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Just do itI joined a student entrepreneurship association called NUSEA while I was at Stanford in 2006 I was soon elected the head of its then defunct Mentorship program it had only one active mentor at the time Within six months I successfully turned the Mentorship program around by enrolling seven high profile Silicon Valley veterans as mentors to inspire and guide NUSEA members in their entrepreneurial journey This exposure enabled a number of them to start their own companiesTo achieve this I proactively attended numerous conferences in the Bay Area and approached the speakers to enroll them into NUSEAs mentorship program Initially I was reluctant to approach established entrepreneurs due to the fear of being shot down However I quickly realized that it is not just NUSEA that stands to benefit from the relationship with the mentor but the mentors found value in the experience too I learned not to underestimate the value I bring to the table I also learned to capitalize on opportunities where I have little to lose and plenty to gain This empowered me to be less fearful of failure and to adopt a go-getter approach to lifeConnect the dotsWithin a month of joining the Barclays equities technology team I spearheaded the project to establish disaster recovery capability for the entire trading system in Japan by replicating it at a secondary location This significantly enhanced the banks ability to respond to disasters and continue serving its clients during the toughest of times When Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake two years later Barclays was one of the few banks that offered uninterrupted services to its clientsThe system was highly complex and comprised dozens of interconnected components used by numerous trading desks across Barclays Being new to the team I had limited knowledge of the system Moreover information was fragmented across different teams To overcome this problem I methodically gathered bits of information from various individuals and pieced them
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