I’m going to get right down to business. Have you seen previews for the new movie Joy staring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradly Cooper? Have you made your way to the theater to see it yet? Because holy shit, you need too!!! I went to see the movie the other night and I fell so deeply in love with it that I just had to write a blog about it.
Not only as a young woman but as a small business owner there were just so many aspects of this movie and Joy’s story that I relate with. The fact that the odds may be stocked against you with enough willpower and determination you can move mountains to make your dreams a reality. Not to take any guff from anyone. Persistence and standing up for yourself and your business you will prevail. And most importantly never ever give up.
I have ADHD and being as I am 29 years old when I first started school not many people believed it existed or just simply weren’t educated on it. It took two years of my mom trying to get me diagnosed because she knew I had it (she’s an RN and did an incredible amount of research into this and others), it was just a matter of getting someone to actually listen to her. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when my first grade teacher told my mom – in so many words – that I was too stupid to learn. Mom knew otherwise. And mom was right. School was always a struggle for me, but it didn’t stop me. The ADHD “label” only added fuel to my fire that come hell or high water I would succeed. When it was time for me to go to college most people didn’t think I had what it took. It would be a waste of time and money. Well, I showed them. Not only did I go to college, I went twice. Two different colleges, two degrees plus one certificate. Tell me again what I can’t do because I work my hardest when I’m told I can’t do something.
After I graduated for the second time I started my own business. Again, against the odds. Just because I recently closed the doors on my first official business doesn’t mean I or my business was a failure. It did well and I grew and learned things about myself and about business by ten fold. Like Joy I learned on my own as I went along. It was just time to close the doors on that business and move on to the next thing and the next chapter in my life. I honestly can’t imagine me ever not owning my own business. It’s just ingrained in who I am. Seeing the movie really just moved me profoundly. It ignited an inspiration that I absolutely needed right now. I’m even more motivated now after seeing the movie than I have ever been motivated in my life. I feel like there’s a little bit of Joy in every single one of us and that’s why women and even men of all ages need to see this movie. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Have you seen the movie Joy yet? What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments below!