Your first x10 thinking lesson …

Nothing on Earth is more powerful than lateral thinking.

x10 Thinking is an example of lateral thinking and this first lesson begins a journey of discovery that we will take together.

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.

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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?

5,226 thoughts on “Your first x10 thinking lesson …

  1. NEMO NASCITUR SAPIENS ARTIFEX. Maybe I can improve my thinking after all. Think more profoundly. And increase the speed of thinking. There is so much to do & it starts with thinking. I am reminded of the the motto of my school in Africa: ‘so much to do, so little done”.

  2. No-one is born a skilled thinker. But skills can be taught.
    The ability to think about thought – to abstract – probably appears when a child starts to try to understand what his/her parents, siblings, friends, pets etc. are thinking about. A child develops a theory of the mind – working out what others are thinking. When and if the child/adolescent/adult develops an ability to think about their own thoughts depends on a minimum innate intelligence, modelling of “thinking” by others, general education (having a rich enough language to process complex concepts in internal thoughts) and opportunity (if they are too busy subsisting or surviving, then they will not have time for reflection).
    Given the prerequisites are in place, then it should be possible to teach thinking skills to any one.

  3. If no-one is ever born a skilled thinker, then one must be taught or guided in how to do so. This means that a person must find someone who has learned to think skillfully and learn from her or him the skills necessary to master the techniques necessary to become a skilled thinker.

  4. Everyone is born to think free until they get to school, where their minds are molded and being conformed into the shape that society expects of them. After years of molding and conforming, everyone is behaving within the box and does not need to think. Thus the need to teach people the necessary skills to escape and think outside the box.

  5. In this competitive world we are in today, nothing is the same, and yet many people, maybe only myself (?) tend to jump to a conclusion without deeply thinking. I really need to “think” by fully utilizing my own hardware “my brain” and software (this should be upgraded through this learning process.). Thank you, Michael, for guiding me and providing a chance to upgrade my software !

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