実践ビジネス英語 2020/9/23 L10(4) What Are Friends For? (4)
McMillan expresses a more optimistic view of friends’ starting a business together. He says friends often do that, and that some of today’s biggest IT companies started with two friends paddling in a garage. Alvarez says it’s important to remember that everyone has their own skillset, and Lyons describes the precaution he would take in starting such a venture.
Alvarez says, “The trick is to understand and respect the fact that each person has their own skill set.”
Lyons says, “You know, in the U.S. half a million businesses fail every month.”
profit from -, 〜から利益を得る
Gain a benefit from, drive an advantage. Many investors profited from the IT stock boom, for example. Or, he would profit from some more study. So, more study would do him good.
Why not? いいのではないか。なぜいけないのか。
It’s okay to do something. There’s no significant reason not to do something. Basically, go ahead, McMillan is saying. Imagine a friend says, “I’ve always wanted to take violin lessons.” You might replay, “Why not? That sounds fun. Do it!”
Go ahed. いいんじゃないの。やりなさい
Why do you want to go to Paris? – Why not?
mess around in a garage 車庫の中で何となく時間を過ごす[ふざける]
“Mess around” has a number of different meanings. One is “tinker” or “fiddle with something.” Such as, I’m messing around with the computer to see if I can fix it. It can also mean “waste time, spend time in a frivolous manner.” Sometimes, I tell my daughter, “Honey, stop messing around and finish your homework.” And in both these cases, you could substitute “fool around.” I’m fooling around with the computer. Stop fooling around and do yo