Good News Or Bad News – And The Difference Is?

Good News Or Bad News

Ever had someone give you bad news? What about positive news? Is there any difference?

Good news is information or content that makes us feel happy, contented, secure, validated and secure.

Bad news is the opposite.

It would seem that there are two types of news: good and bad. Continue reading.

Are you one of those people who received bad news, but it turned out to be better or more than you expected? Did you ever get good news but the news turned out to be bad?

Based on personal experience, I can confirm that I have personally experienced each of these.

  • It was good news.

  • Bad news.

  • Good news, which I thought was great but turned out to be bad.

  • Bad news I thought was bad turned out to be good.

Are you still confused? You’re not alone. I used to be confused over the differences between these messages. Then I realized that bad news can sometimes be perceived as good news by someone else, and that bad news can be perceived over time as being bad.

Confused? Let me explain.

It’s news, and it doesn’t matter if it is good or bad. What matters is how we see it, judge it, assess it, or react to it.

You might wonder how one can perceive bad news as positive. Or, the reverse: how can someone perceive bad news as good?

The short version is that each person has their own history, values, beliefs, and experiences. Therefore, no two people see the same things or situations in the same way.

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A person who is anxious, pessimistic, anxious, or worrier might perceive a delay to be worse than someone who is patient, understanding that there are things you can control and things you can’t.

All that happens in the end is just what happens. We interpret it all according to our expectations, goals and needs. Each person’s interpretations are different.

Here are a few personal examples. You can relate to the explanation if even you don’t have the exact same circumstances.

Before I started my speaking and training career, I was a national manager in a multinational organization. The short version is that I had a dispute with my boss, and he fired me. You heard the bad news. That was enough for me to make the decision to embark on a career that has lasted more than 40 years, has allowed me to travel to 25 countries and have worked with amazing clients and audiences. This was the good news.

Another quick one.

My wife was my first proposal, and I did it years ago. Is that good news? (Please, no judgments). After trying my best for over fifteen years, I finally decided it was time to leave. Without going into too many details, I realized that the relationship was slowly eroding all aspects of my self-esteem, confidence, and optimistic outlook. I felt that this was not a good fit for me. We parted ways, but it was amicably. It was good news that I was able to recover all my emotional and spiritual losses over time.

Everyone has their stories. We can all make lists of the good and bad news that we have received, but it is all news.

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In some of my corporate programs, I shared this simple idea: Stop asking employees for bad or good news. Just ask them and you’ll decide. Their definition might be totally different from yours.


Vice versa: Don’t broadcast bad news to your boss or employees. Just tell them you have news, and then let them decide how they will interpret it.

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