TISOT Thinking – Lesson One

DFQ – Daily Feedback Question
There are several reasons why the DFQs have value.

DFQs are authentic or open-ended questions. This means there is no ‘right answer’ like the teacher’s questions at school. You have to give your own answer to the DFQ. You can also see the comments given by ‘other trainees’ and that adds another dimension to the training.

Results = Training Hours = Results

As you will have noticed by now SOT places a lot of emphasis on PRR – on practice, repetition, rehearsal. It’s because we want results! And, in training, results comes from hours of REPETITION REPETITION REPETITION.

The secret to getting results is to not only set results goals but to also set process goals, that is, TRAINING GOALS. Don’t just set a result goal like: I want to be able to juggle. You also need to set a training goal like: I want to practise juggling for 10 hours.

SOT Training Survey

In 1983, in New York, the School of Thinking conducted a survey to find out the training hours needed to acquire a basic operating skill and confidence in that skill in the following areas.

We thank the Juillard School in New York and other experts who gave the following estimates:

Skill  &  Hours
Piano 450
Singing 900
Alto sax 600
Cello 900
Flute 1200
Violin 1900
Trumpet 300
Trombone 600
Guitar 150
Harmonica 50
Reading music 150
Kung Fu 600
Juggling 2

It was pointed out by the experts that these hours of training would not be enough to produce a virtuoso ability, but would give a very sound operating or performing ability of skill in these areas.

The same, of course, applies to your own development of the skills of cognetics. The more hours you practise the better the skill you acquire. The better the skill you acquire the better the results for your life and it’s results we want.


When you have been doing the DFQs what has been one of the interesting things you’ve noticed?

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