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.

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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?

5,223 thoughts on “Your first x10 thinking lesson …

  1. 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.

  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. 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 !!

  4. This is a good motto to remember as thinking is another skill that can be practiced and mastered. It is good to know that people don’t just become thought leaders when they are born. They have to take lessons, practice and be guided to a way of thinking that can lead to a breakthrough. If I want to be a thought leader I have to learn to think differently and practice until I am mastered the art of thinking.

  5. The little we know about natural skills that we are born with, if any, shows that we always need to discover ourselives. Good thinking is produced not by any particular special ability, we can be good at whatever we want , practicing and training make it possible for anyone to acquire any kill .

  6. To me this motto conveys hope, and motivation. If people were simply born skilled thinkers then there would theoretically be no possibility to change one’s circumstances after birth. While some people are move naturally gifted at certain skills than others, we all have the ability to increase our own skill level through practice and persistence.

  7. While thinking may be innate, good thinking is not. The brain has a natural mechanism and if left to its own is terribly inefficient and unreliable. Thus while everyone may be a thinker or is born a thinker, to be a skilled thinker is not natural. Thinking, i.e. the use of experience for a particular set of purposes, is a skill and just like any skill, i.e. piano, karate or even typing on a keyboard, it is improved only by constant and deliberate practice with the use of tools that are external to the brain that functions as “attention-directing” or creates movement as in lateral thinking. In the end, becoming a good thinker just like becoming a champion tennis player or golfer requires constant, deliberate practice over a period of time. There are no shortcuts to being a skilled thinker.

  8. It simply conveys that I can change and learn to think better if I want to. It further conveys that everyone, regardless of race, gender, preference or beliefs can learn to think better. It also reminds me that ‘wanting to learn or think differently’ is humanity biggest challenge. A challenge we’re right in the middle of.

  9. (Translated from French)

    Agree on the role and necessity of metacognition with however a prerequisite which is the mastery of one’s own language, especially to work with children and young people. Indeed, knowing how to manipulate one’s language, to say things in different ways, to be sensitive to humor and to practice oneself are all very valuable skills for reflection and the ability to deviate from one’s own mode of functioning. which is precisely one of the markers of metacognition. All the technology will not help us much if we do not develop first and foremost our capacities as human beings.

  10. I was born with the ability to think. At some point instead of thinking I have become a programmed reaction to stimulus. Sure, I think to some degree, but in the main it would be safe to say I have set patterned responses, this means that, so do or say this… Thinking, yes, but on a shallow level. Gain pleasure, avoid pain. Simple really. To transition to being a skilled thinker is a little intimidating. What would I need to give up? Where’s the safety net? So the motto for me – Skilled thinking is a potential which needs direction to be realised.

  11. 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 !

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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”.

  16. NEMO NASCITUR SAPIENS ARTIFEX!this to informed that no one is born a thinker,you leave to think and rethink for others to learn and expose for batter views in life.

  17. That even ‘thinking’, a task we do everyday, has great potential for improvement for us to think faster, more efficiently, more effectively for our needs and purposes. To become skilled at a task requires repetition and practise and a feedback loop to learn from mistakes, so to become skilled at thinking also requires repetition and practise and a feedback loop to learn from mistakes.

  18. its not an innate ability, its something you can, and do, learn how to do. you can learn to think. whats more you can learn to think better – ie become more skilled at it.

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