48 episodes

I Used to Be Somebody inspires 50+ year old former entrepreneurs and execs to build their (Un)Retired good life. Each week we interview cool, inspiring people about their retirement challenges and why and how they figured it out—turning this phase of life into an incredible, rewarding reality.

It's for people who don't want to retire--they just want to do something new that is more fun and less grind! Oh, and there's a little talk about Pickleball.

I Used to be Somebody Carl Landau

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 59 Ratings

I Used to Be Somebody inspires 50+ year old former entrepreneurs and execs to build their (Un)Retired good life. Each week we interview cool, inspiring people about their retirement challenges and why and how they figured it out—turning this phase of life into an incredible, rewarding reality.

It's for people who don't want to retire--they just want to do something new that is more fun and less grind! Oh, and there's a little talk about Pickleball.

    Robin Pajaro: Former Chef Gets Her Groove Back!

    Robin Pajaro: Former Chef Gets Her Groove Back!

    Anyone who launches a new business called "Coco's Cocktail Caravan" must be interesting. This week's guest is Robin Pajaro, who has had one of the most adventurous journeys we've heard. At 20, she took a trip to Africa and ends up not coming home for 3 years. She then sailed the seas as a chef on private yachts. She also attended culinary school and spent 25 years in the hospitality industry. Years after working super-hard to establish a name for herself in the Ritz Carlton empire plus a few other gigs, a very unusual offer draws her back into the business and leads her to her passion again--and to a super fun second act. (Or is it 3rd? or 4th?) Either way, Robin's story is a wild ride that you'll love!
    • More about Robin Pajaro: https://www.themobilecoco.com/about
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/robin-pajaro-interview-former-chef-gets-her-groove-back
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    • 48 min
    Steven Petrow: Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old

    Steven Petrow: Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old

    We had a true celebrity sighting this week on the show. Carl has a great time learning and laughing with Steven Petrow, the award-winning journalist, advice columnist, and book author. Steven is also well known for his appearances on NPR, TED talk fame and Washington Post and New York Times essays on all sorts of subjects, including aging, health and social civility. In this episode, he shares insights with us about his latest book, "Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Older".  He talks about watching his parents grow older and other difficult subjects in an incredibly personal, honest way---and he does it with humor and grace. Just sit back, listen and enjoy!
    • More about Steven Petrow: https://stevenpetrow.com
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/steven-petrow-interview-how-to-age-with-grace-wisdom-humor-and-hope
    • This Week's Sponsor Capital Advantage: https://capitaladvantage.com/podcast
    • This Week's Sponsor LoveMyHeartStudy.com: https://lowercholesterol.study/?utm_source=pickleball&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=lovemyheartstudy
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    • 38 min
    Mark Shaiken: Discovering his Wonderful "Afterlife" Beyond 41 Years of Law

    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,” says 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 from this interview about being "stuck" and how to figure out how to bust through to the next new thing. Mark wrote a memoir about his adventure, “And... Just Like That: Essays on a life before, during and after the law”
    At the 32:23 time mark you can listen to Carl's short update interview, hear from Mark about his wonderful "afterlife" and learn about his first fiction book, a legal thriller, called Fresh Start. The original interview aired one year ago.
    • Learn more about Mark Shaiken visit: https://www.markshaikenphoto.com/books
    • Episode Content:
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/mark-shaiken-interview-figuring-out-what-you-really-want
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    • 40 min
    Scott Miller: "Roger That" -- Pilot, Professor, Broadcaster and Tiki Aficionado!

    Scott Miller: "Roger That" -- Pilot, Professor, Broadcaster and Tiki Aficionado!

    Who would imagine that they would land their dream job in their mid-fifties? That is exactly what happened when Scott Miller, who even as a boy wanted to fly, finally became a pilot for a major commercial airline. This is a really interesting episode where Scott and Carl talk about facing their fears head on. And Carl is thrilled when he finally gets to talk Tiki with Scott, who has his own "bamboo rendezvous" in his home and is also part owner of the Jungle Bird tiki bar.
    Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/scott-miller-interview-roger-that-push-past-your-fears
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    • 35 min
    Dan Kennedy: Biz Publisher Creates Zen Life!

    Dan Kennedy: Biz Publisher Creates Zen Life!

    Super interesting episode this week with Carl's guest, Dan Kennedy. This is a first-- a guest who lived in a monastery with no talking and contact with the outside world in his youth. That experience had an amazingly positive effect on Dan Kennedy's life and Second Act. He had a big time career as a biz publisher mentoring hundreds of business people along the way and now is teaching MBA students. He even makes inroads in attempting to teach the Zen philosophy to our curmudgeon host.
     
    • More about Dan Kennedy: https://gsm.ucdavis.edu/profile/daniel-kennedy
     
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/dan-kennedy-interview-biz-publisher-creates-zen-life
     
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    • 40 min
    Bob Franceschelli: Big Time Beer Exec Turns into Pickleball Fanatic

    Bob Franceschelli: Big Time Beer Exec Turns into Pickleball Fanatic

    Carl is in seventh heaven having a chance to talk to the one and only Bob Franceschelli who had a big time career at Anheuser Busch and is now "a big muckety muck" in the world of Pickleball.
    They get to talk about the early days of the craft beer industry and the mindful planning required in developing a new passion in life. A whole potpourri of topics are covered, including their fondness of the Midwest, making homemade maple syrup, RVing, bad batches of homebrew and their mutual love of PICKLEBALL.
    • More about Bob Franceschelli: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertfranceschelli
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Bob-Franceschelli-Interview-Big-Time-Beer-Exec-and-now-Pickleball-Fanatic
    • Sponsored this week by LoveMyHeartStudy.com: https://lowercholesterol.study/?utm_source=pickleball&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=lovemyheartstudy
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

souljaboyfan420 ,

Inspiring

Funny, clever, and engaging. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in business, entrepreneurship, or aging gracefully.

SubZebra58 ,

Great stuff - really for everyone

I really enjoy the interviews! Not just for business execs or even just us oldsters. Recommend for all!

JackRabbitMister ,

Great show - and not just fir boomers

I really enjoyed this show. Wonderful insights plus the Pickleball bonus on top!

What’s most interesting to me is how so many of the stories resonate with my own experience.

Great mix of guests. Keep it coming!

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