115 episodes

Learn the craft of peeling away your armor so you can do work that you love.


Karl Staib interviews passionate people, so you can unlock your life's work and make a bigger impact in the world. In these interviews you'll learn how to grow your business and career, so you can help more people around the things that you truly care about.


It can start with a side hustle and expand into a business or it can be a passion project that helps people. As long as you are doing things that excite you and helps you grow, that's what matters. We dig deep to understand what stories we are telling ourself, learn from them and find the opportunities that were hidden from us because we haven't taken the time to process and calibrate our direction.

Dig to Fly Karl Staib

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

Learn the craft of peeling away your armor so you can do work that you love.


Karl Staib interviews passionate people, so you can unlock your life's work and make a bigger impact in the world. In these interviews you'll learn how to grow your business and career, so you can help more people around the things that you truly care about.


It can start with a side hustle and expand into a business or it can be a passion project that helps people. As long as you are doing things that excite you and helps you grow, that's what matters. We dig deep to understand what stories we are telling ourself, learn from them and find the opportunities that were hidden from us because we haven't taken the time to process and calibrate our direction.

    Get Back On Track with Corbett Barr

    Get Back On Track with Corbett Barr

    In this interview you’ll learn about how you get back up when you stumble in business. Corbett Barr is a serial entrepreneur who has started and sold businesses and now he helps other entrepreneurs grow their businesses. One of my favorite parts of this interview is how Corbett shares his failures and how he gets back on track.


    Highlights from the interview:


    Figuring out how to work through the struggle when you get knocked down.Cultivating a resilient mindset.Finding people who have failed, so you can learn from their mistakes.How to figure out if people want what you created.The core parts of making your business succeed.How do you cultivate a strong mindset.Why entrepreneurs should have a therapist.How to deal with the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur.How he processes his emotions, so he can grow from them.Understanding your patterns so you can manage them better.Noticing your blind spots and how to stay on course when you get knocked off track.Realizing your expectations, so you can navigate them.Why it’s important to have open communication with your spouse when building a business.The entrepreneur rule of five.Building your support network.Getting to know people face to face and how you can do this today.How a mastermind is so powerful.Finding people who can hold you accountable.Cultivating a group of true friends who are also building a business.Why we need a little struggle in our lives.The game of self honesty.Having difficult conversations is important in our careers.Trying different side hustles can teach you so much about yourself.Most impactful book and podcast.Favorite toy as a kid.Essential tool to stay focused on the important things.

    You can learn more about Corbett over at his website Corbett Barr. You can connect with him on Twitter. 


    And as always if you have any questions or want to submit a guest for the podcast that you think would be amazing just reach out on Dig to Fly and I’ll do my best to get them on. If you enjoy the interview please take 30 seconds to rate the Dig to Fly podcast on your favorite platform. Thanks!

    • 48 min
    Change Your Life in 60 Days with Ford Dyke

    Change Your Life in 60 Days with Ford Dyke

    In this interview you’ll learn about listening to your mind, body, and heart so you can reduce your stress and make better decisions. Dr. Ford Dyke teaches people about human performance optimization. One of my favorite parts of this interview is when Ford walks us through a relaxing breathing exercise.


    Highlights from the interview:


    How he sees life differently from other people.Nature and nurtureThere is a dependence between nature and nurture.Why he feels like an alien at times.Leaving this world a little bit better than he found it.How he cultivates his energy and the frame of mind.What his nighttime routine is and how it helps him prepare his mind and body for the next day.How he wakes up his body in the morning.The microbiome reregulates in our gut every six hours.How he has built a mindfulness platform at Auburn university.The difference between the brain and the mind.Our minds are deciding how we perceive our lives.We must work on not limiting ourselves.Why we need to work on being more present with our breath.Digging into how we perceive our lives.Being aware of our thoughts as they come and go.When you slow down and listen to your mind, body, and heart.Being consistent with small breaks to charge.Applying 60 for 60 during your day.Understanding the patterns in our lives, so we can make better decisions.Writing about how we are feeling.Building awareness starts with logging how we are feeling.Logging other parts of our lives, so we can understand ourselves better.Most impactful book, podcast, speaker, and favorite toy as a kid

    You can learn more about Ford over at his website Ford Dyke. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn and subscribe to his podcast - Preform.


