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SU2G: Step Up To Greatness Podcast

SU2G: Step Up To Greatness Podcast

By Dustin Gruss
Living his life with a passion for helping people, Dustin Gruss knows that sometimes to succeed people have to be led by those who have done it before. In the Step Up to Greatness Podcast, Gruss completes interviews with people who inspire and do inspiring things, encouraging people to move forward in life and become the best versions of themselves. "Keep moving forward and step up to greatness. "
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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