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How to Stop Overthinking Your Life and Start Living|
Why do smart people make everything difficult? Think easy, says Real Simple’s life coach, Gail Blanke, and everything else will follow
I had only enough money to last two more weeks. And the lease on the tiny furnished apartment I had rented for a month was about to expire. So, basically, I had one week to find an apartment and a job. I was 23 years old, jobless, and about to be homeless in New York City.
And as odd as it sounds, I wasn’t worried. I mean, how hard could it be? A week should be plenty of time, I thought. I was young and naive and from Ohio, where people pretty much say what they mean, do what they say, and assume that the shortest distance between two points really is a straight line. We also tend to believe that, on the whole, things work out the way they’re supposed to. A few days before my lease was up, I told all three of my friends, who were smart native New Yorkers, that my time for job searching and apartment finding was almost over. They were horrified. “Gail, it takes weeks, sometimes months, to find an apartment here. You’ll probably get a job, but talk about cutting it close! Are you crazy?”
听起来虽然古怪，但是我并不担心。 我是说，这有多难？我看一周的时间应该是充足的。 我年轻、幼稚，来自俄亥俄州。那里的人们基本上是心直口快；言行如一，认为两点之间最短的距离就是一条直线。我们还往往认为整体来说事事注定。 在我房租契约到期几天前；我告诉了三名都是聪明幼稚的纽约人的朋友，我要找工作和公寓的时间结束了。他们听了很惊骇：“Gail,在纽约，找公寓要数周；有时候，要数月的时间。你大概能找到一份工作，但是，你只留这么少的时间！你疯了?"
I wasn’t crazy. It just had never occurred to me that it would be hard. And, as it turned out, it wasn’t. I had decided that I wanted to work at one of the television networks — NBC, ABC, or CBS — and had, with my “exuberant persistence,” as one interviewer put it, scored interviews with all three. The nicest person I met was a guy named Tom Swafford, who was the director of community affairs at WCBS-TV. At the end of the interview, he said, “Well, Gail, one way or the other, we’re going to hire you. Call me in two weeks.”
我没有疯。 只是我从没考虑过那会是很难的一件事。结果，并不难。 我决定我希望在一家电视网工作--NBC,ABC或CBS--在我的”非凡的坚持“下（一位面试者的话），我从所有三家都获得了面试。Tom Swafford是我见过最好的人；他是WCBS-TV的社区事态主任。 在面试结束时，他说：”好吧，Gail，不管怎样，我们将要雇佣你。两周后打电话给我“
Sure enough, I called Tom on the appointed day, and he said, “Gail, I’ve got a job for you. I’m making you manager of the Channel Two film library. One hundred and fifty dollars a week.” I was beyond thrilled. Now all I needed was an apartment. It was Monday, but I found the Sunday New York Times real estate classifieds in a trash basket. Under apartments for rent, I read, “74th St. off Prk; studio, 3rd fl wkup; avlb immed.” I called and spoke to a Mr. Mullins, who said to come on over. It was just one room, with a minuscule kitchen that you had to walk through to get to the bathroom, but I loved it. “How much is it?” I asked. “One hundred and seventy-five dollars a month,” Mr. Mullins answered. “Well, I can only pay $150,” I said. (I had been told you should spend only a week’s pay for a month’s rent.) He paused for a moment, looked me over, and said, “You seem like a nice enough girl. You can have it for $150.”
当然，我在指定那天打电话给了Tom.他说：“Gail，我有一份工作要给你。 我现在让你做二台胶片馆的管理人员。一周150美元“这令我激动万分。 现在，我要的只有一间公寓了。 那天是周一，我在一个垃圾篮中找到一份周末版的纽约时报的分类广告。在租房栏目下，我看见”74号大街。。；“我打电话给一个叫做Mullins先生的人。 他让我过去看房； 那是一室带小间厨房的公寓。进洗手间你要穿过厨房，但我喜欢” 我问：“价格多少？”Mullins先生回答：“一个月175美元” 我说：“可我只能付150美元”（有人告诉我只能用一周的收入来付一个月的租房钱）他停顿片刻，对我大量一番，说：“你看上去是个好女孩。你给150美元吧”
So I skidded in under the wire with both a job and a place to live. “You are ridiculously lucky,” one friend said. Another girl, who turned out to be a lifelong pal and who was wise beyond her years, said, “No, it’s not really luck. Gail is just too simple to make things complicated.” Being simple, I decided to take that as a compliment.
于是，我就及时地获得了一份工作和一个住的地方。 一位朋友说：“真算你走运” 一位后来成为终生挚友而且是聪明过人的女孩说：“不，其实不是运气；Gail只是太简单的一个人，所以不会把事情搞得很复杂” 简单的一个人----我于是决定讲它当作一句赞美。
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