.9 hours per day facing their screens in 2017, up from 5.6 hours the year before.
  • 3.3 of those hours were spent on mobile screens, which is driving the overall growth in digital media consumption.
  • The global average selling price of smartphones is continuing to fall. Lower costs help drive smartphone adoption in less-developed markets.