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Coming Unstuck: A Step Up To Greatness Podcast

Coming Unstuck: A Step Up To Greatness Podcast

By Dustin Gruss
Past experiences. Circumstance. Complacency. Limiting self-belief. Fear. Just a few of the many factors that cripple and strand us to a particular point in our lives. A point that we want to move on from, but we can't seem to get anywhere. We're stuck.
But what if it is easier to move on than we think? That's where I come in.
I'm Dustin Gruss, certified personal trainer and life coach, but others know me as THE Greatness Facilitator. And whether it my stories, tricks, hacks or stories from others, we will help you come "Unstuck" and then you can keep moving forward and step up to greatness.
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Stop Moving Forward
What's the one thing I heard growing up as a kid that I took a little too literally back then but now know it is important to listen to with the hustle and bustle of life? A saying that has me shift from what I normally sign off with and use as a slogan. Tune in for that saying and stick around for some tips to take better care of yourself.
July 30, 2021
Coming Unstuck at 40
Yup, I'm out of my 30s. Join me as I reflect on my lessons and experiences as well as look to the future.
July 8, 2021
Developing Confidence As A Tool For Success
Chicken? Or the egg? Does success bring confidence or can confidence bring success? Many people think that you have to be good at something before you can be confident at it. But can you do it the other way around? Can you show confidence and determination in something first and then find success? That's the question I explore in today's episode and give you examples on how to create confidence for yourself.
June 10, 2021
Living A Life With Perseverance
A river cuts through a rock not because of power, but because of persistence. Has the world gone soft? Do YOU give up at the first sign of resistance? It seems as though the values of perseverance and tenacity have fallen and now sit behind "the easy path," even though they could lead to VERY different destinations. In a follow up to my overcoming rejection episode, I share my own story of a recent time that I needed perseverance and ways to bring back perseverance in your life.
June 3, 2021
Overcoming Dikembe Mutumbo
"No, no, no!" Mutombo says emphatically as he swats away the object each person tries to put an object into a goal. It's a beloved commercial by many... But what if you're the person trying to make a goal? Do you struggle with rejection? Being told no or turned away from something you want? In today's episode we discuss some tools and tactics to overcome rejection.
May 5, 2021
Make Life More Magical
Maybe it's because of a global pandemic. Or maybe it's just how life has gotten to be over the years because you felt "comfortable." But either way, chances are you're probably not using the adjectives "thrilling," "exciting" or "magical" to describe your life. And it doesn't have to be one of those every day, but maybe you could use a spark here or there to help you refocus, reignite, or rediscover something about you, your work or your relationships. This episode is geared at helping you do just that. Make Life More Magical.
April 26, 2021
Being Done By Noon with Dave Ruel, Author/Speaker/Leadership Mentor/Podcast Host
Do you have a lot you want to accomplish but there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day? What if I told you that my guest for this episode has a thriving career as a serial entrepreneur, Speaker, Best Selling Author, Leadership Mentor AND hosts his own podcast- and he built this empire while following his "Done By Noon" program?  In this episode I speak with Dave Ruel, author of best selling book "Done By Noon" and host of a podcast by the same name, the "Done By Noon Podcast." The two of us talk about his beginnings as a physique competitor, how he transitioned and created his company Effic which helps create more leaders and coaches, and we talk about his principles and rules for balancing work and life, a.k.a. being done with your work by noon.  For more on Dave Ruel and for some free tools and trainings, check out  Be sure to check out his podcast as well,
April 9, 2021
How To "Real" In Your Expectations
In this episode I share listener experiences and give you tips on how to "real" in your expectations when they don't line up with reality. Does your imagination or fear get the best of you sometimes? Do you go into situations with too high of expectations? Or are you constantly worried that something might happen without any realistic indication that it will? Thanks to some wonderful people I share some examples with you of when we let our expectations get away from us. And not just for juicy stories, I equip you with some strategies to reel in, or "real" in, those expectations.
April 2, 2021
Finding Professional Courage During A Pandemic With Career Coach, Kris McGuigan
In this episode I interview Professional Courage Founder and CEO, Kris McGuigan. Their mission: to unleash the potential of my their clients through individual professional career coaching, keynote and breakout session corporate training, personal branding and resume assistance and more. In our conversation hear about the history of Professional Courage, the direction they're headed and the trends they have seen and assistance they've been able to provide during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on McGuigan and Professional Courage, check them out at
March 19, 2021
Acknowledging Your True Feelings And State of Health w/ Archie Messersmith-Bunting
In this episode I interview "The Feelings Guy," Archie Messersmith-Bunting, of  Archie was living what many would call "the dream life" as a successful stage actor in the biggest city, New York. But then addiction and depression led him down a path he never expected, to a place where he felt so stuck that the only way he saw "out" was through suicide. After an unsuccessful attempt, Archie began piecing his life together and realized just how important being aware and honest about your feelings can be. How it can not only save your life, but how it could also save someone else's. Archie Messersmith-Bunting champions mental health awareness worldwide at corporations and universities. Last year, Archie transitioned to full-time speaker and consultant providing leadership, mental health and alcohol & drug prevention education.
