A little earlier 2020 reflection

Tommy Kan
2 min readNov 30, 2020


It’s just one month till the countdown of 2020, time to start reflecting 2020 and more importantly planing for the coming 2021, right?!

Mother nature always has kind and countless beauties for us to enjoy esp. when we are going through challenges.

I think most of you would agree 2020 will be an unforgettable year from many perspectives, and below are my top picks:

  • COVID-19 global pandemic started from Wuhan, China
  • US Presidential Election
  • EV leapfrogging drove and led by Tesla
  • The fastest fortune growth achieved by Elon Musk (The 2nd richest in world just behind Jeff Bezos by adding 100 billion dolloars just in 2020)
  • US stock market keeps hitting new highs even during the global pandemic
  • Unprecedented Mass lockdown across the world
  • Unprecedented Mass Work-From-Home all over the world

What are on your list? I am pretty confident that we will have a big overlap if you limit your items up to 10 on this list and you also live in this dreamland called America.

To me, 2020 was a BIG TEST to the whole human society, and did we just survive or can we say we really did our best? That will be a question left to the historians to answer in decades maybe. While at individual level, how did you rate your own *performance* thru this year? I know many people suffered a lot because of COVID-19, either result as a health crisis or a financial one. I have been continuing telling my kids that how lucky we are since both myself and my wife had a solid job security through this unprecedented global pandemic and could face this challenge without difficulties from financial perspective. And even greater, that I could contribute to help COVID-19 testing to be scaled faster and better with the CRM tool my team built through my employer’s company wide effort.

I am a commited positive thinker which means I will take anything happened positively and unconditionally, based on this spirit, 2021 will be a great year even I know every year will have its own unique challenge. Again, good or bad is always a subjective decision, it’s up to you to decide what’s good and what’s bad.

While we are not alone, god has created something to help us to stay positive and happy, per Benjamin Franklin:)

Last but not least, if you are serious about New Year Resolution(NYR), it’s time to start thinking about your NYR for 2021. I will do the same on my end. Cheers!



Tommy Kan

A lifelong learner and explorer! Grew up in Asia, now enjoying the dynamism of Silicon Valley in the sunny California.