Are You Getting EXTRAORDINARY Results From Your Business & Life?


TAKE CONTROL of Your Business & Life…

HARNESS the POWER of “The ONE Thing” for extraordinary RESULTS

IMPLEMENT our I.D.E.A.S. Approach for extraordinary SUCCESS

CREATE transformational VISION, VELOCITY & VALUE for your business

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Are you ready for EXTRAORDINARY results and SUCCESS in your business and life? Really WHY NOT Business Success Agency is your success advisor and change agent that Engages, Enlightens and Empowers you to make better, quicker decisions. Really WHY NOT?

What we do?

The Why Not Creative Group exists to provide I.D.E.A.S. for Extraordinary Success in your Life and Business… Innovation, Design Thinking & Planning, Entrepreneurial Education, Advice and Sustainable Change… We LEAD you :

  • Identify specific business change and growth issues and use Creative Problem Solving Process to create innovative solutions from concept to completion;
  • Engage, Enlighten, & Empower your organization with “The ONE Thing”  approach speaking, training and coaching
  • Applied Creativity Keynotes, workshops and training to help you overcome resistance to change in you and your organization and show how to harness the power of change for extraordinary success in your entrepreneurial adventure.
  • By being your unbiased creative catalyst & business advisors that move your organization to clearly defined, goal-oriented results and success… no matter what!

We are on your side…

…your trusted creative catalyst & advisor that talks straight regardless of the internal politics or external market pressures.   And because of our proven diversity of life and business experience, credentials, professional expertise, and innovative approach, we can provide you and your business with unique perspectives for success.  We help you to address the countless daily strategic, tactical and personal issues within the total scope of your responsibilities and make the right decisions quickly.

Bottom line… we provide innovative solutions to your specific operational issues and collaborative Executive advice and coaching to clarify your best Strategic Direction.  Our approach harnesses the POWER of CHANGE and moves you and your company quickly forward to extraordinary success.  WHY NOT let us help you achieve the dream of how you envisioned your company?

Why choose us?

Experienced & Proven

Really WHY NOT has an impressive breadth of global corporate, entrepreneurial agency and governmental experience and credential to help solve any executive and management challenges you face. 

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Van Carpenter is a Creative Catalyst, Business Innovator and Advisor. He is no stranger to success in the competitive world of business. Van has global corporate, military, governmental, creative agency, and entrepreneurial experience.  He brings a unique 30+ year business success perspective on effective communications, training, sales, marketing and innovation for all sized companies and individuals.

Corporate experience in marketing, communications and strategic partnerships at IBM, Fujitsu and Cooper Industries built Van’s knowledge of working with large corporate accounts and international trends and cultural influences on business success

As a retired Naval officer, Van had global experience in leadership, warfare skills, protocol and public affairs. As an active duty officer he served in numerous line and staff roles aboard guided missile destroyers, in communication facilities and at the Naval War College.  As a reserve officer he was a Commanding Officer four times for units supporting active duty units. He was recalled to active duty to serve in media relations roles in Desert Storm for the Commander Naval Reserve Forces. He also planned and served as the National Director of the 75th Anniversary of the Naval Reserve directing 650 volunteers in executing a year-long celebration. He returned to reserve duty and retired as a Commander with 26 years of combined service.

In his advertising, marketing, communications, & public relations agency roles, Van has prepared all sizes of businesses for success.  He has created effective strategic and marketing plans, conducted market research and validated customers. He has created hundreds of campaigns leveraging traditional tactical and online marketing, advertising, web, and catalyst event solutions designed to promote and sell products and services for small and mid-sized companies.

His promotional and accredited public relations (APR) experience and programming have assisted companies in establishing and maintaining their best public image, while fulfilling their community responsibility.

As an entrepreneur, Van has founded and built four businesses.  He has also consulted with and coached over 250 small to mid-sized companies and non-profits to identify their success objectives, engage their customers, build ongoing relationships and grow revenue. He has served as an advisor to three start-up companies in their initial start-up phase and is well versed in Lean start-up principles.

As a certified business and executive coach, Van has employed his diverse life & business experience, natural intuition, and ability to ask good questions to effectively guide executives to attain their goals, increase productivity, grow and be successful. His clients include a diversity of business owners, corporate executives, individuals, educators and organizations

As a national speaker and certified trainer of “The ONE Thing”, or as an adjunct professor, Van is comfortable with the rigors and challenges of standing before demanding audiences and delivering an informative, and entertaining presentation.  He is an entertaining and informative speaker with a wealth of speaking topics. He is also is a recognized developer & trainer of leadership, marketing, innovation and communication training courses and programs.

Van is an experienced and credentialed success catalyst and advisor.  He is a certified business coach and holds a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences and a Masters degree in Mass Communications & Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. He has earned an APR Accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America and was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the Governor of NC for his work in promoting the NC Information Highway Broadband Communications Project.  He is active in his church as a Deacon and also participates on and counsels numerous civic and corporate boards. Van is proud to be a retired Commander in the Naval Reserve.

WHY NOT Van?  Van’s diverse background and experience as a global communicator, marketing consultant, business coach and innovative entrepreneur has been effectively combined in his new approach to business…

“I have created a business catalyst approach that allows me the creativity to innovate and advise businesses through a   focused planning system and effective change management. In this way I can pursue my passion for helping others communicate, grow and succeed in their life and business.

