It goes without saying, 2020 has been a ferocious year. As we prepare for Thanksgiving, you may wonder with all the losses this year, if you have anything to be thankful for in 2020. But the truth is we all have something for which we can be thankful. Here are some of the things I am grateful for this year.
I am grateful for the good health of our families, our employees, and our clients. We've been fortunate to remain healthy and safe, and we hope this continues until the pandemic is contained.
I am grateful for all of the first responders, nurses, doctors, and researchers worldwide who have teamed up to find a solution to this pandemic.
I am grateful that work from home has been normalized as a mainstream business model. Red Javelin has reaped the benefits of a remote work model for the past 19 years. However, we have fought the bias of prospects that did not believe we were a "real" company because we didn't have a downtown office. Because we have been a virtual company from the very beginning, we did not have a transition to make when the shut down began. We spent our time helping our clients and other agency partners make smooth transitions.
I am grateful that we work with some of the smartest people in the world. You may think that it is a very grand statement, but it is absolutely true. Many of our clients have been instrumental in innovating the types of products and services you use every day, like 5G, edge computing, cloud computing, online travel, and cameras that inspect everything on the manufacturing line, from nuts and bolts to your food and toilets. They even develop cameras for space travel like the Mars Rover.
I am grateful that life slowed down a bit and allowed people and families to reset, recalibrate, and spend more time at home together. Last Spring, I was worried about the supply chain issues we were experiencing and discovered the joy of gardening (I am still picking vegetables in late November!) I have plans to expand my Victory Garden next year.
Finally, I am grateful that the Red Javelin team was resilient, creative, and pushed forward in the face of adversity. Our agency actually grew this year, and we were able to keep everyone employed. We worked hard to help our clients reposition and pivot their businesses during this year of uncertainty, and it is gratifying to see their pipelines full and poised for growth.
Thank you to our clients, friends, communities, team members, and partners for all you've done this year. We hope you all have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.