Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Moors.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Elizabeth. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I step back and reflect, I guess you would say I never really “fit in” but I never saw it that way. I just did things my way. I was never really caught up in having to be part of a group. I had friends (loose definition) but I never felt the need to have a friend. I was who I was and if you liked me great and if you didn’t great. In the journey of writing this book, I have made a few self-discoveries and can now see so many so-called Asperger qualities that I possess. I believe that had I grown up today that my Asperger qualities would be treated as a negative which is sad because I see every quality as an attribute and always will which is why I raised my son with these same beliefs and why I have written this book (Taking Charge of You – Raising an Independent & Successful Child with Aspergers).
It is my desire that with my book, you as a parent raising a child with Asperger’s or you may be like me an Aspie parent, that you are able to instill in your child that he is a gift that the world is waiting to watch be unwrapped and he is here to make a difference. The best part is that you get to do it together.
My mission is to empower parents and their families to live exceptional lives.
Has it been a smooth road?
Life is never a smooth road. I have faced personal medical issues which lead to financial devastation and then was blessed with children who each have their own special needs which caused its own set of struggles but life happens.
My advice would be to play the hand you were dealt with the best of your abilities. To always have faith, believe that you do know the right answer and that all you need lies within you. That’s it’s okay to ask for help and to seek those that appear to have what you think you want.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am currently getting ready to publish my book. I am a true believer that a parent is the best teacher for their kids and I want to speak to those parents with kids that have Asperger’s or HFA and those with children who have mental health disorders. What sets me apart is that unlike most who write and or speak about such subjects, I have lived both personally (I have Asperger’s), raised a son with Asperger’s and a daughter with mental illness. I’m not afraid of the truth but want to empower others and provide them strategies as needed.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I feel that everyone either needs a mentor/coach to help them be successful in their life. It’s necessary to realize that they are not one and the same. To find a mentor you should:
1. Find someone that you would like to be like – look at the overall person… not just one aspect.
2. Get to know the person either via LinkedIn, blogs, events, etc.
3. Ask the person if they are willing to have coffee, etc. with you so you can get to know them better.
4. Evaluate the meeting… was it what you expected? If so, follow-up for another meeting… if not, send a brief email stating it was a pleasure meeting them, etc. **DO not ask them to mentor you at the first meeting.
5. Let the relationship grow at its own pace.
As far as finding your networking group, you need to attend numerous groups that have something in common with what you are as a person or where your business is going. Some groups you’ll feel really comfortable in and others you won’t… don’t force it.
**I do the networking route and have a coach.**
- Website: www.ElizabethMoors.com
- Email: Elizabeth@ElizabethMoors.com
- Facebook: Taking Charge of You with Elizabeth Moors
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