ictim, Creator, and Growth
This week, you took the victim vs. creator assessment.For this assignment, you will make some important connections between information from this week and last week.
Address each of the following items in your paper:
1.Interpretation of victim/creator quiz results
a.In a paragraph of at least 250 words, share your results from the victim vs. creator assessment.Given these results, explain what that means about you and how you are likely to react in the face of a challenging situation.Why is your reaction important in a university setting?
2.Summary of Growth Mindset article
a.First, access our online library (EBSCOhost).In the search box, type Dweck growth mindset. Select one of the articles to read, and be sure to record the title of the article, author(s) and source.Second, summarize the main points of the article.Here is how you write a summary: after you read one paragraph, stop and jot down the “take away” point from that passage.Then go on to the next paragraph.You must use your own words, you cannot copy the author’s wording.If your article is composed of 32 paragraphs, your summary will consists of 32 sentences.
3.Compare victim/creator with growth/fixed mindsets
a.In another paragraph of at least 250 words, compare the victim, creator and growth mindsets, using your own words and examples.How are they similar, and how do they differ?
4.Compare searches for sources
a.Last week, you searched the internet for an article about Dweck’s growth mindset. Describe how many sources you found, and what kinds of sources they were (videos, books, articles, advertisements, etc.).This week, you only searched EBSCOhost for an article on Dweck’sgrowth mindset.Discuss the results of this search – how did you limit the search, how many sources did you find, and what kinds of sources were they?
Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment. You will attach the Word document to the assignment dropbox (do not type directly into the dropbox).
Refer to the Pocket Keys for Writers to cite and list your sources for this paper.
Student Success – Week 3 Lecture 1
Why is it that when different people face adversity, some navigate it better than others?Last week, you took a look at grit.This week, you are going to examine two mindsets – the mindset of a victim and the mindset of a creator.
Andrew and Thomas worked together in a business office.The company announced a change of their Customer Relationship Management system.A mass email was sent to all employees, and both Thomas and Andrew read it.Later, both employees bumped into each other in the break room.The following conversation occurred:
Andrew:Did you read the email?
Thomas:About the change in the system? Yeah, I read it.
Andrew:Can you believe it?I mean without any warning, they just go and change stuff on us. Now I suppose we have to attend a bunch of trainings and stuff and spend months trying to figure out this new system.Great.Just great.As if I don’t have enough to do.
Thomas:I suppose we will be trained, and change can be bumpy, but the current system does not work well for us.Remember how many times it went down last month?
Andrew: But that doesn’t mean we need a whole new system!I mean seriously – just FIX THE PROBLEM.It’s not rocket science, and now because of their incompetence and inability to fix things the right way, I have to jump through hoops and learn their new system.
Thomas:But what if the new system is better and ultimately saves us time?I bet the company would not be spending all this money to make our system worse.I clicked on the link to the product in the email, and already I found several things we will be able to do that we couldn’t do before.I can see some of the advantages even now.
Andrew:Are you serious?They are all the same. Why aren’t you angry about this?I mean, it’s going to affect you too.Maybe it just hasn’t hit you yet about all the time and effort that this is going to take.They probably expect us to learn some of it on our own time too just to save a dime.
Both characters had the same event happen to them, but their responses were very different. Thomas has something called the creator mindset. In the creator mindset, a person believes that they are in control of their lives. They see new things as opportunities rather than challenges. On the other hand, Andrew has the victim mindset. He believes that life happens to him and that challenges or obstacles are barriers to his success.
If you were managing both employees, whose mindset would be more beneficial to the work environment?Who could you count on to try the new customer relationship management system before making a judgment?Having the right mindset goes beyond college.Your mindset may affect how others view you and may affect the opportunities you are offered in the future.
So, let’s see how you rate yourself on a victim/creator scale.
Victim / Creator Assessment
Read the following statements and determine if they align to your thoughts and beliefs most of the time or if they are unlike what you think and believe you most of the time.Record a “L” if the statement is like you and a “U” if it is unlike you.
Now, look at the following list to determine which mentality was in alignment with each statement.
For every creator statement (#1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11) that you ranked as “L,” give yourself one point.
For every victim statement (#5, 6, 7, 9, 12) that you ranked as “U,” give yourself one point.
How many points did you end up with?Which are you more like – a creator, a victim, or are you a bit of both?
It’s easier to be a creator when you know what resources are available to you when you face challenges. This would be a good time to anticipate what kind of challenges or obstacles may await – childcare issues?Time management?Upcoming deployment?Travel required for work?Illness?
Throughout this course, we are trying to help you match up resources that you may need.We offer a number of free resources through the GU website – tutoring, library, student advising, financial aid, career services.But there are some resources you will need to investigate in your hometown.Prepare a list now, so that when the “fire” comes along, you will know the “drill.”
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