Being a woman is not easy, and this is especially so when you’re building something big. It can be tough to keep moving forward with confidence and positivity in the face of obstacles, set backs, mistakes, challenges, and adversaries that challenge your resolve. However, those who can, achieve amazing things.
One of these people is Joy Mangano, a broke single mother of two who became an American inventor and whose rise to success in the 1990s with her self-wringing ‘Miracle Mop’ helped make her a millionaire 50 times over. The award-winning movie about this remarkable woman, called Joy, is a great source of inspiration for women, and anyone pursuing any type of dream. It’s a dizzy and recklessly brilliant fairytale of self-empowerment.
The movie creatively and accurately depicts the emotional roller coaster ride that comes with building a company of this magnitude. Viewers are forced to shift back and forth from Joy’s childhood to the present, and even fast-forward to the future and into her dream sequences, as they get a deeper level of understanding about the driving forces and life experiences that make a person like Joy, pursue this unforgiving path. The movie is symbolic of how erratic building an empire can be.
The movie gives viewers a front-row seat on this roller coaster ride, which has them feeling the high highs and low lows of Joy’s journey, as if it was their own. They also get an intimate insight into the focus, commitment and resilience that’s required to build a multi-million dollar empire.
Being a woman requires a lot of grit. Here are a few take home messages from the movie Joy.
Perseverance is Key
Joy perseveres every step of the way. She tolerates her highly dysfunctional family because she needs, loves and cares for them, despite their complicated motives and lackluster support. She also perseveres in the face of rejection, failure, and even defies her own bankruptcy despite it seeming impossible to avoid.
Play By Your Own Rules
On her rise to success, Joy steps out from the shadow of her family and becomes her own person, setting her own rules and playing by them. One example of this is when, after her initial Miracle Mop ‘flop’ on live television, she refuses the TV Network’s stance that the product can’t sell. She takes matters into her own hands and marches in unannounced to see the producer, Neil, and insists that it was the demonstrator – not the product – that had failed; and is successful in getting a second chance.
She also refuses to pay for her manufacturer’s blunders, even when it jeopardises her supply chain and angers her key investor, who is also her father’s rich girlfriend. There is another memorable scene when she is trying on a dress that the TV producer wants her to wear on her TV infomercial, and she opts to change back into her everyday-wear of a blouse and pants, saying “This is Who I Am. I want to go on as me.”