March 10, 2021
Escaping Your Story with Samantha Hodder
In our second interview episode of the year, I speak with audio producer and writer, Samantha Hodder, who started doing podcasts way back in 2012. However, the production that goes into her podcasts are parallel to that of a high quality audiobook. Following years of feeling stuck with writing and producing, and battling the challenges that the pandemic has brought to many creators, she decided to codify what she has learned over many years from these experiences, and created a 10 Day Email course, called Escape Your Story. It’s a mix-n-match of lessons from screenwriting, podcasting, journaling and mindful meditation, brought right to your inbox, for 10 days. After listening to our interview be sure to check out the resources and her page below.
February 24, 2021
How Being Specific Will Help You Get Unstuck
In an all new solo episode, we continue unpacking "The Unstuck Method" with step 3 of the method. We've already uncovered the U and N, and in this episode we get "specific" with what the S stands for and how it will help get you out of the place where you've been feeling stuck.  When you specify what it is you are focusing on and specify deadlines for you to meet you are more likely to put in the work needed to get you moving in the direction of greatness. Need help with any of the steps so far? Please feel free to reach out at .  
February 18, 2021
Performance Coach/Author, Alan Stein Jr.
What started as a passion for a game at the age of 5, Performance Coach and Author, Alan Stein Jr., took that passion for basketball and over the next several decades transformed it into a training career working with likes of top elite athletes such as Kevin Durant and the late Kobe Bryant. If that wasn't enough, he took the principles he with these high performers and transformed them into high performance concepts applicable to the corporate and business world. Listen in as we talk about his journey to becoming a performance coach and trainer to some of the top basketball players in the world, his transition into speaking, the surprising genres he picks up new speaking skills from and some insight into some of the ideas he shares in his book, "Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets From The Best of The Best." You can pick up his book here:
February 5, 2021
10 Ways To Boost Happiness
Everyone was expecting the simple change of the year on the calendar was going to make everything better than what was the dumpster fire of 2020. But has that been the case for you so far? Or are you struggling to find the happiness you had been looking for? In this episode of Coming Unstuck, I share with you 10 ways to boost your happiness that have nothing to do with simply changing the date. Be sure to share with someone else who could use a little happiness. 
January 31, 2021
Ways You're Making Life Harder
Are you guilty of complaining about how hard life is sometimes? Did you know that YOU might be the reason it's that hard? Yea, I said it. But take 12 minutes to hear me out and see if you can identify one of the things you might be doing that is making your life harder than it has to be.  
January 21, 2021
Welcome to Coming Unstuck
After a couple years under the SU2G moniker, I've switched my focus on my coaching and on my podcast of helping people avoid the tragedy of being stuck when you can be somewhere greater. In this first episode I share a bit of my story and unveil the first part of my "Unstuck Method."
January 10, 2021
Bounce Back
You can't always get what you want. Some times in life, you'll actually be rejected. But should we let the rejection destroy all the good we have going and all that life has to offer us? NO! In this episode I share ways to bounce back from rejection.
December 31, 2020
Become Your Own Hero
It's great to look up to other people, but it's even better to be the hero of your own story. In this episode we examine what it takes to become your own hero.
December 24, 2020
Finding Purpose and Passion
Do your days just blend together? Are they lacking excitement? Maybe it's time to change the way you do things and bring more passion, energy and purpose into your daily life. I give you strategies how in this week's episode.
December 17, 2020
Why Being A Perfectionist Can Cost You Happiness
Nobody's perfect and nobody can get everything perfect. But if trying to be perfect keeping you from making progress? Does it keep you from experiencing joy. In this week's episode I go over some reasons why you just may want to give up the perfectionist lifestyle.
December 10, 2020
Intruder Alert! Get Those Negative Thoughts Out of Your Head!
