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Which character will your children adopt?
Will they aspire to be DOERS, or will they be Wishers?
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What Readers Say About The "W" Characters
"The 'W' Characters is a fun way to look at people and the way they act toward their goals. It is beautifully written, and the intention is wonderful. It's inspiring, and the idea has changed the way I think about things. Once you read it, I'm sure you'll feel the same way."
Laura St. Onge, age 12
"[My family] really enjoyed it, and I think it was inspirational for all of us." Vicky St. Onge, mother of two
"I really like this book because I was a Wisher in the past. Now, I am going to be a Washer. I am going to work hard and do my best." Molly MacTaggart, age 7
"This book made me feel that I was camping. I learned that I was being a Wisher, and when I finished the book, I decided I was going to be a Washer. This book also has a helpful lesson for each word. I loved it!" Hannah MacTaggart, age 10
"This book is about accomplishing more goals. It helped me understand more about character. These are some valuable lessons, and I would not want to be a Wisher because Wishers don't accomplish anything. They only wish. I learned that I should never start a sport and then stop, and then start and then stop. I should just keep going. If it's hard, it's hard, and that's okay. I'm a Washer because I never give up when I am building Legos. I stay focused and finish so I can have a masterpiece." Zachary Goldstein, age 8
"I liked the setting and how lessons are learned in each chapter. The kids are talking about what they want to be. I liked the description words a lot. The interesting part is that the book is unusually relaxing to think about." Elisa Goldstein , mother of Zac
"The 'W' Characters is a very well-written and fascinating book. I really like how it groups people in three different general types: Wishers, Washers and Wishy-Washys. I also like how it teaches you how to identify people's character." Anika Seth, age 7
"The 'W' Characters offers incredible insight in such a fun and simplistic way. Both of my girls got the message immediately while thoroughly enjoying the story. It truly is a book that keeps on giving as it touches upon any age group or developmental stage. We will certainly keep this book on our family bookshelf as it is a must have!" Sarah MacTaggart, mother or Hannah and Molly
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"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move"
It was the first night of their camping trip. The children gathered around the fire in the middle of a giant forest. They told stories, sang and danced, even chopped wood like lumberjacks.
Before the fire was doused for the night, and they went off to sleep, they heard about many ways to be brave, to see and be proud of their own specialness, to imagine and build their futures. On this magic night they learned many important lessons about themselves and each other.
The "W" Characters, Wisher, Washer, Wishy Washy: How To Get What You Want And Make A Difference In The World
is an inspiring adventure story about building character, making good decisions, setting goals and learning ways to achieve them, and working hard to make dreams come true.
The "W" Characters introduces children to three primary character types that they can identify and accept. 'Wishers' dream but don't know how to take action. . .'Wishy-Washys' go back-and-forth, and don't achieve all that they could. . .'Washers' take action; they learn through experience, including setbacks and disappointments.
'Washers' do. 'Washers' succeed!
The book highlights examples from famous lives (including Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan and professional surfer Bethany Hamilton) - as well as "close-to-home" role models who make a difference, like teachers and firemen--that show how failure, disappointment, or tragedy can be overcome with persistence and motivation. . .and how everyone, in his or her own way, can help change the world.
The "W" Characters (like its sister book, Wisher, Washer, Wishy-Washy, for adults) uses the metaphor of water as a life force, and a life-changing force: water is all around us (water makes up most of our bodies), but we often don't appreciate its power. Water gives life, shapes and forms and cleans. 'Washers,' the book's true heroes, adapt water's form and function in their own lives and actions: "Washers" flow with positive energy, adapt to new environments, nourish their lives with new knowledge and discoveries.
Parents and educators will realize we often teach children how to do things, how to develop their skills and talents, how to recognize right and wrong. We try to answer their questions about the 'what' and 'why' things are. The "W" Characters is designed to go deeper: to help children understand core life principles, to help them develop their own inner 'fire' to 'light up their souls' and become something special and unique. It helps them develop the initiative to sustain and guide them in life. And it will help them to become 'Washers,' doers, independent thinkers and achievers--the leaders we know they can be. It's a fun, easy-to-read book children will return to again and again.
Kids Feedback Coupled with Academics
Rick is a regular speaker at schools. Here is a sampling of how Middle School and High School students react to the Wisher-Washer message.
Not many things should bring me down. I should chase my dreams no matter how hard it seems. I will not give up easily anymore. JJ
I create my own future, and if I keep wishing about things and don't actually do something, I will not be all I can be. Don't Quit! I will keep on pushing and even if I fail, I will try even harder. DB
We have choices. We will go through many phases in our lives and it's our job to get past not. I will stay out of trouble and improve my grades. CO
It does not matter how many times you fail as long as you get back up again. DD
Sometimes you have to pay some prices in order to achieve your goals. JA
Work hard, achieve later. GB
Today I learned that you must suffer and endure the pain in order to be successful. NF
I learned that even if I don't like doing something I need to continue to put my best foot forward. Work harder to improve my work ethics to get a higher GPA. BL
I learned it's OK to wish, but be a washer. I will stop trying to impress everyone else and take hold of my future and achieve my goals. JO
When I am lazy get up and do it because I will be a champion. JS
Stick to what you want to do and don't flip-flop to other things if you want to be successful. Stay focused on one thing at a time. BH
I learned that instead of wishing for things I should actually do it and take action. JJ
I would rather be a Washer that a Wisher, because a Wisher doesn't really get anywhere in life. Make an effort to do my homework/classwork and only focus on my future and conquer the difficult things. TG
I need to be a Washer, go out and make success and it starts in High School. I used to be Wishy-Washy but now I'm only a Washer and I wash hard. MA
Choose your future and make dreams reality. Do not Wish and think it would happen without work. CO
Through hard failures life becomes easier and that while bad things happen now, later good things happen. Spend less time watching TV and playing games and spend more times on work/study. AL
Not to give up. I can be a Wisher, Washer. We choose what road to take. Work on my grades and never give up. RA
I learned that anything is possible and you would be a Washer which means work for what you want. Study and start working on becoming a doctor now. CS
Be What I Want to Be. GA
I will study! I'm thinking right now that if I want to be better, be successful, I have to keep on moving forward. Don't let anyone put me down. Who cares what other say. What matters is what I think and what I'm gonna do to make it happen. I am who I am. Thank you Mr. Enrique Ruiz. DV
Be dedicated and do't quit when things get hard. MA
Try my best. I learned also to make the right choices. BM
Every people should have a dream. Then work hard. At last, become a Washer. I will study hard for technology and math in college and High School. This is very important to realize my dream. ML
Today I learn that when you fall down you are the only one who select if you want to stand up. You can make it. I will try to be better and try to be a professional and have motivation. JP
Don't quit. Keep moving forward and don't stop believing. I would not let anything or anything get in my way. MS
Don't stop because you have a blocker or a struggle. Have perseverance and stay motivated. Do not give up. "BE A WASHER." PM
Spend less time on other things and concentrate on my goals. YC
I will never quit trying no matter how many times I fail. DS
Going out and making something of yourself can make a big difference in the world. Change the world with the things I'm going to help the people and my future. TM
You should always be a leader. DW
I can do anything when I grow up and I have to stay in school by doing it. RA
We have choices to make and those choices will soon go along with our life.
Try harder to be a Washer and not a Wisher hoping things will magically happen. Work first, then play. WJ