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I Used to be Somebody
57 minutes | 5 days ago
Henry Schulman: Legendary Sports Beat Writer Swings for the Fences in (Un)Retirement
What a super fun conversation this week with Henry and Carl. Henry Schulman has been the beat writer for 30+ years covering the San Francisco Giants. He just retired a couple of months ago, so it's an interesting perspective from an (Un)Retirement newbie. The conversation is about way more than just sports. Henry raised by his Jewish immigrant parents who were also Holocaust survivors. He is very honest and frank about all the ups and downs in his career and life. His battle with cancer (and recovery) and all that entails being on the road for a long career. And Carl who is a lifelong Giants fan, couldn't help himself to ask about his relationship with the SF Giants' former star Barry Bonds. It's a no-holds-barred conversation. Henry is definitely going to squeeze fun and discovery into every minute of his new (Un)Retirement life and he shares his optimism for an adventurous future! • For more about Henry Schulman: https://sanfranballscribe.blogspot.com • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Henry-Schulman-Interview-Its-Really-Not-Just-About-Baseball • This Week's Sponsor is The Monkey Creative: https://themonkeycreative.com • Subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
41 minutes | 12 days ago
Caroline Ceniza-Levine: Creating Your Own Dream Job
Caroline is a dynamo in every sense. In her college years, she was a very accomplished classical pianist and studied at the world famous Juilliard School. Even though she was incredibly talented, she figured out at this young age that she didn't have a passion for it and quit. She eventually went on to big success as a career coach for some of the most successful companies in the world, appearing as an expert on major TV network business shows, writing columns in Forbes and now has a successful real estate business in Costa Rica. In her spare time, she's a stand up comedian and writing and producing horror films. She is a true inspiration---to follow ALL your dreams and do what makes you happy in life! • For more about Caroline Ceniza-Levine: cenizalevine.com • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Caroline-Ceniza-Levine-Interview-Do-What-You-Love-to-Do-And-Quit-What-You-Dont • This week's sponsor The Monkey Creative: https://themonkeycreative.com • Subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
43 minutes | 19 days ago
Mike Branon: Construction Mogul Turns Zen Pickleball Instructor
It's been an interesting and wild 60 year ride for Mike Branon. After some ups and downs in life, Mike became an entrepreneur in the 1990's, finding a niche in construction storage units. That business took off to the point that he was able to sell his business and retire at 40 years old. During the past 20 years Mike has reinvented himself many times -- as a microbrewery owner, teacher, philanthropist, world traveler, massage therapist and now a Pickleball Instructor and first-time book author. Mike wrote Pickleball & the Art of Living in 2020 during the pandemic, trapped on a cruise ship near the shores of Australia for 20+ extra days. Mike shares his lessons learned and secrets to a happy, adventurous (un)retirement life. • For more about Mike Branon: https://www.mikebranon.com • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Mike-Branon-Interview-Keep-Moving-Forward • This week's sponsor The Monkey Creative: https://themonkeycreative.com • Subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
40 minutes | a month ago
Chris Welles: Safari Vacation + Rhino = Life Changing Second Act
About 10 years ago, Chris Welles took a big family trip (which he was hesitant to go on) to East Africa. The safari adventure was transformative for him. He fell in love with Kenyan wildlife and more importantly, the people. Chris's story is amazing! He ended up giving up his very successful executive recruiting business and without any experience whatsoever in the apparel business, he launched American Rhino. He also created a foundation to help support Kenyan wildlife conservation, as well as the local communities. There are so many life lessons learned in this episode. Plus a ton of laughs shared between Chris and Carl. For more information about Chris Welles and American Rhino: https://americanrhino.com Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Chris-Welles-Interview-Out-of-Africa-a-Second-Act-Found-Him Subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com/
43 minutes | a month ago
Ed Casey: Marketing "Doctor Who" and the Pop Culture World
Carl learns this week from Ed Casey that the brand licensing business is a $292 billion dollar global business. That is Billion with a capital B! Ed likes to say he's in the "smile business". Who doesn't wear their favorite team T-shirt, sip from a novelty mug or treasure cool memorabilia from their childhood? Working in the corporate licensing biz for almost 40 years, Ed's been involved in the marketing of the cult favorite Doctor Who television series, the Cartoon Network properties, tons of major sports leagues and literally hundreds of other brands you know. But it's the past two years of working for himself and experiencing the world of (un)retirement that has Ed totally excited now. He shares the secrets on how to cultivate a new zest for life and why making new connections is so important. For more information about Ed Casey: https://www.lrstudiohub.com Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Ed-Casey-Interview-Youd-Be-Surprised To Subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
44 minutes | a month ago
Mike Drak: Retirement -- Heaven or Hell?
