“True heroes are made of hard work and integrity.” – Hope Solo
Hope Solo is the starting goalkeeper on the US Women’s National team. She has won the Golden Glove Award, a Gold Medal and written her own book. Reading this book at least 3 times myself, i know that it is a heartbreaking and incredibly inspirational book. She tells the story of her life from a young girl in Washington, all up until the World Cup game against Japan. Hope went through so much in her life and the one steady thing through it all was soccer. She shows her love of the game and her drive to push harder through all 320 pages.
What inspires me about her is that she had so much go wrong in her family, her school, her team and even her soccer career yet she decided that she was going to make it. She refused to let her down falls take over her life because she was passionate for soccer.
Solo tore her shoulder apart, was kidnapped by her father, her house burned down, her only childhood friend (her beloved dog) died, her dad passed away, her teammates turned against her and got her benched, and much much more. I have so much respect for her and the things that she has accomplished in her life time.
After i read her book, i had a much different perspective on dedication and what is meant to be a player.
I really did become motivated to just throw out everything i have in order to improve. I want to play to the full extent of my abilities. Just reading a book changed my mind set. That may seem over dramatic and like an exaggeration but i can promise you, it’s not. i feel like just hearing her story and how she over came it, the struggles she had to suffer through to get to the place she wanted it truly amazing and it encourages me every day to not give up on anything that i care about.
you can buy her book here–> A Memoir of Hope Solo