Do you let your thoughts consume you and your time? Do they affect your happiness and productivity? You're not alone. We ALL have thoughts that can be intrusive, shocking or even scary if we let our minds go there. But, in this episode I give you some tips and strategies on how to overcome those thoughts, including taking them head on.  #controlyourthoughts #dontletyourthoughtscontrolyou #youcanovercome #itsokaytoneedhelp #thursdaythoughts #intrusivehtoughts #lifecoach #lifecoaching #publicspeaker #motivationalspeaker #greatnessfacilitator #keepmovingforward #stepuptogreatness
December 3, 2020
Little Things That Can Flip Your Mood The Most
Between a pandemic, controversial election, changing jobs and facing other big moments in life, no one could blame you for your mood being all over the place in 2020. But did you realize that it's really the small, day to day things that affect your mood the most? In this episode I share some of what has had my mood flipping on a dime and help point out the things to either pay attention to or avoid when it comes to your mood.
November 19, 2020
Neutrality as the Mentality
Do we let our emotions and thoughts, whether positive or negative, dictate the way we live our lives too much? What would life be like if you had the tendency to look at things more subjectively? In this episode we talk about living life with an even keel mindset.
November 12, 2020
How to Recharge Without Spending Money on an Expensive Retreat
Many people, including myself, have relied on retreats to refill, renew, re-energize and sometimes just relief from their daily lives. In this episode I share with you tips and strategies on how to get the same benefits of a retreat without spending the big money sometimes associated with retreats. With these strategies you can have your retreat at home and "recharge without spending money on an expensive retreat." And with a full battery you can keep moving forward and step up to greatness.
October 22, 2020
How to Stay Focused and Seize Opportunities
As you look back on moments in your life, do you feel like you missed opportunities? Do you feel like you weren't as focused as you needed to be? Do you think you would be living a different life had you seized the opportunities?  In this episode I share with you tips and tricks on how to stay focused and in tune with what's around you so you can seize the opportunities and transform your life. 
August 13, 2020
How to be Authentic
Do you spend a lot of your time pretending to be somebody you're not? Doesn't that drain your energy and your soul? In this podcast episode, I talk about the importance of being authentic and give you values, ideas and practices to follow to protect your authenticity. You want to make sure the people in your life know the real, authentic YOU.  As a bonus, if you visit this "How to be Authentic" episode at my website,, you can download a page of affirmations that go along with this episode, titled,"I am Authentically, me" for you to review and reflect on as often as you wish to stay grounded in the real you.
August 6, 2020
Put Your Pants On
Yea, 2020 has been messed up and we've gotten comfortable with sitting in our house all day in our pj's. But it is time to get moving again and create the life you really want for yourself. And a big part of that, believe it or not, is your clothes. In this episode I discuss how your clothes can affect your mood, how people view you and even your health and fitness. 
July 24, 2020
Tidy Up Your Net Usage
Does using the internet control much of your time, energy and emotions? In the midst of a current personal social media hiatus, I made some discoveries and have strategies to help curb your usage and the negative aspects too much internet can have on your life. 
July 17, 2020
What a Waste!!
Yes, life and society as we know it has been altered over the last 4 months plus, but were you wasting valuable time before then? Are you wasting good years of your life now? In this episode I go over 8 signs that you are wasting precious time in your life and some simple solutions to fix them.
July 10, 2020
Walk Up Mentality
Music has long been a bridge that connects athletes to big moments as it increases their adrenaline, confidence and focus. If it works for the athletes, don't you think it can work for us and our daunting tasks?
June 25, 2020
The Second Half Means More
Let's face it, 2020 hasn't been what any of us have expected. But we still got the second half of the year to transform our lives and the lives of others. I share with you some strategies to do just that.
June 18, 2020
Daily Diet vs Dieting
As many COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and we return to society, some of us do so a little heavier with what is being referred to as "The Quarantine 15." With summer here you may be looking to quick shed some of that extra weight, but do you want a quick fix or something sustainable, long term? In this episode I discuss the suggestions I usually make with my training clients.
June 11, 2020
Listen and Learn First
With so much divisiveness in our country we are continuing to push ourselves further apart because we are not thinking before we speak nor are we taking the time to talk and listen to other people's perspectives. As a country we need to educate ourselves, come together and speak up.
June 4, 2020
Foster Father Experience
It's the last week of Foster Care Month and we are approaching one year since we've been licensed as foster parents. For this episode I decided to share what this last year has been like.
May 28, 2020
No Fear
Are you letting the unknown keep you from living your life to the fullest? Are you stuck in place, worried that if you do anything the worst possible thing will happen? It is time to shift that fear into excitement and live your life.
May 21, 2020
Decisions, Decisions
As our leaders have to make continuous difficult decisions regarding our safety and the economy, you might be faced with decisions of your own, COVID related or not. This episode is all about the things you should factor in when it comes to making a big decision in life. 
