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2020 in Review

01.6.2021

Written by: Aaron Witt

2020, am I right?

Trick… 2020 was the best year of my life.

That’s not to say nothing bad happened to me — I fired my first person, my relationship ended abruptly, we navigated our travel-dependent business through COVID, my anxiety came back with a vengeance, we battled ongoing cash flow issues, I failed multiple times with building banking relationships, we screwed up our largest projects to date, and we lost contracts. But, in 2020, what’s new?

My father lives a simple life. For every day, week, holiday, or year, it’s always his best ever, and he means it. While I used to think it was a joke or even annoying, I now understand his genius way of life. Life is what you make it, no matter the circumstances. In my opinion, if you’re living life right, every year of your life is your best ever. Assuming God continues to give me years, I’ll continue to make them my best ever.

Thanks to my newfound “best ever” outlook early in the year, I decided that on December 31, 2020, I wanted to look in the mirror and confidently declare that it was indeed my best ever. Not only did I want to say it, but I wanted to believe it deep down.

Now that’s fine and dandy, but any accomplished person knows that believing isn’t enough. A big life with big goals requires MASSIVE action, as Ed Mylett says. While anxiety, fear, and even depression occasionally overcame me, I still woke up and carried out my mission every day of the year.

Here are some highlights — 

  • I abruptly packed up and moved from my hometown in AZ to Nashville, TN.
  • We grew our team at BuildWitt from 6 to 20 full-time people.
  • I started consistent therapy again.
  • Angel and I road-tripped across the country for four weeks.
  • I traveled to forty US states.
  • We signed a lease on our first office in Nashville.
  • We hosted an in-person BuildWitt team meeting in our new office, despite no power or heat.
  • I advanced my thoughts and beliefs further than ever before.
  • I shared a stage with Dozer Dave Turin at CONEXPO.
  • I exercised outside every day of the year.

It’s going to take a lot more work to beat that list in 2021, so I better get to it.

If you want to hear more about our business, successes/failures, growth, and plan for 2021, listen to the latest Dirt Talk podcast episode where Dan Briscoe, our COO, and I break down the year while sitting at my kitchen table. We’re a very professional production.

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