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"Every time the door to your office opens, or the phone rings, you think it will be somebody looking for answers."

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You expect to be caught in the first 24 hours. Every time the door to your office opens, or the phone rings, you think it will be somebody looking for answers. You live in fear. In that very initial period, the heart is racing. You should have [stopped] at the earliest opportunity, and taken no more than a slap on the wrist. But when the call, or the knock on the door, doesn't come, you start to grow in confidence. You start to believe that you'll have the time to correct [things], that you can push the barriers that little bit further – that you can get back to ground zero and start again. You might get there; you might even get there within a couple of days, and never tell anyone. That happens all the time...Eventually the call [does] come. There is release, in the end, and relief. Your whole life, for several years, has been a lie.

Is it about:

a) Fucking your best friend's sibling
b) Eating someone else's clearly marked lunch
c) Smoking weed at your parents' house
d) Rogue trading
e) Surfing porn at the office
f) Using all the bandwith to stream episodes of Gilmore Girls
g) Being the source for Charlie Gasparino on company affairs
h) other

If you answered d, that's right! Sorry if you answered g, as the answer we were looking for was d) rogue trading. Could be anyone of them, but the above happens to be Nick Leeson on the pressures of letting a little no-no turn into a big one.

A rogue trader speaks: 'You live in fear. Your whole life is a lie' [Independent]


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