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This Magic Life is a podcast hosted by Andrea Koppel to inspire people to stop fearing their future and start learning how to create a career, and a life, they’ll love. Through weekly interviews with powerhouse guests like Dave Asprey, Dr Joe Dispenza, Steven Kotler and Hala Taha, you’ll hear stories about how embracing serendipitous encounters, events and experiences (good and bad) led them to discover their own perfect paths – and how you can too.

These interviews uncover the randomness of how our post-grad careers really unfold – no matter what we studied – and the importance of listening to our intuition. Plus, you’ll learn key life lessons you didn’t get in the classroom like how to radically uplevel your quality of life, whether through biohacking, meditation, tantra, financial or health advice, networking, and beyond. Walk away each week with inspiration and insights to invite magic into your life in all areas, especially your career.

This Magic Life w/ Andrea Koppel Andrea Koppel

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

This Magic Life is a podcast hosted by Andrea Koppel to inspire people to stop fearing their future and start learning how to create a career, and a life, they’ll love. Through weekly interviews with powerhouse guests like Dave Asprey, Dr Joe Dispenza, Steven Kotler and Hala Taha, you’ll hear stories about how embracing serendipitous encounters, events and experiences (good and bad) led them to discover their own perfect paths – and how you can too.

These interviews uncover the randomness of how our post-grad careers really unfold – no matter what we studied – and the importance of listening to our intuition. Plus, you’ll learn key life lessons you didn’t get in the classroom like how to radically uplevel your quality of life, whether through biohacking, meditation, tantra, financial or health advice, networking, and beyond. Walk away each week with inspiration and insights to invite magic into your life in all areas, especially your career.

    Naveen Jain: Why Your Intuition is a Magical GPS

    Naveen Jain: Why Your Intuition is a Magical GPS

    On This Magic Life, a serial entrepreneur and billionaire philanthropist shares his story of moving to the United States as a young man with just $5.00 in his pocket…
    And going on to become an incredibly successful business executive who has founded five companies including his latest, Viome. 
    Naveen Jain joins Andrea for an insightful conversation that proves you can never predict where college or your first few jobs will lead you and that cultivating a mindset of optimism and curiosity can be the express lane to experiencing the most amazing magic.
    Naveen shares his story of being serendipitously accepted into a prestigious college in India even though his family actually couldn’t afford it, and how his optimistic attitude and curiosity led him to immense wealth while improving countless lives along the way.
    Dive into the full episode to hear Naveen reveal how students (and all of us!) should approach challenges in life, what becoming successful truly means, and the 3 questions Naveen asks himself before starting a new business. 
    Tune in to the next episode of This Magic Life on July 24th to hear how an extraordinary breathwork expert learned to release trauma and create more space to attract serendipity. 
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    In this episode, you'll discover:
    04:35 How to tune yourself into serendipity like a radio frequency.
    05:54 How Naveen first started to attract magic into his life.
    07:56 Who helped Naveen access the education his family couldn’t afford.
    10:51 Why believing in yourself means you’re halfway there.
    14:36 The story of Naveen learning about computers for the first time.
    17:46 Why Naveen planned to return to his home country.
    22:57 Where the idea for Naveen’s company came from (and the problem he solved for the world).
    26:55 How Naveen predicted the invention of smartphones.
    29:47 Naveen reveals one of the top qualities of successful entrepreneurs.
    30:05 The serendipitous way Naveen and Andrea connected.
    31:00 How to unlock serendipity with every new person you meet.
    33:08 Naveen’s top advice on becoming a successful entrepreneur.
    37:52 How students (and everyone!) should approach the low periods of life.
    41:40 What to do when you don’t have control over something.
    42:00 Naveen’s advice on how to attract more serendipity to your life.
    42:40 The secret of how Naveen has created magic in his life and career.
    Resources to go deeper:
    Follow Naveen on Instagram
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    Connect with Naveen on LinkedIn
    Visit Naveen’s website
    Subscribe to Naveen’s YouTube Channel
     

    • 45 min
    Dr James Doty: Stanford U Neurosurgeon Reveals the Science and Strategy of Manifesting

    Dr James Doty: Stanford U Neurosurgeon Reveals the Science and Strategy of Manifesting

