If you are in need of a glimpse to see what you may face in your entrepreneurial pursuits, you need to see the newly released movie “Joy.” It’s the story of Joy Mangano, a single mother of 3 children who designed a revolutionary product known as the “Miracle Mop.” To put it mildly, the story behind this movie blew me away. It deals with perseverance, belief in self, overcoming the numerous obstacles that can come our way and not taking no for an answer.
The movie starts off with a flashback to Joy’s childhood years in a scene that shows her with her half-sister playing with various furniture pieces made out of notebook paper while the voice of her grandmother introduces the audience to the beginnings of Joy’s story. We are then fast forwarded to Joys’ adult years showing her working as a ticket receptionist for Eastern Airlines.
In addition to facing the daunting task of raising 3 kids, Joy also has to care for her recluse mother who refuses to leave her bedroom. Her parents are divorced and much of Joys time is taken up by the two of them albeit in separate locations. One day, her father Rudy announces that he has a new girlfriend and after awhile Joy and her half-sister Peggy are invited for an outing on the water as the guests of the new girlfriend.
During the outing, wine is being drank and a glass is dropped and shatters on the deck of the boat. Joy cuts her hands on the broken glass. After her wounds are tended to, she comes up with an idea for a mop that would eliminate the need for touching with the hands.
Now here is where the story begins to get good; a need has been identified and an idea has been conceived. From there the idea goes to the drawing board where the visualization becomes something that can be shared with others. Joy then comes up with a way to develop an actual product and from there the obstacles of promotion and production are faced. Along with this, the ensuing drama between Joy and family members reveal the negativity that entrepreneurs can end up having to deal with.
All the roadblocks that entrepreneurs face are displayed in this movie. The financial, emotional and material aspects of what an up and coming business person can face all intertwine with Joys’ perseverance and determination to succeed. Even though “Joy” accounts for the tough roads that entrepreneurs can sometimes travel; it serves as an inspiration for those who are willing to do what it takes to achieve their dreams.
Click on the link below to find out more about Joy Mangano and her story.