Your first x10 thinking lesson …

This begins a journey of discovery that we will take together.

You’ve successfully completed the 7 DFQs in the ‘First Week’ of your training which was the 5-Day Course in Science Thinking: SDNT.

This is now the 8th of the 200 DFQs that you will travel through in the exciting caravan of the first year of your Master of Lateral Thinking training program.

You’ll do another 200 DFQs in your second year. That will give you the total of 400 DFQs you will need to graduate with your MLatTh(SOT) degree.

Now, here’s the #1 piece of advice I can give you to maximise the benefits of this training:

TIP: Try to do each DFQ

on the day I send it to you.

Sometimes life doesn’t allow you to do this, so, save them in a special mailbox on your device and catch up with those that you miss by the end of each week.

If you do this daily/weekly discipline then you WILL master the skills of lateral thinking and it will multiply your life by ten.

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We will start off x10 THINKING by helping you to understand some interesting and useful facts about basic cognitive neuroscience and the plasticity of your brain so you can upgrade your own thinking software … new apps for your brain. Scientists call this “thinking about thinking” or metacognition.

The School of Thinking Motto in Latin is:


In English this motto is: 

'No-one is ever born a skilled thinker!' 

DFQ #01:

What useful meaning does this motto convey to you?

5,218 thoughts on “Your first x10 thinking lesson …

  1. I understand that we are not born a “Skilled” thinker . But what kind of thinking are we born with naturally unskilled , clumsy ,inept or incomptent. What impact is there to the world and us if we don’t build this skill …

    I also think that mostly we take for granted that because we have the ability to think it is already at a high skill level .
    I feel there is so much work or thinking or practice I have to do to change the tendency to assume i am thinking so it must be skilled thinking into always be open to a different , better view !!

  2. In order to be a skilled thinker a person must be curious about how they think. A child has curiosity. Being a skilled thinker also requires awareness which a child develops later.

  3. That thinking is a skill that needs to be developed, just like other skills such as walking, touch-typing, juggling etc… If we stop practising these skills, eventually, they will diminish over time. So we must continue to use the skill in order to gain/keep mastery of it.

  4. We are all born skilled thinker! At least with the potential. Though it may be possible to “stumble” into becoming that skilled thinker, it is more likely one learns by imitation, by formal schooling, or by self learning. In either case the right environment must exist for deliberate practice.

  5. Thinking skilfully is something we learn. We might be born with the neural potentials to skill, but we have to learn how to use these potentials to actualise the skill.

  6. The meaning this motto conveys to me is that thinking is a skill that can be learned and constantly improved.

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