It鈥檚 been a huge year for #girlbosses聽in all areas 鈥 Kate Hudson is giving Sophia Amoruso a run for her money, Nicole 鈥淪nooki鈥 LaValle is taking DIY to new levels, Zendaya is tapping into her spidey senses聽and聽Joy Mangano鈥榮 life聽was the inspiration of聽Oscar-nominated flick, Joy. It doesn鈥檛 get much bigger than having Jennifer Lawrence depict you onscreen in a movie based on how badass and successful you are. 鈥淪ometimes I still have to pinch myself,鈥 Joy shares with us. Yeah, we would too.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Joy is the聽inventor behind聽products like聽the聽Miracle Mop ($20), Huggable Hangers (prices vary) and My Little Steamer聽Deluxe (prices vary) found in major retailers across America from HSN to Target to Macy鈥檚. The entrepreneur built a multi-billion dollar empire on HSN and has become a household name聽in the household goods department.聽She caught up with us聽to impart some of that sage advice to help you聽on your very own #girlboss journey.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Joy Mangano attends the NRF Foundation Gala 2016 at Pier 60 on January 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for National Retail Federation)

1. Comfort is key.聽Joy says there鈥檚 no better way to project #girlboss attitude than to be comfortable. 鈥淚 think one of the biggest things I鈥檝e learned over the years is to find two or three staple pieces that you know you look great in, and more importantly, that you鈥檙e comfortable in,鈥 she tells us. Bonus tip? 鈥淚t also helps to carry around a My Little Steamer with you so you can keep your clothes looking crisp wherever you go!鈥 (wink, wink!)

2. Trust your gut.鈥淚t might sound crazy to take a leap of faith into the unknown if you鈥檙e venturing out to start a business or just starting out in your career, but I think it鈥檚 always important to do what feels right to you,鈥 she says. 鈥淰oicing your opinion or ideas when needed is important, and trusting those opinions and ideas is even more crucial. Others will respect you for holding fast to those beliefs.鈥

3. Take the haters鈥櫬爓ords in stride. 鈥淚t鈥檚 best to listen to their criticism, but never take it to heart,鈥 she says. Instead, she advises surrounding yourself with people who encourage your ideas and dreams. 鈥淵ou want to surround yourself with people who have a 鈥榗an-do鈥 attitude who believe that no dream or idea is too far out of reach,鈥 she says.


4. Have role models.聽For Joy, that included her biggest inspiration to date 鈥 her grandmother, Mimi. 鈥淢imi was a woman who worked day and night as a waitress during a time when women weren鈥檛 really supposed to work that way at all,鈥 she shares. 鈥淪he was determined to provide for her family, and she had a tremendous impact on me growing up. I thought that if she could climb her own mountains and keep going, then I could do the same. So that鈥檚 just what I did,鈥 she recalls.

5. Remember the end game.聽Joy overcame many hurdles, from money struggles to raising her children as a single mother to getting her first product on QVC, but once she did, the rest is history 鈥 she sold 18,000 units in a single hour, a feat that still ranks at the top of her proudest moment list. 鈥淭he sense of accomplishment I felt afterward really validated all of the hard work and sleepless nights that led up to that moment,鈥 she said.

6. Learn from your mistakes. There comes a time in every woman鈥檚 career when she makes a mistake (or two鈥 or three鈥 ) and will need to find a graceful way to recover. Don鈥檛 worry 鈥 Joy鈥檚 got you covered. 聽鈥淭he best way to rebound from a moment that may not be your best is to immediately look for the positive, and focus intently on it,鈥 she says. While she concedes that it鈥檚 important to learn from your snafus, she says it鈥檚 equally as important not to dwell on them, lest you risk missing the silver lining staring you in the face.

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7. Be a mentor. For those of you who鈥檝e made it thus far on your own and are now considered senior level, Joy鈥檚 got some advice for you, too: Pass it on. 鈥淚f you ask anyone who has made it to a certain level of success in their field how they did it, they will likely tell you that they had someone who taught them crucial skills or gave them key advice along the way,鈥 she says. 鈥淚t鈥檚 always been very important to me to give back to those around me. The point of having experience is not necessarily to propel yourself forward all the time, but to impact the lives of those around you.鈥

8. Keep 聽family (whether biological or chosen)聽close by. After all, Joy says she couldn鈥檛 have dreamed of achieving the success she has without those who supported her. 鈥淚鈥檝e been very blessed over the years to have the support of my family day in and day out,鈥 she says. Whether that means literally, with the hard work of her children (two of whom work at Joy鈥檚 company), or emotionally, 鈥淚 think it鈥檚 really important to have that support system in place from your closest loved ones,鈥 she says. 鈥淭here were definitely moments where I was doubtful that I would succeed, and there were times that everything became completely overwhelming. I really think that having my family around was a major reason I was able to overcome those fears, difficulties and doubts.鈥

鈥淚n my world, there is no limit to what you can create and achieve,鈥 she says. 鈥淒ream big, think big and keep a glass half-full attitude throughout the journey there.鈥 Hear, hear!

What do you think of Joy鈥檚 career tips? Let us know over @BritandCo!

(Photos via, 20th Century Fox and聽Monica Schipper/Getty)