I've prayed with monks on Mt. Sinai in Egypt and lectured on Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science at Cambridge.
I was the man who dug up the cornerstone to king Herod's temple in Caesarea (Israel).
I've taught Philosophy and Logic courses to college kids at Notre Dame and 12-year-old kids at summer camps for gifted children (who I absolutely adore -- and who are way smarter than most Notre Dame students).
In fifth grade I read the Bible from cover to cover, then repeated until I lost count of how many times I had. Then I started studying Hebrew, Latin and Greek before I even had a driver's license (thanks for driving me to the synagogue on the weekends, mom and dad!). Today... I'm completing my Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion.
I founded a men's group that brought together literally hundreds of men from all walks of life in Chicago. I made then lost more money in real estate than I care to think about, but now my properties allow me the luxury of no longer needing to work. (Take that, "Fair Isaac.")
When I look back across my life, I can see times I've fallen so low I wondered if I would ever stand again, but in the end I have always found a way to survive, to reinvent myself, and to turn whatever life sent my way into a win. It's fitting that in ancient astrology Scorpio (my sign) is both a scorpion and an eagle -- the highest of the high and the lowest of the low -- and a symbol of transformation.