60 episodes

If you're tired of hearing fluffy and shallow motivational talk skims the surface and does not do anything for you then we can relate.
On the Upward Spiral Podcast Davin Marceau (Army Ranger turned COO) and Cody Strate (Sales and Marketing Guru) set their egos aside, and openly discuss their professional and personal failures and success stories. They take on difficult topics and bring a no BS attitude in directly addressing what people really need to hear. Achieving meaningful growth is not an easy process, and Cody and Davin are not selling any quick fixes here. Rather, they focus on helping people form the foundational mindset needed to accept failure with grace, learn from your mistakes, recalibrate your approach, and redeploy with greater wisdom, grit, and determination to achieve transcendent growth on the professional and personal level.
The Upward Spiral Podcast is just real stories and unmitigated truth being delivered so you can effectively pursue meaningful growth. After all, in the game of life there are no participation trophies.

A WORD OF CAUTION | We are not for everybody, and that’s okay with us.

The Upward Spiral Cody Strate, Davin Marceau

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

If you're tired of hearing fluffy and shallow motivational talk skims the surface and does not do anything for you then we can relate.
On the Upward Spiral Podcast Davin Marceau (Army Ranger turned COO) and Cody Strate (Sales and Marketing Guru) set their egos aside, and openly discuss their professional and personal failures and success stories. They take on difficult topics and bring a no BS attitude in directly addressing what people really need to hear. Achieving meaningful growth is not an easy process, and Cody and Davin are not selling any quick fixes here. Rather, they focus on helping people form the foundational mindset needed to accept failure with grace, learn from your mistakes, recalibrate your approach, and redeploy with greater wisdom, grit, and determination to achieve transcendent growth on the professional and personal level.
The Upward Spiral Podcast is just real stories and unmitigated truth being delivered so you can effectively pursue meaningful growth. After all, in the game of life there are no participation trophies.

A WORD OF CAUTION | We are not for everybody, and that’s okay with us.

    The Mindset of Blame and Apology vs Taking Responsibility

    The Mindset of Blame and Apology vs Taking Responsibility

    Are you living a life of blame and apologies or a life of responsibility and accountability. Do you look to the circumstances that have happened to you and willingly take your hands off of the steering wheel of your life, or do you take responsibility and assert yourself to drive your life where you want it to go? Either way, the most important thing to realize is that you have a choice in the matter.

    In today's episode, we discuss mindset as it pertains to taking responsibility and finding fault externally. You will walk away with a mindset shift that you can use to take your life over and start steering towards where you want it to go, rather than constantly apologizing for how things turn out.

    • 38 min
    The Skill of Getting Back On Course & The Importance of Mentors

    The Skill of Getting Back On Course & The Importance of Mentors

    In this episode of the The Upward Spiral podcast, Cody discusses with Davin how he recently lost his direction for his business. They discuss what it's like when you know what you want to achieve and then find that after some time you've veered way off course. You peek your head up and don't recognize where you are or how to get back on track. We'll talk about mentors, which will be essential in helping guide you back on course so that you can accomplish what it is that brought you here in the first place. Mentors also help you recognize the greatest threat that faces you which is letting the world guide your direction too much. If you let the world have too much control of where you're going then you're only ever going to be mediocre. You're not going to be that unique person with the unique value that brought you here in the first place.

    • 30 min
    Adnan Hamid - Regional CIO CommonSpirit Health Pt. 2 | The Clash of Assimilation vs. Embracing One's Own Differences

    Adnan Hamid - Regional CIO CommonSpirit Health Pt. 2 | The Clash of Assimilation vs. Embracing One's Own Differences

    Adnan Hamid is a Regional CIO for CommonSpirit Health, which is the 2nd largest health system in the US with over 200 hospitals and $30B in revenue, and a board member for Rock Steady Boxing. This is the 2nd installment of a two-part podcast with Adnan, where the first episode was dedicated to the strategic benefits corporations can reap if they approach Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the proper manner. However, in this episode we get personal with Adnan. We talk about his own journey being a 1st generation child to grow up in the US from a Middle Eastern family of the Muslim faith. Adnan, spent most of his life bridging two worlds. One world was immersed in his family, faith, and culture. The other world was spent navigating Southern California American culture, and trying to fit in while being different. Adnan, became wired to adapt, assimilate, and fit in, but one day as an adult he was told it's okay to be different. He was encouraged to lean into those differences as something that should be celebrated. However, when you've spent your entire life trying to fit in purposely presenting yourself in a manner that's different from the cultural norms of your community can be quite scary. In this episode Adnan tells his story of what happens when is two independent worlds collide.