    And as always if you have any questions or want to submit a guest for the podcast that you think would be amazing just reach out on Dig to Fly and I’ll do my best to get them on. If you enjoy the interview please take 30 seconds to rate the Dig to Fly podcast on your favorite platform. Thanks!

    • 57 min
    Make Quality Career Choices

    Make Quality Career Choices

    In this podcast I share the three levels of decision making that you should go through when you are making a complex career choice. I decided to talk directly to you, so you understand how to make better decisions that make a positive impact in your life.


    “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.” Jerzy GregorekWe don’t account for our future selves.Story - I recently struggled to make a choice. I was asked to do a speaking gig for free. It was a good opportunity to get in front of hundreds of my ideal customers, but it would have taken me away from my family.The old me would have said yes to the opportunity. The present me tries to find the opportunity in the situation even when there doesn’t seem like one.I could have said “No” asked for money, but I decided to go a different route. I asked if I could deliver the talk virtually. They said yes. I was still able to reach this audience, but I didn’t have to fly to another city and be away from my family.We want easy choices. We want to say “yes” to please others.We often say no to opportunities because it’s not worth our time and effort.Understanding how your past influences you choices.The cell phone industry was disrupted by the iPhone. Cell phones were free, but then Apple said, Nope, we are going to start charging for them. Now we pay $1K for a new phone, which was unheard of 20 years ago.The same thing happened to Polaroid with digital cameras. They wanted to believe that the industry wasn’t changing.We must understand how we make decisions to disrupt how we make decisions. If we continue to make decisions the way we always have we will get similar results. If we want to make billion dollar decisions we must improve our decision framework, so we improve our habits and ultimately our ability to make quality choices.3 levels to better decisions faster.It starts with your brain.Then we move on to the heartThen we make out decision after checking in with our gut.

    Summary - It’s easy to make quality decisions when you have a framework that works for your personality. Next time you make a more complicated decision try the Head, Heart and Gut framework and see how it helps you make a better choice for your future self.

    • 32 min
    Understanding Your Core Fears with Khe Hy

    Understanding Your Core Fears with Khe Hy

    In this interview you’ll learn about how Khe Hy looks at his fears and how important it is to recognize these feelings, so you can make good decisions. Khe Hy is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He is the founder of Rad Reads. One of my favorite parts of this interview is how he breaks down his fears and using them for growth.


    Highlights from the interview:


    Attending his first conference after Covid lockdown.How his parents, who came from Cambodia, has influenced his life.How he explores his past thoughts and emotions.His family wasn’t rich and why he went after a career that would help him be rich.He wanted to fix his situation.Why he powered through to be successful and how much damage it did to his life.Asking yourself tough questions to get to the heart of an issue you are having.Looking at the emotional side of his life.Why he has a hard time feeling his emotions.How other people perceive him.How tough he was on himself as a young adult.How he handles work when he feels tired.Beating himself up for mistakes and how he got over this bad habit.Making the mental shift to be kinder to himself.How he keeps mistakes into perspective so he doesn’t freak out.Letting the feeling sweep you away, so you can process it.Creating values as an organization.Documenting all unspoken norms, so the whole team understands the expectations.Why his goal to take care of his employees helps drives his company forward.Why he encourages his employees to speak up.His goals for his company. How he views Patagonia’s choices and how it’s influenced how he views his company.Why he hired a philosophy coach to help him dig into himself.Rapid fire questions - most impactful book, podcast, favorite toy as a kid, and tool to help with focus.

    You can learn more about Khe over at Rad Reads. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.


    And as always if you have any questions or want to submit a guest for the podcast that you think would be amazing just reach out on Dig to Fly and I’ll do my best to get them on. If you enjoy the interview please take 30 seconds to rate the Dig to Fly podcast on your favorite platform. Thanks!

