Mission statements tell our clients and sponsors what we are about as a company. When someone reads ours we want them to know we are standing up to what we believe in as a company and if not we need them to tell us how to get back on track.
The Health & Wellness of the Over the Road driver is in jeopardy and as a Health & Wellness program provider I want to offer solid and usable information that this demographic can use. As a company we believe the information should be offered to them for free or at a very affordable price and if they are given the correct information, we hope they can make better Health & Wellness decisions in their lives.
Creating a Mission Statement was harder than I thought. I had to sit back and think,
"Why are we out there"?
I looked at large and small company web sites and found that most tell you what you want to hear; that their companies are good.
Don't we expect it to be that way?
I then began to look at my company and wondered how we were different than most and the answer came from the summer of 1950.
I remember sitting down in a restaurant to have lunch when another boy about my age came in. As I watched him order and start to eat I could see how he really enjoyed the food he had chosen. Every mouthful was a delight and you could see it in his eyes. I also noticed that when he was done he wanted more, but I don't believe he had any money left to buy some. At that time I wanted to help him, but I didn't have any money either. On my tray I still had half my lunch and I was going to offer it to him, but then I noticed something I did not see at first. He was a young boy and he was overweight. He was a fat child that weight at least twice my weight and it brought tears to my eyes. He was so hungry and I wanted to give him everything that he wanted to eat. I sat there pretending not to stare trying to figure this out, but I could not. At 13, I didn't even know how. At 63, I now know the extra weight would have killed him later in life. I have watched people for the last 50 years and the caring is still there and I now do something about helping people with their lives situations.
From January of 2005 until now Truck Stop Events has done more surveys on the health of truck drivers than I want to mention and we still have the same problems coming up.
Even today our surveys show us that we are a very unhealthy nation and the same questions that I had fifty years ago are still applicable today.
How can I help them?
I created a program under Truck Stop Events called Walk A Mile America and it's mission is to get the men, women and children of the United States back to a healthy lifestyle. We are a non-profit company and appreciate all out side funding, But; I as the founder believe this.
If I have financial or material expectations about a certain company or person, those companies or people can let me down when I need help.They can disappoint me where they may fall short of my expectations of contribution. But, if I have no preset expectations about the person or company anything given to our company being material or financial is a blessing and not something they owe us.
Barry L Pawelek Sr.
Founder Truck Stop Events International