And yet, just as John achieved financial success, his personal life unraveled before his eyes.
"Now I was rich and I could afford all the fake friends I wanted," says John. Caught up in the excess, John became an absentee husband and dad. He was in China six months of the year for work, and the other half of the year, he spent partying with celebrities and rappers.
His wife "literally saw me on TV more than she saw me in person, because I was in commercials all the time and other than that I was hanging out," says John. "I was so concentrated on work. Many of us who live with our families don't see our families."