Children's version introducing Wisher, Wishy-Washy and Washer concept while camping.
From the Author
Through my experience of mentoring individuals and my public speaking and seminars, I realized that there are three types of people, who I describe as "Wishers, Wishy-Washys and Washers." (I took a cue from Benjamin Franklin, who said that, "All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.") Thus was born the characters Wishers, Wishy-Washys and Washers.
Washers are people who "move," the doers, as opposed to individuals who think that "talk" is action, and who wonder why they can't achieve the success and security they dream about.
Too many of these people see the past with regret for what they should have done; others continue to wish and want for tomorrow but fall short when it comes to real action. Their goals lack concrete plans, commitment and energy to persevere and overcome stumbling blocks. The adage holds true: If you "fail to plan, you plan to fail." We have to make our lives one with our dreams--to obtain the relationships, to achieve the success and happiness we want. And we have to do it ourselves, for ourselves.
If you are a dreamer, come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A Hope-er, a Pray-er, a Magic Bean buyer,
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin
Come in! Shel Silverstein, poet, singer-songwriter
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Wishing for LUCK? Stuck in MEDIOCRITY? Looking for your DESTINY?
Wisher, Washer, Wishy-Washy defines three distinct personality types:
Wishers have big dreams, but live on hope, taking no action to achieve what they really want
Wishy-Washys flip-flop, knowing what they want one moment, changing their mind the next
Washers are doers. They see risk as opportunity, change as positive, and uncertainty as a chance to keep moving forward.
Wisher, Washer, Wishy-Washy is a story about choices:
the dreams we imagine, the goals we set, the decisions we make, the action or inaction we take to do and get what we want--or not. Where do you fit in and how can you move to the next level?
It's a story of possibilities, potentialities, and "what ifs" that reinforces our inherent power to lead and succeed. It is also the story of indecision and regret that too often plague us. Readers will identify with the book's familiar, clearly-drawn situations and scenarios, reflect on their own choices, and eventually discover ways to determine, plan and realize their own goals for success and happiness.
The book is unique in its choice of metaphor. It is based on the notion of water: ubiquitous, often taken for granted, but with the power to give life, transport people and products, transform landscapes and refresh the soul. Water is the primary component of our anatomy.
Wisher, Washer, Wishy-Washy shows how nineteen overlooked attributes of water can be applied to our lives to effect positive, meaningful and lasting change.
Many people nurture hopes and plans for success, but settle into believing that life gets in the way, that unfulfilled dreams and underachieved goals are simply "the way it is," intangibles or impossibilities out of our control and not meant to be. Wisher, Washer, Wishy-Washy helps us realize how we all can:
Really believe in ourself
Accept failure as only a "false starts"
Use false starts as stepping stones to reach our goals
Leverage setbacks and disappointments into "invigorating challenges"
'Water' our dreams for growth
Find the leader within
Tap success in your mind
Shapeour own happiness and achievement
Energize our goals
Make our difference, make a difference
The book blends inspiring quotes and the wisdom of the ages with real stories of people who have dreamed big and overcome hardships, and illustrates how they relate to everyday experience. A major section provides templates for the reader--everyone from student to retiree--to chart his or her own destiny, to discover and apply the startling power and promise of water, and encourages everyone to become a doer, a Washer.