    • 57 min
    Letting Go of Your Ego to Grow Your Career with Christina Wallace

    Letting Go of Your Ego to Grow Your Career with Christina Wallace

    In this interview you’ll learn about how to be bad at things, so you can finish things. Christina Wallace is a Senior Harvard Lecturer and author. I found her story about how she started a clothing company that eventually failed and what she did to recover.


    Highlights from the interview:


    How Christina cheated at the Presidential fitness test when she was young and what it taught her.How to get over the overachiever mindset.Why we avoid things that we are bad at and how it hurts our careers.The reason she shut down her first company.How she dealt with closing her company.She had 30 days to get a job. What she did to get moving and find a new job.Resetting her mindset after failure.Why you should dig into your personality with your friends.What questions she asked her friends to dig into herself and find out what direction to take her career in.Building your career at your day job.Why employers need to let their employees flex on their sidegig and how it can help the company grow.Being full human beings in our professional lives.Why opening up about our lives helps create unique connections that help galvanize a team.The word gets out about your team when you allow people to be their full selves at work.Why stories show the values of the people that we work with.Show people who you are through stories instead of telling people who you are.Why asking for help is so important.Letting go of our ego when asking for help.The cost of not being vulnerable can be so much higher than we expect.Connecting around shared love or a shared purpose is so much more powerful than connecting around complaining.Looking back at your past to start to connect the career dots moving forward.Why she valued autonomy so much in her career.Most impactful book, favorite speaker, tool that helps her stay focused.

    You can learn more about Christina over at her website Christian Wallace dot com. You can also follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.


    And as always if you have any questions or want to submit a guest for the podcast that you think would be amazing just reach out on Dig to Fly and I’ll do my best to get them on. If you enjoy the interview please take 30 seconds to rate the Dig to Fly podcast on your favorite platform. Thanks!

    • 58 min
    Magical Moments with Amber Bracegirdle

    Magical Moments with Amber Bracegirdle

    In this interview you’ll learn about how Amber took advantage of her opportunities to grow a career that she loves. Amber Bracegirdle is the co-founder of Mediavine, a web sales platform. They help entrepreneurs develop prosperous companies. One of my favorite stories is when Amber talks about how her boys became best friends during the pandemic.


    Highlights from the interview:


    How San Antonio changed after just 12 years.If you want to do something there is a way, it just takes time and creativity.Finding ways to ask for what you need.How she got into the Walt Disney college program and how it shaped her.Why the program encouraged her to be more outgoing.The mission of creating magical moments for your customers.Trusting your people is an important part of leadership growth.How Amber used the Law of Attraction to get the project she wanted in her company.She gives an example of creating a magical moment for a customer.Helping people earn money changes people’s lives.How focusing on what works versus what other people are doing is most important to growing a business.Why luck plays a big role in success.Making decisions that support the most important parts of business.Creating differentiation in your business because you stay true to your values.Why she took a $70k paycut to join mediavine.How does she encourage herself when she is struggling in life.Why leaning into your routine can help you stay focused on what happens.Why she started seeing a therapist.What she did to support her therapy sessions.Understanding why she felt misunderstood.How the pandemic changed her family’s life.Most impactful book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Amazon audio book), speaker, essential stay focused on what matters.

    You can learn more about Amber Bracegirdle at Mediavine. You can also connect with her on Linkedin.


    And as always if you have any questions or want to submit a guest for the podcast that you think would be amazing just reach out on Dig to Fly and I’ll do my best to get them on. If you enjoy the interview please take 30 seconds to rate the Dig to Fly podcast on your favorite platform. Thanks!

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

K HH ,

Filled with insight, relatable and actionable

Karl is a fantastic interviewer and brings guests who truly challenge conventional thinking

Andrew Warner ,

I’m a listener and interviweee

I saw his process from the other side of the mic. He puts a lot of work into bringing out the best in his guests.

Laura Faulkner PhD ,

Deeply interesting. Depth beyond imagination!

Karl’s Dig to Fly podcasts are breathtakingly multi-layered. He brings unique skills that find richness and practical application all in the same motion. These interviews invite the guests to share in raw, real, and unexpected ways. What you can ‘expect’ is a detailed journey with many switches and turns, as well as heart-driven conclusions and themes. Well done, Mr. Staib. I look forward to hearing more!

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