Surprisingly, it's not theatre of the absurd. A slimmed-down, non-gushy Monica Lewinsky has put together a solid platform for a comeback. She has a cause: Protecting cyber privacy. Her life was blown into a trillion pieces when the Drudge Report broke the story of the affair between a U.S. president and an intern.
Her speech at the "30 Under 30" Forbes conference seemed to be well received. She received a standing ovation. Here is the coverage in the New York Post. Her twitter site #Here we go has 25,000 followers.
The rhetoric has finally become mature. For example, in the speech she frames her involvement with Bill Clinton as a 22-year-old's notion of love. She also puts out there that people were hurt and takes responsibility.
Lewinsky could become the role model for those displaced by circumstances, their own tragic flaws, and/or just one bad move. If the world economy is slowing, which earning results at IBM seem to indicate, then more lawyers will find their careers or at least their dreams for making it big upended.
So, what can the displaced learn from Lewinsky's comeback? Here are some of the lessons:
Keep trying. She tried the academic route in London. She made purses. She fooled around in public relations. Now, here she is with a game she could win at.
Don't let power scare you off. Instead of taking on Clinton Inc. in a frontal attack, she is using a type of guerrilla warfare. Who knows, it could do some damage to Hillary if she decides to run. No matter what move Hillary makes, the media could check with Lewinsky for her take. In time, Lewinsky could become a sympathetic character, not a loser.
Change your persona. There is no one self. There are many selves. Giggly Lewinsky has brought out the wise-woman self.
Get a cause. Everyone needs a cause in order to succeed. No, you don't have to be preoccupied with the cause. But you need to have one, such as guiding college students about their career paths or helping solos earn more than $50,000 annually.
We can expect to hear much more from Lewinsky. And the Law of Attraction will be in play. Soon enough there will be Prince Charming. They could adopt orphans from West Africa whose parents died of Ebola.
You go girl.