Can you always do what you are willing to do? That was the question we tried to answer in the first part of this story. For me, years ago, I could not. But now I can safely say and demonstrate that, “I Can and I Will.”

What about you? Can you? Will you? It’s about willpower and the ability to do it. If you can, and you are willing, that is a winning combination. You will always tell a good story about yourself, anytime, any day. And you will be happy, money or no money.

“I Can and I Will,” will give you the inner strength to persevere against all odds, pay the price for success, and muster the drive and motivation to dare, to accomplish, to conquer. The weakness of many professionals today is, either they “cannot,” or they “will not.” So where do you belong?

“I Can and I Will.” Let’s call this the pendulum of your drive for personal development, success, and fulfillment. It swings from, “I Will ,” to, “I Can,” and back. Maybe your pendulum has stopped swinging, and where is it resting? At “I Can,” or, “I Will?” Then you need to put your pendulum of personal success in motion again, if you must tell a good story about yourself and succeed.

Remember that, “I Can,” means you are able, experienced; you have the energy, talent, skills, resources and capacity to perform, and what it takes to achieve, to get results. Many professionals and even corporate bodies find their pendulum resting in this position of, “I Can.” They have the potential to accomplish. Somehow, the results are not showing. So much is going into training and manpower development, recapitalisation, more pay for staff, latest technology and all; yet quarterly and half year results are depressing.

What is wrong? It is time to look at your human resource. Even if they are empowered, are they willing? Are they motivated? Money may not do it all. Your vision, attitude, level of confidence, how you tell your story to communicate, how you relate, how approachable you are, especially if you are a leader, discovering your potentials and core competencies and knowing how to unleash them, how you plan and set your goals will go a long way to determine how willing your workforce will be.

If you are a corporate leader and your workforce, “Can,” but, “Will Not,” you are like a driver of a corporate vehicle with all your staff on-board, cruising on the corporate highway without knowing where you are going. That can be very depressing. It will be all motion, no movement. “I Can and I Will.”

Can you? Will you? Consider two teams playing a soccer game without goal posts. Can any of them win? Certainly not because there is no where to score goals, even if the players are skilled and have the ability to score. And so, if you are a professional or corporate boss, and you have the ability but lack the will power, it is time to motivate yourself or your workforce through storytelling clinics and goal setting.

If your pendulum is resting on, “I Will,” you have a bigger problem. You are charged, motivated and willing to achieve. The market, competitors and partners see you as an achiever; at least going by the signals you beam everyday. But the fact remains that you cannot. Why? You do not have what it takes to achieve. No liver. You roar, but when a prey comes, you chicken out. You are like a noisy cell phone without credit. You can receive calls, but you cannot make any calls. The telephone network is available, but is cut off because you do not have any credit to activate your calls. You are willing, but you cannot.

I you are willing, but you cannot, then embrace storytelling for leadership and change management, embark on training, personal and staff development. When you do that, you create the right balance between, “I Can and I Will.” Your pendulum will begin to swing again.

So what are you waiting for? Get motivated, get trained, and tell your value stories. Concentrate on your core competencies, develop passion for your work. When you do them, you can then comfortably say, “I Can and I Will.” When that happens, share your story of change with us in the Great Storytelling Network. Happy storytelling.

Eric Okeke is a storyteller, editor, business writer, motivational speaker and author of the best selling book: I Want a Husband. He is one of Nigeria’s most experienced financial journalists. He has published several articles in local and foreign publications and in websites such as, and He is currently running Infomedia Company, a media consulting and information marketing company. Visit his blog at

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