    On this week’s episode of This Magic Life, a Stanford University clinical professor of neurosurgery, entrepreneur, and NYT bestselling author shares his journey from 12-year-old amateur magician (the sleight of hand kind!) to discovering real magic when he serendipitously stumbled across a magic shop in his neighborhood and met Ruth, the owner’s mother.
    That chance encounter led him to escape poverty and manifest his wildest dreams, in which he not only became an immensely wealthy neurosurgeon, but also a leading expert in the type of magic known as manifesting. 
    Founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research, Dr. James Doty, joins Andrea this week for an incredible conversation about our brain’s ability to actually change events and experiences around us…
    And a heartwarming deep dive into Dr. Doty’s own story of rags to riches: having gone from a profoundly dysfunctional childhood to becoming a successful neurosurgeon who had achieved a mind-boggling level of wealth – including a mansion in Newport Beach, CA, a villa in Florence, Italy, every luxury car imaginable, and a downpayment on his very own island off the coast of New Zealand (all of which he sought to manifest as a little boy!)...
    To eventually losing everything he had and starting over with a new focus and purpose that led him to become a much happier and more deeply fulfilled person. 
    Listen to the full episode to hear Dr. Doty reveal the brain science that’s involved in  manifesting, the key ingredient he overlooked when manifesting his future as a little boy, and why connecting with your emotions is actually an incredible superpower.
    Plus, you’ll discover Dr. Doty’s 6 steps to manifesting (as outlined in his newest book, Mind Magic), how to train your mind to be still and peaceful, and his top advice for attracting more magic and serendipity into your life… starting now.
    Tune in to the next episode of This Magic Life on July 17th to hear billionaire, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist Naveen Jain reveal the real power of cultivating curiosity as a fasttrack to experiencing magic.
     
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    In this episode, you'll discover:
    04:58 A powerful story about how our emotions connect humanity.
    07:42 Dr. Doty’s definition of manifestation.
    10:22 How to use the abilities within yourself to create the life you dream of.
    14:41 Dr. Doty’s story of having everything he’d manifested as a 12 year old boy  to losing it all, and how he recovered.
    17:30 The key ingredient Dr. Doty forgot when he was manifesting as a kid.
    21:15 Why Dr. Doty created the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research at Stanford.
    24:51 The #1 most powerful way to manifest.
    27:20 How sitting in fear over student debt (or anything else for that matter) actually prevents you from paying it off.
    29:28 Steps to retrain the part of your brain that triggers fear.
    33:50 How the default mode network (DMN) in the brain impacts manifestation.
    36:43 How to calm your anxious thoughts through mind training.
    43:10 The 6 steps to manifesting as found in Dr. Doty’s book, Mind Magic.
    45:22 Dr. Doty’s top advice for attracting more serendipity into your life.
    49:23 The shocking results of a powerful experiment about rats and hope.
    52:05 Dr. Doty shares the secret to the magic he’s experienced in his own life and career.
     
    Resources to go deeper:
    Follow Dr. Doty on Instagram
    Buy Dr. Doty’s latest book, Mind Magic
    Listen to Into the Magic Shop Podcast
    Visit Dr. Doty’s website
    Save your space for Dr. Doty’s Compassion Retreat 2025
    Buy Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning book
     

    • 56 min
    Steven Kotler: How A Serendipitous Experience of ‘Flow’ Saved His Life

    Steven Kotler: How A Serendipitous Experience of ‘Flow’ Saved His Life

    On this episode of This Magic Life, one of the world’s leading experts on human performance shares his journey from being diagnosed with a devastating and debilitating disease to healing himself, becoming a NYT bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize nominee (3 times!), and host of the successful Flow Radio podcast.
    Andrea is joined by Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective, Steven Kotler, for a powerful conversation about the incredibly serendipitous journey he’s been on since being diagnosed with Lyme disease in his late 20’s and spending the following 3 years completely functionless, confined to his bed, and seriously contemplating suicide.
    Listen to the full episode to hear how a good friend convincing Steven to get on a surfboard for the first time in 5 years saved his life, leading him to drop into a state of consciousness experience known as ‘flow’ that would completely redirect the future of his life and career.
    Plus, Steven shares exactly how to train yourself to reach your own flow states for maximum creativity and concentration, fascinating research on how flow states correlate with mental health, and 3 steps students (and everyone else!) can use to get in flow and stay in flow.
    Tune in to the next episode of This Magic Life on July 10th to hear Dr. James Doty, a Stanford University clinical professor of neurosurgery, founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research, and bestselling author reveals the neuroscience and step by step guide to manifesting your wildest dreams.
     
