英語が楽しいだなんて変態だ

This blog is the record of a learning TOEIC by a nice middle-aged man. Sorry for clickbait headline.

Particularly difficult sentence to me

「公式TOEIC Listening & Reading問題集3」の2周目。2周目なのにまだスラスラ読めない。ネット上の先輩方の話しでは5周くらいしないと駄目らしいが。

特に難しいと感じるのは以下の文章。知らない単語が多すぎて意味がわからなくなるのはいつものことだが、文法(品詞分解)が難しい。だが「文法特急」に出ていたパターンも混じっていることに今回気付いて、こっそりと感動もした。

It is no secret that Xiaoyu Li's latest book, Daring to succeed in Business (276 pages, Finn Business Publishing, $26.95), was written specifically for recent university graduates. The book is heavily marketed to young people, and much of the book's introductory material is geared toward them. However, the concepts elucidated by Ms. Li are reflected in the experiences of many an established business executive. The basic premise of the book is that in order to fulfill one's true potential, a person must be willing to take calculated risk. As founder and CEO of a large advertising firm, I can attest to this idea.

Taking risks was not something I learned to do overnight. In fact, I spent the early years of my career firmly in my comfort zone, avoiding any major decisions that did not have a predictable outcome. What I eventually realized is that by doing this, I was effectively preventing my business from growing to its true potential. Even worse, my inaction was also making way for more aggressive competitors to dominate the market. It was not until I started pursuing new opportunities strategically and stopped worrying about the occasional mistake that my company developed into the multimillion-dollar firm it is today. It was a change in mind-set that made all the difference, but it took me years to figure out.

For this reason, I am particularly pleased that Ms. Li is presenting this idea to those who may become the business leaders of tomorrow. In twelve clear and engaging chapters, Ms. Li narrates the experiences of several of today's big names in business. Each chapter closes with exercises designed to help readers assess their own level of risk aversion. The book concludes with a thought-provoking chapter on approaching risk responsibly that will be as helpful to people well along in their careers as it will be for those who are just starting out. For me, it was a welcome reminder of what I have learned over the years.

こうやってタイプしてみると、ただテキストを何度も読み返しているより頭に残る気がする。本当は手書きのほうが良いかもしれないが。