Book Review: Inventing Joy by Joy Mangano
Finding Joy is all about one woman's success as an inventor and the importance of not separating your work life from your home life. As a single mother of three, Joy took her kids to business meetings, flew across the country with them to check on the status of her product manufacturing, and even to this day they all work together in the same company (along with her divorced parents and her ex-husband!). She makes it very clear that there is no “business” Joy and “mom” Joy, they are one and the same and they operate under the same values and they have the same dreams and priorities.
After Joy and her husband got divorced, she was left with three kids to raise and support. When she got her idea for the Miracle Mop (a self-wringing mop unlike anything available at the time), she knew it was big and she knew that she had to make her dream a reality--not only for herself, but for the sake of her family. She faced obstacle after obstacle--from shady lawyers trying to steal her product, being told no one would buy it, being told she couldn’t sell it herself because “women don’t listen to women,” to losing her manufacturer with 60,000 orders to make--she exceeded all expectations people had of her and took down everything in her path. She emphasizes the importance of not taking no for answer if those you are dealing with don’t see what you see. When she was told by QVC that only a man could do infomercials and after which her product failed to sell, she marched into their offices and started doing the presentation how she knew it should have been done. As a way to shut her up and get her to leave, they told her she could do one infomercial herself, expecting her to fail and leave them alone. She did her commercial and sold out the product in eight minutes.
Joy went from a single mom of three who barely made ends meet to holding over 100 patents and trademarks and having a net worth estimated at $50 million dollars. She smashed through the glass ceiling surrounding sales and inventing and went on to create $3 billion dollars worth of products. However, you don’t need to have your eye on creating billions of dollars worth of product like Joy did in order to find inspiration from her story. Her drive to go above and beyond, to do whatever it took, to not take ‘no’ for an answer because she believed in herself and her products so much, and to do it all with three young children by her side is enough to motivate anyone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and somehow managed to get through it in two days, I just couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a positive, feel-good story full of perseverance and inspiration.
My favorite takeaways:
If you believe in what you are doing, don’t take no for an answer. Find a way to make it work and make people see what you see.
Don’t separate what you do from who are. You core values and beliefs should run through everything you do. People say business isn’t personal so they can use that as an excuse to treat others poorly. Treat people with kindness and respect, have empathy, do your best, and never compromise who you are for the sake of work.
Surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Joy could never have gotten to where she was without the encouragement and help from not only her family, but also her best friend, Ronni.
“The life we create for ourselves is the ultimate product. And we have the power to make it our best work.”
If you want to read this book for yourself, find it on Amazon or check your local library!