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Megan Rapinoe: Models of Motivational Mindsets

After leading the United States Women’s National Soccer time to victory in the 2019 World Cup, Megan Rapinoe was brought into the limelight once again. Rapinoe’s bold leadership and precise penalty kicks during the tournament earned her the title of MVP.

In a July 2020 Harvard Business Review interview, Rapinoe took a moment to look back at her career. While she recognizes that numerous factors contributed to her success, she highlights the mindset that led her to victory. As we read this article, we found similarities between Rapinoe’s mentality and veteran NFL agent Craig Domann’s Pro Mindset®.


Quote:If you miss a shot, you missed it. You can’t go back. You can only try to not make the same mistake twice. I’ve won a lot in my career, and I’ve lost a lot. You take the good with the bad.”

Megan Rapinoe reveals the mindset that enabled her to move past her mistakes. While she may miss shots during games, she never lets these blunders hurt the belief she has in herself. While it’s important to study past mistakes in order to learn from them, Rapinoe emphasizes that this process has never negatively affected her belief in her abilities.

Belief is one of the seven keys of the Pro Mindset. Maintaining this belief is crucial not only when you produce good results, but even when you make mistakes. Rapinoe displayed this belief throughout the ups and downs of her athletic career, and this steadfastness is what has molded her into the athlete she is today.


Quote: I’d like to play in another Olympics and World Cup. After that I’ll reassess and see where we’re I’m at and how I’m feeling. I’m never going to be a person who stops playing because I don’t love the game. I still do.

A decade and a half after her debut as a soccer player, Rapinoe expresses the same passion for the game as she did when she first started. Her passion is what has allowed her to persevere throughout the ups and downs of her career.

Craig Domann explains, “If you don’t have passion for what you do, you’re not going to be very good at it.” Rapinoe’s passion is the root of her success. It’s what got her to get up and go to practice the day after a loss. It’s what got her to take on the extra responsibility of serving as team leader. Ultimately, it’s what got her to make history at the 2019 World Cup.

Belief and passion are two aspects of the mentality that led Megan Rapinoe to where she is today. These components are also two of the seven fundamental facets of the Pro Mindset. To learn more about the Pro Mindset and how you can incorporate it into your own life, check out the Pro Mindset Podcast here.


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