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    In this episode, you'll discover:
    02:38 The definition of ‘flow’ and how it can open you up to incredible opportunities.
    05:01 How Andrea was inspired to create This Magic Life.
    08:01 How surfing and Lyme disease intersected to serendipitously change Steven’s life.
    14:11 What happens in the body as it transitions into a flow state.
    16:20 Gold-standard research on the relationship between flow and mental health.
    21:32 The experience that sparked Steven’s career in neurobiology.
    24:00 Steven’s top tips to get into deeper flow more quickly and easily.
    25:30 Steven shares his #1 “golden rule” of flow.
    28:26 How to stop beating yourself up for procrastinating.
    30:38 Three steps for students to get into a flow state.
    37:30 The power of changing your mindset to one of continuous improvement.
    39:43 The role intuition plays in reaching and maintaining flow.
    44:15 Why you need both a to-do list and higher, multi-year goals.
    48:56 What listeners can do right now to experience more magic and serendipity in their lives.
    50:43 Steven’s (practical!) secret to his incredible career magic.
    Resources to go deeper:
    Follow Steven on Instagram
    Buy Steven’s latest book
    Listen to the Flow Radio Podcast
    Visit Steven’s website
    Train in flow with Steven
     

    • 55 min
    Dr Bernard Beitman: Yale Medical School Psychiatrist Explains the Real Science of Serendipity

    Dr Bernard Beitman: Yale Medical School Psychiatrist Explains the Real Science of Serendipity

    My guest on this episode of This Magic Life, began experiencing the magic of synchronicity at the young age of just 9 years old. Since then, he’s built an entire career around the power of what he likes to call ‘meaningful coincidences’ and how they shape our lives.
    Yale Medical School trained psychiatrist Dr. Bernard Beitman joins Andrea on an enlightening episode you won’t want to miss, exploring the science behind synchronicity and serendipity and how to attract more of both of these powerful forces in your own life.
    Dr. Beitman shares his journey from being serendipitously reunited with his lost puppy as a little boy to the synchronistic meeting between him and his wife on an airplane, as well as how a random visit to say goodbye to a colleague at the University of Washington ended up leading him to a 17-year career at The University of Missouri-Columbia as chair of psychiatry.
    Listen to the full episode to discover Dr. Beitman’s top advice for the “in between” phases of life when you’re not quite sure what comes next and to learn how you can become more attuned to attracting more magical serendipities in your life.
    Tune in to the next episode of This Magic Life on July 3rd to discover the serendipitous journey of Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on human performance, Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective and 4x New York Times bestselling author .
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    02:37 The definition of serendipity and synchronicity and where they originated.
    06:24 The distinction between serendipity and synchronicity.
    07:45 Why the experience itself is more important than what you call it.
    09:03 How a serendipitous farewell to a colleague led Dr. Beitman to a successful 17-year career.
    13:57 How Dr. Beitman became fascinated with the topic of synchronicities.
    16:58 What exactly is a ‘meaningful coincidence?’
    17:47 Dr. Beitman breaks down a series of serendipities directly from Andrea’s life.
    23:07 The importance of being willing to play in the “minor league” in your career journey.
    27:39 Similar characteristics shared among people who frequently experience serendipities and synchronicities.
    32:45 How ‘failure’ can force you to reinvent yourself and your life in an even more magical way.
    33:52 What you can do to become more attuned to synchronicity in your daily life.
    37:35 How to balance the polarity of good and bad in your daily life.
    38:56 How Andrea defines “magic” in her life.
    40:37 The top things you can do now to experience more magic and serendipity.
    41:49 The secret behind  the incredible magic that’s happene  in Dr. Beitman’s career.
    Resources to go deeper:
    Follow Dr. Beitman on Instagram
    Buy Dr. Beitman’s book, Meaningful Coincidences
    Watch the Connecting with Coincidence Podcast
    Buy Dean Radin’s book, Real Magic
    Visit Dr. Beitman’s website
     

    • 46 min
    Alvaro Nunez: This Ironman Winner Says Magic Exists in Life’s Biggest Challenges