Mike Drak abruptly experienced "retirement shock". Which in his case, was having a successful career with one company for 36 years (!) and in just one day it all went away. This is an amazing story about how Mike went from a devastating first day of retirement to becoming a leader in the (Un)Retirement movement! You'll laugh and shed a tear while listening to this popular Canadian's poignant journey to his 55+ dream life. For more information about Mike's book Retirement Heaven or Hell https://www.amazon.com/Retirement-Heaven-Hell-Principles-Post-Career/dp/1988344301 Visit the show content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/mike-drak-interview-how-to-have-a-fun-exciting-meaningful-never-boring-unretirement To subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Devon Zagory: Food Safety Scientist Turns Reluctant Entrepreneur
Today Carl talks with Devon Zagory -- one of the world's foremost experts on food safety. Not so exciting, you might think. But Devon's life journey has been anything but boring. This hippie college dropout hitchhiked around the world, found clarity in drug exploration and ends up not only graduating from college but obtaining a PHD and a second degree, with a passion for helping poor farmers in rural countries around the world. After years of financial struggles, Devon became a reluctant entrepreneur and eventually a multi-millionaire. It's quite a trip! And now he shares what he is discovering about himself in (un)retirement. It's fascinating. • To subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com • For more information, visit the web blog: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Devon-Zagory-interview-Food-Safety-Superhero For more information, visit the show notes at https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Devon-Zagory-interview-Food-Safety-Superhero
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Val Haller: Music Maven with a Good Beat!
Our show is now way more cool with this week's guest, Val Haller. She is the founder of Val's List, which is a boutique music site unlike any other. She creates awesome playlists just for 50+, so they can easily get to know new groups on the scene. Val is a high energy, right brain-artist-entrepreneur who wants to bring great music to everyone...one note at a time. You'll be motivated whether you're a music aficinanto or novice. A fun listen to someone truly young at heart! • For more information about Val Haller: https://www.valslist.com • To subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com For more information, visit the show notes at https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Val-Haller-Interview-Bringing-Music-to-the-People
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Andy Levine: Mr. Second Act Stories Host Juggling His Own Second Act
This week's interview was different, as Carl interviewed the person that may be the all-time expert about (un)retirement. Over the last 3 years, Andy Levine has interviewed 90+ guests for his own show". He also happens to be in the process right now of creating his own Second Act. He's phasing out of his big-time career and "testing out" 5 completely different acts. It's a lot of trial and error. And predictably he provides a whole boatload of amazing (Un)Retirement advice! For more information about Andy Levine: https://www.secondactstories.org To subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com For more information, visit the show notes at https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Andy-Levine-Interview-The-Master-Becomes-the-Student
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Bo Sacks: High Times with Media Renaissance Man
This weeks' interview with media icon Bo Sacks was surprising and super fun! Bo had some big time jobs with NY publishers McCall's, New York Times Magazine Group, Ziff Davis and others. But his roots were from the Alternative Presses (part of the secret underground newspaper world) in the '60's and then in the '70's he helped start High Times Magazine. Bo has developed a non-traditional approach to (un)retirement, always including a side gig in his life--whether as a lecturer, world traveler, fireman, politician and more! All while running his media consulting business Precision Media Group. For more information about Bo Sacks go to: http://www.bosacks.com To subscribe to the 'I Used to be Somebody" newsletter go to: https://pickleballmediahq.com
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Dr. James Beckett: Sports Card Industry Icon, Super Mentor, and Prolific Podcaster
Carl interviews Dr. James Beckett, who combined his great love of sports and math to found and build up the largest sports and entertainment collectibles media company in the world. He has led over 5,000 mentoring meetings and now has a daily podcast. Get ready to be inspired! • Check out the Dr. James Beckett: Sports Card Insights podcast • This week we're sponsored by 032 Outsourcing: Call 214.403.3755 or visit: https://032outsourcing.com • To subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody Newsletter visit: https://pickleballmediahq.com
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Richard Haiduck: Life Science Exec Shifting Gears to First Time Author at 73
Carl is ecstatic when he discovers that this week's guest Richard Haiduck not only actually plays pickleball, but he knows that Miami University is actually in Ohio not Florida. Richard Haiduck talks about amazing stories he learned when writing Shifting Gears: 50 Baby Boomers Share Their Meaningful Journeys in Retirement. Richard has a remarkable life in his own right. He has had the opportunity to live around the world, been CEO of many successful Biotech companies and created a very rewarding consulting business, where he mentored new CEO's. Richard, age 73, just published his first book and still cycles 3,000+ miles a year! • To learn more about Richard Haiduck visit: https://richardhaiduck.com • This Week we're sponsored by 032 Outsourcing: Call 214.403.3755 or visit: https://032outsourcing.com • To subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody Newsletter visit: https://pickleballmediahq.com
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Chris Farrell: Triple Threat -- Journalist, Economist, Radio Host, Purpose and a Paycheck!