I engage my clients to establish a clarity of VISION…where they are and want to be. We increase VELOCITY in their market through innovation of product, process, management and marketing with increased revenue generation. This success catalyst approach creates increased VALUE for their clients and themselves.”

The goals of WHY NOT Creative Group for you and your business are:

  • to always provide measureable value,
  • innovation of your existing structure, products & services,
  • design thinking planning & implementation
  • education and training that increases knowledge and skills,
  • advice & coaching, based on the Creative Problem Solving Method; and,
  • Strategic success planning to  harness the power of effective change to create and sustain extraordinary success.


Innovative & Fun (ENGAGING)

As your speaker, trainer, coach or catalyst, our goal is to get you into the right actions for extraordinary success and enjoying the trip.  Wouldn’t you like a personal advisor who gives you the emotional and social perspective of a situation as well as the logical approach.  We help you make the right decisions QUICKLY !

Powerful Change Agents & Communicators

HARNESSING the POWER of Change is central to our approach and offerings.  Our goal is to help you overcome any resistance to change in specific areas of your life and business that is limiting your success.  Then we help you utilize the best communication techniques, education and change tools to effect THE RIGHT CHANGE.   Then we help you get that vital information to your clients, customers and employees quickly and accurately.

Our Philosophy

Change is a constant in all of our lives.  Really Why Not Business Building Agency serves as a catalyst to help individuals and businesses embrace the need to change and create the positive changes that lead to success.  Our philosophy can be summed up in three words:  CREATE, CHANGE & COMMUNICATE

We help :

CREATE Innovative Solutions from Concept to Completion to the problems you uniquely face in your life and business.

CHANGE the clarity of your VISION, the VELOCITY of your initiatives and the VALUE of your company and its offerings.

COMMUNICATE  as a Creator, Consultant, Coach, Catalyst or Speaker to deliver these positive messages and stories to your employees, clients or customers to effect positive change and success.

What’s the ONE Thing About?

Upcoming Events

  • Just completed:  Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter Keynote on the ONE Thing
  • BORN Toastmasters SHOWCASE  June 23rd and 30th
  • ONE Thing Starter Seminars – Coming in July…Look for the dates


tot_book_sidebarWhat’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? In his number one Wall Street Journal bestseller, Gary Keller has identified that behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.

Find out more!

Our Awesome Offerings


What’s the ONE Thing you can do in your business or life, such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? Find out more!


HARNESS the POWER of CHANGE.   INNOVATE your products, services, process, management, marketing and technology utilization.     Find out more!


Development of your Executives, Board Members and Key Leadership at all levels is essential for success.  Experience our unique mix of education, coaching and leadership tools. Find out more!


Training, Instruction, Facilitation, Keynotes, Seminars, Webinars and Workshops… Find your mix of knowledge resources and edutainment to increase results.  Find out more!


Proven Advice and Coaching to achieve Vision, Velocity and Value in your business and life.  Find out more!


Achieving EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS requires a unique mix of offerings and guidance. Become Engaged, Enlightened and Empowered with Extraordinary Success guidance from Really WHY NOT.  Find out more!

Frequently asked questions

With a name like Really WHY NOT? there are sure to be some great questions.

Why the name REALLY WHY NOT?

Most business owners keep asking the question why and dwelling on the “why I can’t” do something.  As an advisor and innovator, I strive to have my clients asking the questions…Really?  WHY NOT?

What’s the reason behind the Elephant?

Our agency is all about harnessing the power of change for positive results and success.   Have you ever seen an elephant in the wild when they decide to change?  Not even jungles can stand up to that force on the loose.

Also, there is a common saying that talks about “the Elephant in the room.”  Many business owners ignore those large pressing issues in the room that everyone knows about, but no one is willing to undertake solving.  Our free offer will help you solve one of those issues and let you get to know how we work and can help you!   Try it out…Really….WHY NOT?

What is “The ONE Thing?”

What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? In the number one Wall Street Journal bestseller, Gary Keller has identified that behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.

Start getting results! Really WHY NOT is a Certified Trainer and facilitator for this program.  Sign up for our next available dates or contact us for your own session.

SUCCESS Catalyst – What is it?

A success catalyst is a Really WHY NOT role in which innovation, leadership development, communication skills education, training and ongoing advice and coaching are applied to help an individual or business to be extraordinarily successful.   It is always a unique blend for your individual needs.  Really WHY NOT has the experience, the tools and the intuitive nature to help you achieve your boldest WHY NOT!

Choose your packages & pricing

At Really WHY NOT we work on a project, quoted event pricing, or established package pricing basis.  Contact us with your specific needs and budget!


Varies Each Event

The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind EXTRAORDINARY Results in your life – work, personal, family and spiritual.

  • Fundamentals Seminar (2 hrs – half day)
  • The ONE Thing Workshop (Full Day – 6 hrs
  • Individual Coaching (3 Levels)
  • Teleseminars & Group Coaching


WHY NOT Ultimate Package

$695Package Price

You will receive EXTRAORDINARY Success in your Business & Life:

  • Really WHY NOT EITR Problem Solving Session
  • 3 months of Success Catalyst Coaching (6 total- 1 hour sessions)
  • Discounts on other Really WHY NOT Training and 1 Thing Sessions

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CALL or TEXT:  919-539-3499

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Mail Address:  3912 Littlefield Court, Raleigh NC 27606