    Alvaro Nunez: This Ironman Winner Says Magic Exists in Life’s Biggest Challenges

    On this super inspiring episode of This Magic Life, Andrea sits down with world traveler, sky diver, helicopter pilot, bestselling author of Level Up and Ironman-winning athlete Alvaro Nunez, whose “titles” don’t stop there!
    As a rising tennis champion at 16 years old, Alvaro’s life changed dramatically when the combination of his father suffering a massive heart attack and Spain’s economy tanking ended his dream to continue playing tennis at a world-class level. 
    Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Alvaro landed a sports scholarship to attend university in the U.S. where he studied marketing. Over the next several years, he’d graduate as the class Valedictorian and would land a 6-figure job at a hot marketing company and accomplish everything he ever dreamed of… Only to find himself unfulfilled, lose his Visa, and forced to leave the U.S.
    Listen to the full episode to hear Alvaro share how that massive curveball allowed him to start dreaming even bigger and how he went from door-knocking to owning a successful luxury real estate business.
    Plus, discover why he actually seeks out challenges and his secret to attracting more serendipity to your life. 
    Tune in to the next episode of This Magic Life on June 26th to hear the story of a Yale Medical School psychiatrist who believes deeply in the power of magic and serendipity and has written books on the synchronicities of coincidences.  
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    In this episode, you'll discover:
    04:30 How Alvaro has used the Law of Attraction to create the life he always wanted.
    08:10 Alvaro’s most unexpected, unpredictable experience of his life.
    12:46 Why Alvaro’s selfish thought process led him nowhere, but serving others led him to magic.
    18:12 The wake up call that changed Alvaro’s life.
    24:29 How to silence other people’s opinions so you can hear your inner voice.
    25:53 Alvaro’s secret formula for crushing his goals.
    28:28 How Alvaro shifted door-knocking into an incredibly successful business.
    40:25 How to reframe a problem to become an opportunity.
    46:19 How momentum causes your mind to start evolving, eventually becoming unstoppable.
    51:08 Alvaro’s secret to attracting more magic to your life.
     
    Resources to go deeper:
    Follow Alvaro on Instagram
    Buy Alvaro’s book, Level Up
    Visit Alvaro’s website
    Discover Alvaro’s Level Up Program
     

    • 54 min
    James Altucher: How to Create Exciting New Job Opportunities After Career Fails

    James Altucher: How to Create Exciting New Job Opportunities After Career Fails

    On this episode of This Magic Life, you’ll discover the story of an angel investor, bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur who has walked an incredible career path through jobs like stand-up comedian, hedge fund manager, podcaster, and even chess master.
    Andrea sits down with James Altucher to talk about how you can turn the unpredictable parts of life into magical opportunities and the “you can’t make this up” story of rejection behind why James suddenly closed his first hedge fund and pivoted his career, which ended up leading him straight to his next incredible (and unexpected!) career endeavor.
    Listen to the full episode wherever you get your podcasts to hear James share an inspiring journey that has been fueled by deep curiosity and a healthy fear of the unknown…
    Plus, what he would say to someone afraid of choosing the wrong industry or job, the daily writing exercise he’s been doing for 22 years that has led him to an incredible number of magical opportunities, and his top advice for how you can attract more serendipity to your life starting today.
    Tune in to the next episode of This Magic Life on June 19th to discover the journey of a world-class Ironman athlete, real estate CEO, and international speaker who has surfed the waves of serendipity to his most magical life before even reaching his 30s.
     
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    In this episode, you'll discover:
    How to turn the unexpected, unpredictable parts of life into magical opportunities.
    Why a huge hedge fund investor offered James a job, but not an investment.
    Why having different careers enriches the experience of your life.
    The advice from James’ sister that he still refers to today.
    Why it’s actually a good thing when your career path is very different from others.
    How working in the IT department at HBO led James to shooting one of the first web series that ever existed.
    James’ advice to someone just starting their career and afraid of choosing the wrong industry.
    Why the money you make when you’re 25 actually has nothing to do with the money you’ll be making when you’re 55.
    The story behind James’ “10,000 experiments” rule.
    The innate power of pushing through discomfort to discover what’s on the other side.
    Why James doesn’t publish an article unless he’s a little bit afraid to hit the publish button.
    Why we tend to feel life challenges more deeply than positive experiences.
    James’ secret to his incredibly successful career journey.
     
    Resources to go deeper:
    Read James’ work
    Listen to The James Altucher Show
    Visit James’ website
    Follow James on Instagram
     

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Ubergamemeister ,

Inspirational and super useful insights

This Magic Life is a wonderful and insightful podcast series with useful insights on how we approach challenges is the key to our enlightenment and success. Learning from thought leaders who didn’t take a straight line to personal and professional success.. unique, fun, and insightful!

Inside Out Supporter ,

Fascinating Show!

Andrea Koppel is a skilled interviewer who finds guests to expand listeners’ perspectives on a wide array of topics. The common thread is finding magic that exists in this life if we are open to seeing and experiencing it. She helps us remember that rejections or significant challenges in life may turn out to be gifts to opening up new and better opportunities. Andrea and her guests underscore the lesson that takes most us us decades to learn: Life, and especially careers, are not usually a straight line. Thank you, Andrea, for helping listeners, including me, continue to integrate and learn ways to elevate our lives!

Inspired Reg ,

I believe in Magic!

Andrea Koppel’s new podcast, “This Magic Life,”
Is for those who see our lives as an endless possibility.

With her amazing guests, inspired by riveting questions, Andrea gives a blueprint on how to step out on faith, by not giving into fear.

In listening to this “magical show,” I guarantee you’ll not only learn something about her guests, but yourself as well.

Bravo Andrea! ✨

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