May 14, 2020
Hold the Line
No, we're not talking telephones here. This episode is all about setting and upholding boundaries in order to not stretch yourself too thin and become the best version of yourself by pursuing the things that are important to you.
May 7, 2020
Avoid Despair- Don't Compare
"The reasons why we struggle with insecurity is we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." -Steven Furtick Do you wish you were more like someone else or wish you had their life? STOP. IT. NOW. In this podcast episode I discuss the importance of realizing your own self-worth and living your life by avoiding comparison.    
April 30, 2020
Create Experiences That Create Positivity
Have you been overwhelmed with things going on in your life? Do you feel like you don't get to do things that you enjoy? Do you even know what brings you joy anymore? In this episode I share an activity with you that will help you zero in on the person you are now and the things that bring you joy.
April 23, 2020
Keep Your 'Ships Afloat
As we go through the ups and downs of life one of the most important things to have to help us along the way are meaningful relationships. In this episode I discuss ways to make new friends as well as ways to nurture our friendships. 
April 16, 2020
Go To Sleep...After This
Do you struggle to get the quantity or quality rest you need each night in order for you to function at an optimal level the next day? Do you stay up late watching the minutes on the clock pass, worrying about how rough tomorrow is going to be if you don't fall asleep, NOW? In this episode I share with you some tips and tricks on how to fall asleep sooner and get the quality rest you need. 
April 9, 2020
Lifestyle Transformations Start in Your Mind (Part 2) Ft. Jake Glatz
In the second part of this two-part episode, former client, real estate powerhouse and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, Jake Glatz, comes by to tell us about his healthy lifestyle transformation. We discuss how he overcame his fear of joining a gym, hiring a trainer and how everything since has led him to be the health conscious person he is. Want proof? Check out his transformation photos! 
April 2, 2020
Lifestyle Transformations Start in Your Mind (Part 1) ft. Jake Glatz
It's a special treat when one of your past clients moves on to do great things and returns to talk about it. That is the case with this two-part episode when former client, real estate powerhouse and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, Jake Glatz, comes by to talk about life, real estate and setting yourself up financially for the home and lifestyle you want in this first episode.  Tune in for Part 2 when we talk about how he transformed his health and way of thinking when he overcame his fear and hired a trainer.  Jake is one half of a dynamic duo, Jake+Yub, operating out of Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in Real Estate, Lifestyle and more. Visit them on Facebook:
March 26, 2020
Dive Inside Your Mind and Into Action
Does fear mess with your mind and lead you to experience the feeling of what's known as, "imposter syndrome?" In this episode I give you some quick tips and tricks to help you detect and overcome those negative thoughts.
March 19, 2020
Your Own Health
With all the news floating about and changing concerning the latest pandemic, I share my simple opinion on the matter and my suggestion: focusing on your own health and being kind to others.  
March 12, 2020
From Madness to Sadness- Sort it Out
Following up last week's episode of getting over anger, I provide several ways to get through your times of sadness.
March 5, 2020
People Don't Like it When You're Angry
Anger is an emotion we all experience, but if left unchecked or unresolved, it can have devastating effects on our health and our lives. I provide several tools to help release that anger.
February 27, 2020
Keys to Journaling with Allison Bugno
In this episode I talk to my colleague, Allison, about her history and strategies with journaling and how it has impacted her life.
February 20, 2020
Journaling as a Tool for Greatness
Realizing I had mentioned utilizing some form of journaling or another in multiple conversations over the last week, thought it made sense to talk about it here. In this episode I reference the purpose of a food journal and a gratitude journal. 
February 13, 2020
Don't be a Vic
In this episode I discuss several topics relevant to working towards the person you want to become that are brought up in Eric Thomas' book, "Greatness is Upon You." I help you decipher the difference between reputation and character, as well as how to tell if you're playing "the victim."
February 6, 2020
Dreams and Decisions
The things you really want out of life are achievable, you just have to continue to make the small decisions as well as the big ones that line up with what you want. 
January 30, 2020
Turn the '20 on it's side (Saying No)
We can all be guilty of taking too much on because we don't want to disappoint people, often putting our life on hold. In this episode, I share with you polite ways to say no to people without feeling bad about it so you can stay true to your priorities. To make '20 more productive,  turn it on it's side and say "No."
January 23, 2020
Taking Action with Mr. Motivator, Jamole Callahan
In this first interview episode of 2020, Dustin interviews Jamole Callahan who is a trainer, motivational speaker, foster care advocate and hat wearer  of many other sorts. After spending time growing up in the foster system himself, Jamole has spent most of his adult life working to protect and give a voice to the kids in the foster system. He's even been a major catalyst for a bill that's to be voted on to provide housing for kids that age out of the foster system.
