英语励志短文:A Favorable Turn in Business 事业的转机(双语阅读)
In February last year, my wife lost her job. Just as suddenly, the owner of the greenhouse where I worked as manager died of a heart attack. His family announce that they were going to close the business because no one in the family wanted to run it.
Things looked pretty gloomy. My wife and I read the want ads each day. Then one morning, as I was hanging out “Going Out of Business” sign at the greenhouse, the door opened and in walked a customer.
She was an office manager whose company had just moved into the new office park on the edge of the town. She was looking for potted plants to place in the reception areas in offices. “I don’t know anything about plants”，she said, “I am sure in a few weeks, they’ll all be dead.” While I was helping her select her purchase ，my mind was racing.Perhaps as many as a dozen firms that recently opened offices in the new office park and there were several hundred more acres with construction under way.
她是一位业务经理，她的公司搬到了城市郊区 新的商务区。她在找些盆栽植物放在办公室接待处。“我对植物一无所知”，她说，“我想 过不了几天，它们都会死的。”当我帮她挑选植物时，我的大脑在快速运转。最近也许有 一打之多的公司在新的商务区开张了，还有几百英亩还在建设中。
That afternoon, I drove up to the office park. By 6 o’clock that evening, I had signed sontracts with 7 companies to rent plants from me and pay me a fee to maintain them.Within a week, I had worked down to an agreement to lease the greenhouse from the owner’s family. Business is now increasing rapidly. And one day we hope to be the proud owners of the greenhouse.
那天下午，我开车去了 商务区。到当晚6点钟，我已经和7家公司签订了从我这里租用植物的合同，他们还支付 了一笔护养植物的费用。一周之内，我和温室主人的家人签订了租用合同。现在生意是 蒸蒸日上。我们希望有一天我们可以骄傲地成为暖房的主人。