Marcus Rashford has been the most valuable player for Manchester United this year. He has been scoring goals at an astonishing rate and pointing at his head in celebration.

Recent inquiries have prompted the question “why?” from those around him.

In response to this, he said:

“Football is probably 95% to do with your mentality,” he said. “For me, that’s everything, that gives you the baseline to go and perform. Without that side, you’re just playing off ability. There are a lot of players that have ability, that’s why they play at the top level, but what sets them apart is the mentality. I’ve been on both sides of it.

I understand the strength of it and the value of it. I’m just concentrating a lot more on keeping myself in that headspace and I think it’s needed in order to go and win games and trophies.”

While raw talent and intelligence are important, having the right mentality can be the determining factor in achieving success and making a lasting impact in one’s field.

Grit, persistence, emotional intelligence, and the ability to stay calm and constructive during challenges and when things go wrong [and they often go wrong] can help individuals stand out in their profession and excel at the highest level.

It’s also worth noting that these qualities can be developed and honed through practice and experience, making them accessible to anyone who is willing to put in the effort.

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