Don’t underestimate the good you do

Why doesn’t the news report on more positive stories?

It’s because good news doesn’t sell.

When we have an emotional reaction to something, we’re more likely to remember it, share it, and ultimately, pay for it. Anger, fear, and disdain are easy-to-trigger emotions (relative to love, appreciation, or compassion), so stories are typically slanted with a negative viewpoint so that the audience is more engaged.

It’s the same with everything in life -

People will naturally index more on your mistakes than on your successes.

Good things will rarely be called out because “that’s what you’re supposed to do, anyway. Why draw attention to anyone meeting a base expectation?”

Don’t propagate that emotional harm to others.

Don’t take it in yourself.

Most likely, you’re doing better than you think.



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Erik Andersen

Erik Andersen

Senior Software Engineer with 10+ years of experience. Also an independent coach, teacher, and public speaker. My opinions are my own