It is amazing how many people with daily life challenges tend to rise above what those with near perfect lives never can.
I recommend reading this New York Times interview of John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems. This is one of my favorite quotes in the article–Chambers describes how he was taught to deal with challenges:
I had an issue with dyslexia before they understood what dyslexia was. One of my teachers, Mrs. Anderson, worked with me and she taught me to look at it almost like a curveball. The ball breaks the same way every time. Once you get used to it, you can handle it pretty well.
Obviously challenges give us skills that make us better, stronger, and higher performing. Is that how you look at challenges?