Best-selling author, radio host and economist Chris Farrell combined scholarly research with firsthand reporting to debunk the popular myth that an aging population is a burden on the economy. People in the second half of life can be as creative, innovative and entrepreneurial as their younger peers! To learn more about Chris Farrell visit: https://chrisfarrell.net This Week we're sponsored by 032 Outsourcing: Call 214.403.3755 or visit: https://032outsourcing.com
35 minutes | 3 months ago
#1 Voted Best Episode of 2020
The "I Used to be Somebody" #1 voted podcast episode winner goes to (drum roll)...Debb McColloch Debb McColloch explains what it was like to go from a big time job with a $100 million dollar budget and 75+ people working for her to the very next day (retirement), when no one wants your opinion! Whether we want to admit it or not, our career defines some part of our identity. Deborah explains how she figured it all out and gives some great (Un)Retirement advice! To learn more about Deborah McColloch and one of the many non-profits she works with, go to New Kensington Community Development Corporation: https://nkcdc.org Sign up for our I used to be Somebody newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
39 minutes | 5 months ago
Mark Shaiken: Discovering his Wonderful "Afterlife" Beyond 41 Years of Law
Mark Shaiken talks with Carl about what comes next after a big career as a successful attorney. The questions started in his 50’s-- “Well, what else can I do?” The answers were not so easy for him then. “It’s sort of a loaded question,” said Mark. “The truth is there are lots of things we can do.” Carl agreed that sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in something when you're pretty good at it. Decades can fly by. You don't need to be an attorney to learn so much from this interview about being "stuck" and how to figure out how to bust through to the next new thing. Mark wrote a terrific book about this adventure, “And... Just Like That: Essays on a life before, during and after the law” To learn more about Mark Shaiken visit https://www.markshaikenphoto.com To subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" newsletter visit https://pickleballmediahq.com
42 minutes | 5 months ago
Debb McColloch: Big Time Housing Director Finds Her Right (Un)Retirement Plan
Debb McColloch explains what it was like to go from a big time job with a $100 million dollar budget and 75+ people working for her to the very next day (retirement), when no one wants your opinion! Whether we want to admit it or not, our career defines some part of our identity. Deborah explains how she figured it all out and gives some great (Un)Retirement advice! • To learn more about Deborah McColloch and one of the many non-profits she works with, go to New Kensington Community Development Corporation: https://nkcdc.org • Sign up for our I used to be Somebody newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
45 minutes | 5 months ago
Mike Krukow: Star Athlete with an Incredible 30 year Second Act!
The one-and-only Mike Krukow was this week's guest. Just so happens Carl is a HUGE San Francisco Giants fan and interviewing one of his personal heroes was a major thrill! Mike was not only a star pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and then the SF Giants, but after his playing days were over, he eventually found his way to broadcasting, becoming one half of the the most famous sports broadcasting duos in the country. Mike shares incredible (Un)Retirement advice.: "Don't EVER retire! What's so wonderful about life is that there are so many new surprises to explore... you just have to look for them." • To learn more about Mike Krukow and how to donate to the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation: https://www.nvchildrenscancer.org/giants/ • Sign up for our I used to be Somebody newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com For more information, visit the show notes at https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/mike-krukow-interview-winning-strategies-for-life
40 minutes | 5 months ago
Barry Pincus: CFO Connection to Barry Manilow, George Steinbrenner and Martha Stewart! And now a Second Act starts at 67!
Barry Pinkus is a Financial Wiz who is anything but boring! He's had an exciting career working with the likes of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, Martha Stewart, and a whole line-up of other "characters" he's worked for. Barry's got a hilarious story about Steinbrenner and Jerry Seinfeld (what could be better?). And at 67 is defining a new role for himself! • Learn more about Barry Pincus: https://www.techcxo.com/team_members/barry-pincus • Sign up for our newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
42 minutes | 5 months ago
Jim Roddy: Media Exec Turns Biz Coach with "The Walk on Method"
Jim Roddy is our guest this week, talking about his new book, The Walk on Method to Career & Business Success. It takes a unique skill set to have the courage to persevere and achieve your goals as a college athlete, particularly without the benefit of being recruited or having a scholarship. Carl and Jim discuss what it's like to be the underdog and what habits it takes to have a successful career and enjoy (Un)Retirement success. More about Jim Roddy: http://www.jimroddycba.com Sign up for our newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
27 minutes | 6 months ago
Michela O’Connor Abrams: Successful CEO, Personal Adversity, New Beginnings!
Michela O’Connor Abrams charged ahead 30+ years ago as one of the very few female CEOs in magazine publishing. As the CEO of Dwell Media, she grew a small magazine about esoteric design to a global, 7-platform media brand. Then she faced deep personal tragedy four years ago. Michela is now bouncing back with a new future plan and still doing what she loves to do! • More info about Michela O'Connor Abrams: https://www.mocaplussf.com/about • Sign up for our newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com
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