A newly-promoted executive once told me about reviewing employee satisfaction reports with his leadership team. He was surprised that one organizational level possessed dramatically lower scores than others, and historical trends showed consistently low results. What are we doing about this, he asked a seasoned executive. Nothing, was the reply, they’ll either work hard to get promoted or leave.

There are certain situations designed to filter. Some test physical skill and mental fortitude – like NFL training camp, Navy Seal Hell Week, or that early morning fitness class. Others test conformity – do you fit in, will you adapt, can you be influenced. Recognize that pain may be completely logical, frustration may be a byproduct, and you can choose whether to play the game.