The disruption, in fact, brought together those who could help make the context a professional game-changer. You bet, fresh networks are everything and pruning the old one can blast open possibilities. The 2014 book "Hotel Florida" by Amanda Vaill captures that momentum. Here you can order it from Amazon.
"[In Hemingway's career] ... something had gone wrong ... The old friends, the writers and painters ... had been largely displaced by the sportsmen ... or the rich men and their wives who frequented his new [overwhelmed with luxury] haunts."
Like stuck lawyers, Hemingway felt the pain of falling behind. The writer he once mentored, John Dos Passos, was featured in Time magazine. Meanwhile the work-in-progress, that he knew he had to put out, wasn't receiving a good reception from a literary player whose judgment he trusted.
Often, exiting the familiar is necessary to start over. Sure, there is the truism that wherever you go you bring yourself. But, given new circumstances, that self can be jolted into change.
To many this seems counterintuitive. The mental default is to attempt to play better the cards you are holding. A former BigLaw senior associate uprooted his family to the Manhattan suburbs to have what he assumed would be a better shot at a comparable job or lucrative assignments. That proved to be exactly the wrong initiative. Actually, the good cards he could be playing were his sales skills before he entered law school. Sales people are always in demand.
However, what they call "taking a geographic" is not required. Many can trigger the internal paradigm shift right in-place. The catalyst can be as simple as a Dale Carnegie basic course in presentation of self or a more advanced one in marketing and sales. The training is hands-on. That means we have no choice but to take the leap into the unknown. And students in the courses constitute a fresh kind of network.
A former client, nailed by the FTC for alleged mobile cramming, has to, of course, start over again. The settlement is months old. The obstacle seems to be what's known as "looping." Because he remains in the pre-catastrophic context, he seems to be going around and around in the same loop. By now, he could be worn out. That's no way to start over.