Being a soldier and intelligence officer during World War II was the most formative experience in the career of J.D. Salinger. That's what the new documentary "Salinger" opines. Part of that experience was a brutal nervous breakdown for which Salinger had been hospitalized.
During his meltdown and recovery, some of the pieces of Salinger's psyche seemed to be re-configured. Not only for his fiction but how he was going to position himself for being a major brandname in the arts. The rest is history. Not only did Salinger achieve fame and wealth. He operated his professional life on his own terms. Some see his supposed repulsiveness as a brilliant Machiavellian strategy.
Since some displaced lawyers and unemployed newbie JDs are approaching or in the midst of breakdowns, they might also luck out like Salinger. That meltdown can remix everything in new ways. Finally they could succeed on their own terms.
"Salinger" is worth seeing for the insights about how to engineer success.