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Identify and integrate themes from your interests, talents, and strengths to find or launch the work you want, now and later. Smooth transitions and move beyond internal obstacles to success. Boost management and leadership effectiveness and other abilities and skills to continue thriving. Five other related options are offered.

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Develop inspiring focus that also reflects the dynamism in your life and work to generate the continuing meaning, purpose, and success you want. Convert internal blocks to progress into opportunities. Create and use your adaptable, holistic profile for action to express your true self and priorities over time. See other options at Career Consulting as well.

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“Happiness and Joy in Work: Preparing for Your Future” shows you how to integrate lifelong learning, use soft skills, and anticipate emerging technology. Now available on Amazon.



Perhaps it’s difficult to realize your capacity because you compare your behavior to what others have done. Instead, understanding how a range of worthwhile acts unfold, the choices, struggles, and experiences that lead to what seems instantaneous, can hold the keys to your own courage. 

Why Work with Ruth?

Ruth Schimel Ph.D., Career & Life Management Consultant, offers expert guidance to attend to each client’s unique patterns of strengths and interests as foundations for choice and action. This includes:

  • Integrating complexity for focus using a range of tools, insights, and processes for current decisions and independent actions in the future
  • Making each person’s authentic self-apparent as a basis for wise, ambitious choices about work, purposes, and preferred lifestyle
  • Addressing practical issues and likely blocks in designing plans and strategies while eliciting opportunities and potential

Mastering effective, unique processes and tools for current progress and independent applications in the future

Liberating your full, authentic self to make wise, ambitious choices about the work, purposes, and life you want

Making sense of your varied interests, skills, and goals using a 360° view of your potential and the situations you're in

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“Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want” transforms what could just be a heroic cliché into actual ways you can realize your true capacities. Based on doctoral-level research with everyday people, Ruth Schimel has developed a 21st -century definition of courage. Instead of telling other people’s stories, this book shows how your own efforts at dealing with difficult or challenging situations already prove your capacity for courage. You’ll get the tools and guidance to build on your strengths and skills, whether or not you appreciate them entirely now. You’ll also benefit from an array of options for transcending emotional barriers.

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ABOUT RUTH SCHIMEL, Ph.D.: Distinctive Experience, Credentials, and Range

Dedication to realizing true capabilities to benefit others and myself is my motto. As you’ll see below, I walk this path by bridging the natural tensions between stability and change in work and life during these dynamic times. This process supports effective results with meaning and contributions for myself and my clients. Whether economic, political, social, national, or international, I think my range of experience across subjects and issues is vital for matching talents and dreams. In addition to data-driven focus and insights, this wide lens magnifies opportunities and integrates ways to meet goals, make a difference, and sustain successes over time.

Arrangements are easily made for consultations with clients from other areas of the United States and abroad.

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Career and Life Management Consulting and Skill Development

Over 2,000 clients of varied ages, stages, and backgrounds have benefited from my personalized, effective career and life management services. To support progress, hundreds of free original, short guides that honor individual differences and provide developmental guidance are available. With empathy and imagination, Ruth designs manageable strategies with her clients, focusing on strengths and self-sufficiency.  The process attends to personal and professional action, addressing daily realities and long-term goals with creativity and enjoyment.

Management Consulting and University-Level Teaching

Online and phone approaches are tailored for guided collaborations and focused conversations. Powered by free supporting materials and seven books, a range of approaches include mutual mentoring, each-one-teach-one, and “unlearning.” Ruth inspires individuals, groups, and organizations to move beyond blocks. She also guides clients in how to make the most of these challenging times in ways that stick and promote continuing applications and adaptations.

Experience and knowledge from teaching diverse subjects at four universities permeate what she offers. Examples of topics that are updated for today are nonprofit management, employment law, human resources, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relations.

Education and Writing

Ruth graduated from Cornell University, ILR, and received Masters and Ph.D. degrees from George Washington University. Her dissertation research on how everyday people discover and express their capacity for courage provided a basis for “Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want.” She also published five professional and personal development handbooks: “Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want” and Related Handbooks.

Happiness and Joy in Work: Preparing for Your Future“ helps readers make transitions from the past to their own future of work. Focus is on converting current and coming disruptions into promising possibilities related to a variety of careers, activities, and situations through attention to lifelong learning, technology, and soft skills. The links and endnotes are designed to deepen the reader’s abilities and knowledge in practical, accessible ways. Attention to music, art, poetry, drawing, and other lively aspects for expanding development and enjoyment refreshes learning and understanding.

Community Service

Started in 1998 with a vibrant Board, The Schimel Lode reflects Ruth’s parents’ values and community commitment. Together they manage a nontraditional foundation model focusing on collaboration and innovation for the public good in the Washington, DC area. As a Board member, Ruth also consults on professional and community projects and programs.

International Experience

Previously a U.S. diplomat working in India, Ecuador, and Guatemala, Ruth was chief of the consular section in Calcutta (now Kolkata). As a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department in Washington, DC, she led executive development, and the human resource management division. Ruth also wrote political, economic, and social analyses related to Latin America and Caribbean regions. As a result of these and other varied experiences, she speaks Spanish and appreciates a range of cultures.

Ruth’s 21st-century definition of courage from her research:

“Courage is a process of becoming that involves the willingness to realize your true capacities by going through discomfort, fear, anxiety, or suffering and taking wholehearted, responsible action.”

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