The now famous words of Obama have been heard throughout the word, “Yes, we can.” So simple and yet full of meaning. The United States is presently facing it’s greatest challenge in over 60 years. Only time will tell if their actions will prove to be successful. I do think Obama chose the right words for the time. Together, as a nation, the United States has achieved incredible success and will need everyone to work together to continue to succeed. The word “can” truly is a powerful word.
Unfortunately most of us choose to use the negative form of it – “can’t.” I hear it all the time from friends, students, family members, and even myself. Saying “can’t” stops us in our tracks. We no longer look for a way to do something because we believe that it CAN’T be done. Those people that choose to use “can’t” are unconsciously limiting themselves. Few things are impossible. If Henry Ford had thought “can’t” then we wouldn’t be driving around in cars today. If Bill Gates had said “can’t” then most of us wouldn’t have computers in our houses. Instead of “can’t” they chose to say “it CAN be done” and found the way.
Sometimes on the train or in a coffee shop I am approached by people that want to chat with me, when they find out I CAN speak Japanese (decently) they ask me lots of questions. I find that Japanese people are usually curious about other cultures and want to converse with people outside Japan but are hesitant to talk to foreigners due to their lack of confidence in speaking English.
Anyone CAN learn English. Language is simply a tool for communication. English may be tougher than many languages but with a little hard work and practice it CAN be done.
So the next time you think you “can’t” do something, just think of Obama. “Yes, we can.” And you can, too. (it’s completely up to you)