Good News Or Bad News – And The Difference Is?

Ever had someone give you bad news? What about positive news? What’s the difference? Or is there an actual distinction?

Good news ! Things or information that makes us smile and content. We feel reassured safe and verified.

Negative news is the exact opposite.

It would seem that there is a difference between bad and good news . Read on.

Have you received bad news only to find that things turned out well or better than what you expected? Have you ever received good news and over time it became apparent that what was great news didn’t turn out as good? Visit:-

Through personal experience I can say that I’ve witnessed all four

The good news was that it was.

A bad report that is bad.

A good thing that I thought was good , ended to be bad.

The bad news I initially thought was bad but ended up being good.

Confused yet? It’s true that over time I was confused as to the distinction between these two opposing messages. But then I learned that the bad news of one person could be perceived as good news for someone else and that positive news for one person in the course of time could be perceived as bad.

Confused? Let me explain.

It’s all news, and what makes it good, bad, or neutral isn’t the content of the news but the way we interpret it, evaluate it, assess it, or react to it.

How can someone perceive bad news as good you might ask? Or , in the reverse direction How can someone see good news as negative?

In brief – each of us has a unique history, experiences as well as beliefs and values, and that is why we don’t see the same thing , or experience in the same way.

A person who is anxious and/or negative, pessimistic or impatient may perceive a delay as a problem while someone who is a believer in the idea that there are things that we can control , but there are things that we cannot control, so why be agitated about something you can’t control or If you are able to control it, be busy.

In the end , everything happens and what we do is interpret it all according to our expectations, goals or preferences and are particular to each one of us.

Let me give you a few personal examples. And if you will consider the reasons, even though you might not have had exactly the same situation, if you consider it, I’m sure you will be able to relate.

Prior to staring my career in speaking and training, I was a national sales manager in an international organization. A long tale, but the brief side is that I was involved in issues with my boss, president, and in the end my boss fired me. This is bad news, right? That’s what I needed to know that it was time to begin a career that has lasted for more than 40 years. It has enabled me to travel the globe (25 countries to date) and collaborate with tremendous clients and audiences. In the end, this bad news was really an opportunity to be happy.

Here’s a second quick one.

Years ago I proposed to my wife, and she agreed. Good news right? (No judgements here, Please). After doing my best for over fifteen years , I decided it was time to break up with the relationship. Why? In the absence of the horrific details The relationship was slowly eroding my self-esteem, confidence and positive mindset. I decided that I didn’t like who I was becoming in this relationship. We parted, amicably – however, we did not break up. The good news is that I was able – over time – to regain the things I’d lost spiritually and emotionally.

We all have our stories and we all can create lists of the good and bad news we’ve received, but in the end it’s all just news.

During some of my corporate meetings, I will share this idea that you should stop asking your employees for positive or bad news – just request the information and then you can decide which it is. Their definition might be completely different than yours.

Also, as an executive or manager, don’t announce – I’ve got some good or bad news . simply inform your employees that you’ve received some information and let them each interpret it the way they think the best way to interpret it based upon their personal perceptions, attitudes, mental models as well as their own experiences, expectations, and the way it could affect their lives personally.

I’d like to make it evident that I’m talking about surrender, denial, acceptance or apathy – only the desire to realize that there may be another aspect to the story that you’re being oblivious to because of your own history views, perspectives, opinions or judgments.


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