    • 31 min
    Adnan Hamid - Regional CIO CommonSpirit Health Pt. 1 | Diversity + Equity + Inclusion & It's Strategic Advantage

    Adnan Hamid - Regional CIO CommonSpirit Health Pt. 1 | Diversity + Equity + Inclusion & It's Strategic Advantage

    Adnan Hamid is a Regional CIO for CommonSpirit Health, which is the 2nd largest health system in the US with over 200 hospitals and $30B in revenue, and a board member for Rock Steady Boxing. Adnan is a leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and in this Part 1 of a 2 part series we talk about the strategic advantages of DEI. In addition we also talk about the hallmarks of organizations that do DEI all wrong.

    • 33 min
    Deconstructing Masculinity Pt 3 - We're All Dealing With the Same Pain | My Story of Diving Into The Darkness & Coming Out the Other Side

    Deconstructing Masculinity Pt 3 - We're All Dealing With the Same Pain | My Story of Diving Into The Darkness & Coming Out the Other Side

    My name is Cody Strate and this is my story in terms of how aspects of what I was taught about masculinity failed me. However, my story is almost every man's story. It is a story of self-inflicted hurt, pain, and isolation. Our families, communities, and culture taught us about masculinity, but these lessons did not adequately prepare us to identify our emotions, nor did it give us permission or the tools to deal with them. So what do we do? We bury it, we cram it down, we eat it, because anything short of that is admitting that we're not "strong" enough, and the last thing we can do is admit to our peers, our colleagues, our spouses, and ourselves that we have any form of "weakness". Does any of this sound familiar to you? Does the phrase "I'm fine" frequently come out of your mouth? Yup, me too.

    This is what we've been taught. But this approach of trying to be tough and never admitting weakness comes with a price: our marriages, health, friendships, and our ability to cope with stress quickly deteriorates.

    I know because I went through these years in my life where I was constantly suppressing the pressure cooker inside me; pretending like nothing was wrong while the pressure only increased. For me all of this pressure came out as me getting shingles due to intense stress when I was 35 and then blowing up at my loved ones. These were not good times, and I can say with confidence that if you or someone you love is going through this then it's time to stop lying to yourself. It's time to get help because the longer we refuse treatment for our feelings the more damage they will do in both our personal lives and careers.

    Admitting you have emotions, and attempting to deal with them is not weakness. Coming correct with this is one of the strongest things a man can do. Diving into the darkness to improve ourselves takes courage. I've walked this dark path. I know it's scary. However, through therapy I was able to rebuild my health, and rebuild my relationships. I don't have it all figured out, but I can tell you that getting on the backside of this is worth the struggle, and energy spent facing my demons. My life is now on an upward spiral professionally and personally.

    You're not alone.
    We share in your struggles.
    There is a better way.
    We are just like you.
    You can do this.

    • 47 min
    Deconstructing Masculinity Pt. 2 | Avoiding & Perpetuating Hurt

    Deconstructing Masculinity Pt. 2 | Avoiding & Perpetuating Hurt

    In this episode of the Upward Spiral Podcast, we continue with the topic of deconstructing masculinity, and look at why men avoid and perpetuate hurt. The previous episode evidently ruffled a lot of guy’s feathers because we received some interesting feedback across various social media platforms. The general notion of the comments, apart from the direct attacks calling us “beta-simps”, was that we were equating masculinity to something that was entirely bad or toxic. That is not what we're doing here. We are evaluating what we were taught about masculinity, how it manifests in our lives today, and we question if it is helping us live a rich and full life. We're trying to find a better way and we are glad you are here, and part of this conversation.

    • 48 min

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