CPC Logistics held a general session for attendees of its 50th anniversary celebration August 3. Sam Goodwin—an entrepreneur, public speaker, world traveler and St. Louisan—kicked off the event with a presentation about his experience being wrongfully imprisoned in Syria on false charges of espionage in 2019. He shared several strategies people can use to navigate uncertainty in their lives.
“I take the hope I cultivated in captivity and give it to others. Uncertainty is a horrible thing to waste. As an athlete, entrepreneur, traveler and former hostage, I will tell you there is value and opportunity in every experience. We grow through uncertainty.” – Sam Goodwin
“I have learned the same approach I took to managing the stress and uncertainty of being in that prison cell is the same recipe of responses I use when managing uncertainty in my life today. There are lots of ways to embrace and manage uncertain times, but three things helped me, and I think they can help you. First, lean into gratitude always. Number two is to take action and control what you can control. Our personalities and lives are a result of the challenges we have faced and not the good times we have had. The way we embrace and manage challenges and the actions we take define who we become. What I have learned to be true is that we can’t choose the path we take in life, but we can always choose the way we walk it. and finally, number three is to recognize that uncertainty means opportunity. I found a strength within that we all have inside ourselves.” – Sam Goodwin
CPC President Butch Wallis concluded the general session with a discussion of CPC’s past, present and future.
“Our three principles—do what’s right, respect others, and perform with excellence—that the founders of our company introduced have made us successful. They are what will make us successful moving forward.” – Butch Wallis
“If you ever stop and think about how many people you impact as a driver, and how many you impact positively, you will never know the number because of how many there are. In whatever role we are in, we have the opportunity to support this, and that commitment to our drivers and customers is what has made us successful.” – Butch Wallis
“Fifty years of business is a great accomplishment, and I want to thank everyone. Know this: You make a difference, and you make a difference by doing your job and doing it with our core principles in mind.” – Butch Wallis