I’ve always admired stories of successful entrepreneurs. Especially when they are women and/or a mom like myself! When I read about someone’s success story, it encourages me to keep moving on my own dreams.
This month, I’ve been reading Joy Mangano’s story – you may recognize her name because she’s the inventor of the Miracle Mop and the Huggable Hanger? Well, I’ve partnered with her and SmileyBlogger360 to share some of her inspiring story with you!
Lightbulb moments of success
Joy Mangano’s new book (and upcoming movie!), Inventing Joy, shares the “light-bulb” moments that helped drive Mangano to succeed.
What I loved first off about Mangano’s book was how personable her writing style is – literally just like she popped off the pages and onto the couch with me as I was reading.
Every product she’s invented, from items like reading glasses to super cool hook-on mirrors (that I’m going to live bringing camping with us!) has a unique story.
Her message is clear from the very beginning, and it’s not the same old “believe in yourself” fluff you’d typically hear in a “how to succeed at life” book (although believe in yourself is part of it).
No, the message is a bit deeper: believe in yourself becauseYOU are “the ultimate experts, of what works and doesn’t work in our worlds.” Essentially, she reminds us of the very logical reason why we should believe in ourselves: trust your gut, moms! You know what works! I respond well to logical rationales, so this book grabbed me from the get-go.
I found in Joy Mangano a kindred spirit of sorts. I’m also the kind of person who looks at every situation with a “how can it work better” mentality. Sometimes, I’ve squashed this part of me, because people often think I’m being critical or judgmental. But after reading this book I realize this tendency for what it is – my attempt to make life and the world a little better or easier simply by trying to tweak something or try things a different way. Recognizing that my “Julie way” of seeing things is actually a positive, helps me voice my creativity with greater courage.
Like rearranging hubby’s closet in color order and with smaller items to the front. Hubby was a little taken aback at first. But the next day, he told me he agreed that my “system” made it a lot easier for him to find what he wanted to wear. And that now he wanted to hear more about my ideas for a “Capsule Wardrobe!”
Now if I can just talk him into throwing away our ironing board in favor of this handheld steamer, we’d be sailing! Ha!
Blueprint for success
Mangano shares anecdotes from her life, moments that highlight the elements of her success:
Empathy, openness to new ideas, and following through are just a few of those elements. Mangano shows how simple and everyday experiences gave her insight into how she gradually redefined her life in courageous ways to become the businesswoman she is today.
Truly, her story is a page-turner, filled with incredible “first-time-ever” moments in legal and business history! And since these moments are told in her personable voice, it’s a very exciting read.
At the end of the book, Mangano shares her own “Blueprint” with the reader in one page snippets (in case you missed the key points during the reading because the story was so exciting!). There’s also a fun section in the back with inspiring quotes you can cut out and put wherever you need a little boost of “joy!”
Mangano offers unconventional wisdom that benefits any career or life situation (like motherhood). It’s extremely common for moms to feel they aren’t successful because they “gave up a career” or “have no time for themselves.” Mangano talks about how we can’t do it all. And as she says,.sIt’s important to be clear on our definition of success (and as a Christian, I believe, be clear on what the Bible says about success!).
Learn more about Joy Mangano’s book, Inventing Joy, and reinspire your own dreams using the tips from her Blueprint. I’m sure we all could use an extra dose of inspiration along our own journeys.
It’s also a movie!!!
The movie version of Inventing Joy, simply titled JOY just aired on HSN. I’m sure it’s going to be just as exciting to watch as the book was to read!
Do you have an area of your life that needs re-examination and inspiration? Pick up a copy of Mangano’s book for a fresh voice to encourage you on!
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