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Charlene Rashkow
Writing Stylist/Author
"Movin' On Up" an e-book chock full of tips
for overcoming any business hurdle.

Charlene brings 15 years of experience as a Writing Stylist and Author to her creative efforts as a freelance writer/consultant. She has successfully helped companies and individuals reach their objectives by writing outstanding press releases, bios, articles of interest, business plans, resumes, web site content and all other forms of marketing material.




Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone!
by Charlene Rashkow
Inherent within the human spirit is a desire for fulfillment, a longing to carry out our creative aspirations by reaching new heights of accomplishment. Yet often the yearning for fulfillment can be suppressed by fear and apprehension. Perhaps we aren’t feeling good enough, smart enough or able enough to pursue and fulfill our dreams. If you are considering a change in your career direction or wish to enhance your business to a new level, but are hesitant to make the transition, let me assure you that it is never too late to choose anew. As a matter of fact, many people change career directions several times throughout a lifetime and some don’t even discover their true passions until much later in life. So, if you are not living your career dreams or if you’re ready to take the plunge by trying something new, now is the time to take a stand and simply do it.

Where to Begin!
For sure the one inevitable way you won’t make your dreams a reality is by ignoring them. To bring them into actuality, you need to start someplace and usually the place to start is by taking stock of what it is you want to do. The next step is making a decision that you are going to do it and then follow through by stepping in the direction of your dreams. Because there are no magical answers and no formulas prescribed that will guarantee success, your job is to trust yourself and reach out for opportunities that present themselves. But be assured, you’ll be called upon to express boldness as well as a willingness to take chances, for the key to reinventing yourself requires the willingness to step outside of your comfort zone. How else will you know what you’re made of or what you’re capable of, if you don’t explore your potential?

Stepping Outside of your Comfort Zone!
Not long ago, I met with a young lady who requested my assistance with some writing. She had a good deal of web designing expertise but she didn’t know how to use it to her advantage. When I asked her what role she played at her job, she hesitated for a moment and said she was the Secretary. In spite of the fact that she was involved in a myriad of creative endeavors on a consistent basis, her title never changed. But the time had come for her to disconnect from the identity of secretary and start perceiving herself in the new role of Web Designer. The only thing that was lacking was confidence in her ability to step out into the new career direction. After our meeting, I recommended that she allow me to create a dynamic bio and resume, which filled her with confidence and encouraged her in a new direction. Ultimately she was inspired to step out and begin anew.

Never Too Late to Choose Again!
It is never too late to choose anew demonstrated by my own experience. Seven years ago the web was a new arena for me and although I had been a successful writer for a number of years, I didn’t yet know the ropes of the web, but I knew the Internet held a lot of promise for me as a writer. Wishing to attract clients to my web site, I decided to make an attempt at sharing my expertise through newsletters and e-zines. I then began submitting articles to online publications waiting and expecting something to happen.

Lo and behold, one morning when I least expected it, I opened my e-mail box to discover a torrent of inquiries. At first I didn’t know where they came from and thought perhaps there might have been an error. But before long I realized that an article I had written had been accepted and published in a well-respected publication and was met with great interest. It was in truth the beginning of a very exciting adventure on the Internet, proving my attempt and determination in moving towards my dreams was well worth the effort.

Having the Courage
Fear will prevent you from living your career dreams, so if you push through your fears and simply give yourself permission to do the very thing you’ve wanted to do all your life, you’ll soon see things start falling into place. Despite your fears and uncertainties, when you have the courage to do what you believe is exciting, you will be demonstrating a commitment to yourself. Of course you’ll have your moments and possibly doubt yourself at times, but remember nothing ventured nothing gained. Before long you’ll have discovered what it means to step outside of your comfort zone by living the life you were meant to live.

About the Author
Charlene Rashkow is a Writing Stylist who has successfully written outstanding business material for companies and individuals for more than 15 years. Creating clever promotional materials, Charlene is well known for her press releases, web site content, business plans, resumes, brochure copy and ghostwriting manuscripts. You may visit Charlene Rashkow at, email her, or call her directly at (310) 514-4844.

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