I believe mindset is a state of
mind that defines your personality, intelligence, and talent which are
qualities that you can develop through your own individualistic efforts. It
could be a personal guide to reach your goals or to overcome whatever obstacles
life brings. Besides, it can determine you become the person you want to be and
accomplish the things you value.

I found really interesting the
“Growing your Mind” video, especially how your intelligence can be changed by
exercising your brain as a muscle of your body. It got my attention the
different images presenting exactly how the human brain develops in childhood,
struggling to recognize the world around it. I was not surprised by the
perception of people who consider they have a certain amount of intelligence
and talent and nothing can change that. I personally think if you were born
with a specific talent or gift (could be a beautiful voice) and do not put
enough dedication and effort to improve these abilities you will not be
successful in a professional life or in general life speaking, therefore, I
consider myself a grown mindset.

My grown mindset shows up in my
professional life as a salesman because I need to be on top of my product
knowledge if I want to be successful in sales, it requires an excellent
customer service and be precise in whatever information I am providing to the
clients. It does not matter if I have been 1, 2 or 5 years in the same business
if you do not follow the steps and take it seriously you will not be
prosperous. Another example of my grown mindset is me as a student. Since English
is my second language it demands a lot more preparation and training. (By the
way, I also took the survey and I found out I have a growth mindset) Like the
video says: we must prepare ourselves, and we need to go through times of
adversity and frustration because those are the times we grow the most.

I hope to develop more of a grown
mindset in this course by participating and sharing my ideas with my classmates
and by completing all the class assignments. I am looking forward to becoming
more fluent in the English language. I do not see a better way to challenge my
brain that learning to write effectively in a different idiom.

Hello class,

I would like to introduce myself.
My name is Jorge Velazquez, and I am from Cuba. I came to the United States of
America 4 years ago. I was studying Law back in Cuba when I decided to emigrate
to this great country.  I would say that I am a friendly, talkative, and
easygoing person who loves going to different places and try new things. I am
always telling jokes to my workfellows at work trying to make the time there
more pleasant. I guess I am good at communicating with people and selling
vehicles which by the way is what I do for a living so guys if you know anyone
with the necessity of a car please let me know. I guess I must take advantage
of this opportunity for advertising myself. My goal in this course is to develop
my writing skill by reading more challenging material than I typically read.
Besides paying attention to sentence structure, word choice, and how the
material flows. I would like to work as a one of my writing aspect on the
appropriate punctuation, spelling, and an efficient use of quotation and

Summarizing I think writing in my
life is going to improve my verbal and writing skills because when I am writing
something down, I become more careful in choosing the right words. This means
my writing will be more eloquent, concise, and elegant than my actual speech.
Besides is a great mental exercise because unleashes the creativity.