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The Mindsets of Victims and Creators Essay

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How many different types of mindsets are there? According to Dr. Skip Downing there are at least two major mindsets. He refers to them as Victims and Creators. What are the definitions of these types of mindsets? A Victim is someone who feels that they cannot influence their own outcomes in life and let things happen without trying to shape the result. A Creator is someone who consistently make choices that result in the outcome that they want. David Mirman has written an article that provides this clear example of Victim and Creator mindsets using the example of two college students searching for a textbook “The instructor asked them if they had the text. The first said “No, I do not have the textbook. I was not able to get it because the…show more content…
Another example is in regards to his schoolwork. He sometimes will plough through work that he doesn’t completely understand and then complain about his bad grade. When he does this he will never ask or accept help from other people. These are two examples of him exhibiting a Victim mindset.

A Creator is someone who consistently makes decisions to create the lives they wish to live, they do this by the decisions they make. My father exhibits qualities that fit this definition. One example of this is his decision to go through extra schooling in his field in order to better provide for himself and his family, he has taken many classes and courses in order to do this. Because of this decision he has been able to improve what kind of career and life he has, consequently my family and I benefit from those decisions every day. Another example is what he has done in order to advance in his career, he has told me before that in order to be where he is today he endured through many jobs that he despised. These examples show that my father has the mindset of a Creator.

After learning about the ways that a Creator thinks and approaches tasks I think that I can apply certain aspects of this mindset in my own life. One important place I can apply this is in regards to the way I approach my assignments from school or work. A Creator always finds solutions to problems that they may
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