January 16, 2020
Getting More Done in 2020
Dustin shares tips that he is implementing himself to have a more productive 2020.
January 9, 2020
Happiness in 2020
In this first episode of 2020 Dustin shares some tips and tricks to bring more positivity and happiness to your life for the next year. 
January 2, 2020
"Daring to Dream More" Dream Manager, Jonathan Dunn
In this episode Dustin interviews his first guest for the second time, Jonathan Dunn, catching up on all that he's been up to with The Dream Manager Program since their first interview back in the start of 2018. They also discuss current and future endeavors of Dunn's including a YouTube channel and a book.
September 24, 2019
Feel the Feelings
In this episode Dustin Gruss, THE Greatness Facilitator, talks about the importance of feeling the emotions we experience versus being sheltered or stuffing our own feelings down. Dustin also provides an exercise to help process our feelings, using a tool provided by "101 Tools Life Coaches Use."  Intro and Outro is "My Stress" performed by NF, off his 2019 album, "The Search"
August 6, 2019
"Who am I?"
In this episode, Dustin Gruss shares a little more about his history and how he came to be THE Greatness Facilitator and why he's so passionate about helping people- because he once felt lost as well.
April 27, 2019
"Transitions Still Move You Forward" Career Coach, Kris McGuigan
In this episode, Dustin Gruss, THE Greatness Facilitator, interviews Kris McGuigan, THE Top Resume Writer in Cleveland who is also a Career Coach and is expanding her reach into the corporate world and covering more of the country. Hear how McGuigan's upbringing played into her career path, how she discovered her passion and how she came back to it after having put it on pause for other life events. McGuigan and Gruss also share a few stories and McGuigan shares some advice and where you can find more information about her company, Professional Courage.
February 20, 2019
"This Girl is on Fire" Entrepreneur, Jasmine McCarthy
In this episode of the SU2G Podcast, THE Greatness Facilitator, Dustin Gruss, interviews another old friend from his high school days that has moved on to big things, Jasmine McCarthy. McCarthy talks about how her upbringing helped her develop the drive that led her to be an entrepreneur and owner of 2 successful businesses today. She also has great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Listen to Jasmine's story and her advice here. 
February 5, 2019
"Overcoming Odds to Lift up Others" Morning Radio Show Host, Jon Cupo
In this episode of the SU2G Podcast, Dustin reminisces and speaks with Cleveland morning radio show host of "The Jon Cupo Show," Jon Cupo. Cupo has spent a good part of just over the last decade moving all over the country, chasing his dreams of hosting a prominent radio show and has used his various platforms to not only entertain, but to help lift up others. Cupo has been doing so all while fighting his own daily battle with a highly severe diagnosis of bipolar disorder.  They discuss his battle, why he does what he does and how he uses those opportunities to overcome his days of struggle to brighten the days of others.
January 30, 2019
"Love & Affliction" Author, Timothy Beidleman
In this episode, Dustin speaks with Timothy Beidleman about his upbringing and how he found his faith, how his faith affects his work now and about his book, "Love and Affliction" which Beidleman had just published on Amazon.
April 18, 2018
Lessons in Losing
In this episode, Dustin breaks from the norm of interviewing others and instead shares a recent experience and the lessons he learned by NOT winning a speech competition he was confident he was going to win. Intro and outro song belong to Switchfoot, "Live it Well(Acoustic)"
April 10, 2018
Dream Manager, Jonathan Dunn
SU2G: Step Up To Greatness Podcast Episode 1, Interview with Dream Manager, Jonathan Dunn. In this first episode Dustin interviews his good friend and mentor who encouraged Dustin to make a major change in his life 4 years ago and is now leading others to their dreams. The two discuss Dunn's upbringing, his faith and what brought him to where he is/ what he's doing now as a Certified Dream Manager.
February 12, 2018
Destined Legend, PT/Writer Drew Mitchell
SU2G: Step Up To Greatness Podcast episode 2 interview with personal trainer and writer Drew Mitchell. I'm this episode Dustin interviews his first trainer, Drew Mitchell, about his faith, His experience in the fitness industry and his aspirations as a writer who wants to see his self-published books turned into movies.
February 10, 2018
"That's Funny, Man." Comedian, Greg Kennedy
In this episode, Dustin interviews former colleague, Greg Kennedy, who's story is inspiring because he is betting on himself- moving to Chicago to pursue his dream of making it as a comedian. 
January 21, 2018