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You have the Hardware and the Software but is your WETWARE ready?

Enrique 'Rick' Ruiz, CM, MBA, PgMP

Meet The Man Who Was Once Homeless Living Out Of A Homemade Camper

I have lived like a rich kid - and on the "other side of the tracks." Sometimes I thought I knew it all and that I was on the fast track. Other times my ignorance was glaringly obvious with a few perceived failures in my history. But as I read more and added life experiences, I've become wiser. Today, I have achieved a notable status in life - fancy titles, impressive paychecks and business success - and yet like so many others, I remain perpetually on the road to discovery and continued achievement.

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.

Most people dream of success but, as they grow older, settle into believing that life got in the way, that their unfulfilled dreams and unachieved goals were simply not meant to be. I disagree. It is a matter of choice and of persistence, coupled with dogged determination in the face of obstacles, setbacks and failures. Success, when you've scaled the mountain and really earned it, is so much sweeter. And wishing for success and committing yourself to it are very different things.

Of course, "success" is a relative term. Each of us must determine which mountains we want to climb and set priorities based on the utility we want to bring to our families, companies and communities, and to society as a whole. Reaching those objectives is success. But the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is a little extra. What extra commitment will you make? What extra endeavor will you pursue? What extra sacrifices will you make?

This book blends time-tested philosophy with a host of modern-day tools for the psyche published in several personal development and business books - and exemplifies them through the story of one young man's life. (The character could just as easily have been a young lady, as these concepts are in no way gender specific, but to avoid using the awkward "he/she" throughout the book, I chose the masculine form).

Then, in the "Models, Movers and Mentors" section, you'll read about successful and inspirational men and women who've defied great odds and bounced back from repeated failures to change the world.

So, what difference will your difference make?

Wishing Alone Will Not Do Anything

Everyone has things that they wish they had, wish would happen, or wish they did. You might be one of the many who wish that they had their own company filled with successful stories, or the one who wants to have a million dollars. You might have a friend who really wishes that they worked harder at making things work with a certain person, or a friend who simply wishes that they had more friends and party opportunities. It's great to have wishes, and to want your life to get to a better stage than it currently is, but you have to ask yourself one question.

What are you going to do about it?

Wishing something to happen, or wishing that something would have happened, is common enough. However, unless you actually choose to do something to further your chances at getting your wish, you will end up just having a lot of wants, without any means to get what you want. Everyone wishes that they had that one dream job, a mansion, and a supermodel wife. However, not everyone has that amazing job, that Malibu Barbie style home, or a spouse. The only differences between who has what they want and who doesn't is luck and effort.

Though you may feel like this isn't the reality, no one really gets handed anything in life. Even the luckiest of people have to make an effort to keep things that they receive, if not attain the things that are just out of reach. Not many people would know how important it is to go from just wishing to actually doing what needs to be done like the author of Wishers, Washer, Wishy-Washy, Rick Ruiz.

Author Rick Ruiz, now a highly successful, well-known author with a family and home of his own, was not dealt the cards of a lucky man. Before his success, he was living out of a trailer that he himself tacked together. It was only through the right mindset that Ruiz was able to climb out of homelessness, and right now, you can learn what he had learned by getting over the financial hardship that comes with being homeless. Despite the fact that he was homeless, he also grew up in a luxurious neighborhood. Ruiz is a man who's been on both the good and bad sides of the tracks, making his writing very relatable for just about everyone who reads it.

Wisher, Washer, Wishy-Washy is a motivational and inspirational book that can help people move forward in their lives, regardless of what obstacles are currently standing in their paths. Expertly well-written and chock-full of interesting stories, examples, advice, and tidbits, Wisher, Washer, Wishy-Washy is an enjoyable read that makes for an excellent graduation gift, or just a good personal pick-me-up. Currently on sale at Amazon, Ruiz is proud to say that the book is getting more and more popular as the days pass. Don't wait until it's sold out - get your hard copy today!

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