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The Top 12 Lessons From Mission Critical

Mission Critical

This year has been full of twists, turns, and time spent at home. Despite the chaos, Bay Street Bull managed to launch its first podcast series, Mission Critical. With each episode, Bay Street Bull‘s Editor-In-Chief, Lance Chung, interviewed guests who are redefining their industries, creating new paths, and leading with compassion. The world has never been more unpredictable and there has never been a better time for guidance and inspiration. 

Here’s a look at our favourite lesson from each guest in 2020!

“If you want to be successful, you can’t do it alone… You are not scalable as a single person.”

“If you want to be successful, you can’t do it alone… You are not scalable as a single person.”

Serial entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den investor, Michele Romanow speaks about how entrepreneurs shape today’s world and how her e-commerce investment company, Clearbanc, helps fund them. Within the conversation, she highlights how community and humility are two key aspects of a successful company.

“I’ve got power in the sense that I’ve got attention. I have a following and I have to use that for good.”

“I’ve got power in the sense that I’ve got attention. I have a following and I have to use that for good.”

A good lesson for everyone as we head into 2021… use your power—no matter what it may be—for good. In the second episode of Mission Critical, Mississauga-born Maitreyi Ramakrishnan talks about her rise to fame as the main character in Netflix’s hit show Never Have I Ever. Ramakrishnan shares what it is like to be the face of representation that she never saw as a child and what Mindy Kaling is like as a boss.

“What we are dealing with today is the symptom of a much broader condition. We are just dealing with the underlying drivers of the fact that our world is changing. How we are interacting with the world around us is actually the catalyst that is creating the sparks for these types of outbreaks.”

“What we are dealing with today is the symptom of a much broader condition. We are just dealing with the underlying drivers of the fact that our world is changing. How we are interacting with the world around us is actually the catalyst that is creating the sparks for these types of outbreaks.”

This Toronto-based doctor was able to detect the severity of COVID-19 way before the world spiraled into lockdown. Dr. Kamran Khan, epidemiologist and founder of BlueDot, spoke with Bay Street Bull about how we can harness artificial intelligence and big data to tackle complex problems like the spread of infectious diseases and what we can learn from the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We believe that the problem of our generation, the problem of our time, is to combat climate change.”

“We believe that the problem of our generation, the problem of our time, is to combat climate change.”

In this episode of Mission Critical, Co-Founder and CEO of Allbirds, Joey Zwillinger, talks about how his company stays mission-driven and how innovation, sustainability, and responsibility should be the main goals for every industry.

“The future of luxury is really at that intersection of brands and companies that are very purposeful, but also put design as core and intentional to what they do.”

“The future of luxury is really at that intersection of brands and companies that are very purposeful, but also put design as core and intentional to what they do.”

Byron and Dexter Peart first took over the globe with their minimalist lifestyle brand, WANT Les Essentiels. Now, they’re focused on building Goodee, an online marketplace that focuses on “good people, good design, and good impact.” They chat with Lance and share their predictions about the future of luxury and how Goodee is helping change the way people shop online.

“Don’t wait for those moments to think about who you are and what you want from life. Take the time to work on yourself and to think about who you are, where you’ve come from, what you’re good at, and what you can do, and use that to figure out a path forward.”

“Don’t wait for those moments to think about who you are and what you want from life. Take the time to work on yourself and to think about who you are, where you’ve come from, what you’re good at, and what you can do, and use that to figure out a path forward.”

In episode six of Mission Critical, District Ventures Capital CEO and Dragons’ Den investor Arlene Dickinson shares the importance of positivity and mental health during COVID-19 and how entrepreneurs are inherently optimistic. Her advice on being fearless in the pursuit of greatness is something we can all use in the new year.

“We should all understand that travel is a privilege that we have—it’s not a right.”

“We should all understand that travel is a privilege that we have—it’s not a right.”

Needless to say, we’re all craving a vacation. Given the fact that travel has been limited this year, everyone should have a newfound respect and appreciation for new places—right? After a year that’s kept the majority of the world staying at home, Bruce Poon Tip, Founder of G Adventures, an award-winning small group travel agency, shares his outlooks on community tourism and how we should travel with purpose.

“A lot of the content, trends, hashtags, and memes are not designed by five,10 people in a boardroom and imposed on the audience. A lot of the trends are grassroots.”

“A lot of the content, trends, hashtags, and memes are not designed by five,10 people in a boardroom and imposed on the audience. A lot of the trends are grassroots.”

Allen Lau, CEO of Wattpad, talks about how the content machine has flipped from being generated by media companies to being created by users and shares how Wattpad is encouraging and enabling young creatives to become the next big thing.

“There’s this idea that science isn’t political. A lot of people in the science world think, ‘It’s not political! It’s the truth!’ But politics is what funds science. Politics is really important to science… as politics becomes more polarized, inevitably, so does science.”

“There’s this idea that science isn’t political. A lot of people in the science world think, ‘It’s not political! It’s the truth!’ But politics is what funds science. Politics is really important to science… as politics becomes more polarized, inevitably, so does science.”

Greg Brown, one-half of social media sensation AsapSCIENCE, has been educating his online audience with educational and entertaining videos about everything from environmental science to the periodic table. In episode eight, Brown talks about the rise of fake news and conspiracy theories in relation to COVID-19, and how we can think more like a scientist.

“Each season presents its own challenges again and that’s the goal that’s in from of you—regardless of what’s happened in the past.”

“Each season presents its own challenges again and that’s the goal that’s in from of you—regardless of what’s happened in the past.”

Toronto Raptors’ head coach, Nick Nurse, shares his outlook on taking on each basketball season with fresh eyes no matter what. An idea that you can with you into 2021 and beyond: don’t focus on the past, work for the future. In addition to this mindset, Nurse also shares what goes into making a championship team and how his life has changed since becoming a dad.

“If people are raising awareness about what’s happening in their community and you can’t go and support, you can always reshare their content with your followers. I feel like a really good way to be an ally is sharing content and raising awareness.”

“If people are raising awareness about what’s happening in their community and you can’t go and support, you can always reshare their content with your followers. I feel like a really good way to be an ally is sharing content and raising awareness.”

James Jones aka NotoriousCree is an Indigenous content creator and educator who uses the power of social media to share his culture with his online audience of over one million followers. In addition to talking about his own rise to internet stardom, Jones shares how social media platforms can help support and amplify Indigenous communities, and how social users can be active allies. 

“It’s taken one of the oldest and most fundamental parts of our existence, which is how we need our partners, and really turned it on its head in the course of the last 20 years. I mean it’s the number one way people meet and it’s only continuing to grow faster and faster in that sense.”

“It’s taken one of the oldest and most fundamental parts of our existence, which is how we need our partners, and really turned it on its head in the course of the last 20 years. I mean it’s the number one way people meet and it’s only continuing to grow faster and faster in that sense.”

Do dating apps really work? In Mission Critical’s final episode of 2020, Founder and CEO of Hinge, Justin McLeod, talks about the rise of meeting a partner online and how Hinge uses data to make sure you’re getting the best dating experience.

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