Frustration looks at the present through the filter of past disappointment. Discontent looks at the present through the filter of hope for the future. We can spot a frustrated person easily because they complain in a way that doesn’t believe that a situation or person can change. Things are bad and there is no hope for a solution. Having a solution is a key indicator of someone who is forward thinking. They have a hope for a better day and are willing to work for it because they are discontent with the status quo.