I was a competitive distance runner back in high school and college. Cross country was my favorite. And I learned quickly that most runners hate running uphill. So I decided that I would learn to love running uphill and make “passing runners while running uphill” my trademark move.

(As an aside, there’s nothing more demoralizing for a runner than getting passed while running uphill.)

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Looking back, I realized that I simply reframed the situation and turned what most people hated (running uphill) into a competitive advantage. By learning to love running uphill, I did what few people were willing to do…and it paid off. My senior year in cross country, I was the undefeated state champion, as was my team.

So look at your business and personal life. What challenges are you facing and how can you reframe them in a way that will generate a positive outcome for you and the people around you?

Doing what few people are willing to do and reframing a tough situation into a positive, are two skills that will pay dividends over your lifetime.


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