Brandi Chastain: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Turned Pro

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Brandi Chastain, shares with Huffington Post Sports 10 things she wishes she would have known before she turned pro.

1. That I could have a family and be a pro at the same time — both physically and organizationally.

2. To focus more on my post professional financial security, and how I would make that happen and how I would arrive to that place. (Women’s soccer doesn’t make anyone rich.)

3. To build my professional contacts and to maximize all of my potential on and off the field because it goes by very fast.

4. Prepare emotionally for the exit from the professional athlete world. Most, minus a lucky few, get to go out on their terms or on top.

5. That sports at the professional level is a business first but to never allow that to cloud my love and passion for the game.

6. Don’t allow myself to ride the emotional roller coaster over wins and loses. This came with maturity and learning to see the bigger picture.

7. To document my career better so I could share it with my children and others later.

8. How to handle moving out of the country to become a pro and to manage missing my family and friends.

9. How important living well away from my sport truly impacted my performance in season. (Conditioning, strength training, nutrition, et. al)

10. That my teammates and I were going to do tremendous amount of heavy lifting to help create a league and to make it survive and that we would have to make decisions/sacrifices to do so.

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