April 14, 2022
Second Breaks 179 Leaving The Career You Worked Hard to Build with Paula Adler

“My coach told me, ‘Look, all you’re talking about is who you’re leaving behind and who you’re disadvantaging […]Tell me now, in 33 years, what have you given to the firm?’ ” — Paula Adler

Sometimes, we stumble upon the answer when we’re not directly asking the question.

In this episode (the second one in the Un-Retirement series), we’ll hear how Paula Adler figured out her post-retirement career while she was busy looking for something else.


Paula Adler is a certified life and leadership coach. She is a force for positive transformation, enabling clients to explore both their current realities and potential for future success. She leverages her achievements and personal growth to support others in navigating life’s trenches and transitions.

Paula retired from her long, fulfilling career at PwC to start a new career as an executive coach. But her post-retirement career is, one might say, accidental. Paula wasn’t looking for a new career. She wasn’t even thinking of leaving the one she had at the time. She was on a different quest — one of self-discovery. While she was on that quest, she discovered a new calling, which ended up being her post-retirement career.


  • How Paula Adler discovered a path to a new career, following a rich and fulfilling corporate career
  • The whole process – from the decision, to working through her fears, to facing the guilt and planning for her new life
  • What it meant to leave a career she worked hard to build
  • Her life and priorities after retiring from her corporate career


iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching)
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About the Host: Lou Blaser

A former management consultant and IT leader, Lou Blaser is the editor of Midlife Cues and the host of the Second Breaks podcast. She is also the author of Break Free: The Courage to Reinvent Yourself and Your career. Lou’s work is focused on exploring how to navigate, thrive, and turn midlife into the best phase in our life.