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BBC: 年轻人创业不仅需要头脑还要热情

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在世界各地,年轻企业家层出不穷。但这些乳臭未干且胸怀大志的年青人到底知道自己在干什么吗?本期《随身英语》讨论年轻人创业从商。
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Young and in business

年轻人创业从商

Do you have a business brain? Are you always looking for the next big idea? Maybe, like me, you might feel setting up a new company is something you might do when you're older, when you have more experience. But that's not always the case.

你有商业头脑吗?你总是在寻找下一个伟大的想法吗?也许,你可能会像我一样,觉得当自己长大了,有了更多的经验,就去创业。但情况并非总是如此。

While some of us may feel young adulthood is a time of tentatively finding our place in the world, sleeping late and partying hard, others are already on a path to great business success. Take the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, who started his company as a young university student at Harvard in the US. There are many other examples of young entrepreneurs who have become hugely successful, proving that there's no minimum age to becoming top dog.

虽然一些人可能会觉得该趁年轻的时候及时行乐,晚睡晚起,尽情狂欢,但其他人已经踏上了通往巨大商业成功的道路。以微软创始人比尔·盖茨为例,他在美国哈佛大学读书时创办了自己的公司。还有许多年轻企业家取得巨大成功的例子,证明成为顶尖人物没有最低年龄限制。

But to be the next business executive requires effort. You need to acquire a keen mind and good business acumen and above all, you need enthusiasm. Starting a new business comes with an element of risk but if you are able to spot the next big idea, it's probably worth giving it a try. Jessica Rose owns a jewellery making business and admits that "when I first started I had no business training whatsoever… but I kind of woke up one day and thought I'd really love to be a jewellery designer." She went on to be a successful young entrepreneur.

但要成为下一位企业高管需要付出努力。你需要有敏锐的头脑和良好的商业头脑,最重要的是,你需要热情。开始一项新业务是有风险的,但如果你能发现下一个伟大的想法,也许值得一试。杰西卡·罗斯拥有一家珠宝制造企业,她承认,“刚开始创业时,我没有接受过任何商业培训……但有一天醒来,我想我真的很想成为一名珠宝设计师。”她后来成为一名成功的年轻企业家。

Being young and in business does have its drawbacks; you may worry you have nothing to bring to the table and that the people who work for you tend to be older and wiser. That's what young British entrepreneur Suleman Sacranie found. He started his third business whilst studying chemistry at university. He says "now I've got two additional directors who have grey hair" but when they first started he says he "could tell they were thinking in the back of their heads, 'I've got a kid sitting in front of me.'"

年轻和从商确实有其缺点;你可能会担心自己没有足够的经验,担心员工往往更成熟、更聪明。这就是年轻的英国企业家发现。他在大学学习化学时开始了他的第三次创业。他说:“现在我又多了两位白发苍苍的导演。”但刚开始时,他说:“我能感觉到他们在想,‘我前面坐着的不过是个孩子罢了。’”

You may think setting up a new start-up is easier said than done. As well as ideas, you need financial backing and expert guidance. But if you're studying hard at university and don't have the desire to go into business and make your fortune, keep on studying - an education is priceless!

你可能认为成立一家新公司说起来容易做起来难。除了想法,你还需要资金支持和专业指导。但是,如果你在大学里学习很努力,却没有创业致富的愿望,那就继续学习吧——教育是无价的!

 

词汇表

a business brain

经商头脑,商业头脑

big idea

创意,想法

founder

创始人

entrepreneur

企业家

top dog

权威,优胜者

executive

主管,经理

acquire

获得,取得

a keen mind

敏锐的头脑

acumen

敏锐,精明

drawback

弱点,缺点

to bring to the table

提供有用的东西

easier said than done

说来容易做来难

financial backing

资金支持,财政支援

priceless

无价的

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