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Oola is not your typical self-help book. So what is it? Just like its origins from the expression 'oh lá lá!'Oola is a 'state of awesomeness,' it's when your life is balanced and growing in the 7 key areas of life (Fitness, Finance, Family, Field, Faith, Friends, and Fun). Oola is not stale and stuffy advice, it reads more like a collection of kick-butt anecdotes and sincere stories that just happen to have meaningful messages. Co-authors Dave Braun (The OolaSeeker) and Troy Amdahl (The OolaGuru) have been there and done that. What started out as a small group of people meeting once a year to set intentions for the future has turned into a nationwide phenomenon. Maybe you've seen Dave and Troy traveling the highways and byways of America in their 1970 VW Surf Bus. Covered with colorful Oola stickers, they are carrying the hopes of people, just like you, who are putting their dreams into action, ready to have the OolaLife. You, too, are awesome and designed for greatness and a purpose—LiveOola!
Oola has received glowing reviews from top authors, pro athletes, musicians, industry leaders, and Olympians. Need 7 more reasons to read this book? 1. Learn the three simple steps to balance and grow your life in an unbalanced world. 2. Uncover what blocks you from the life of your dreams and what can get you there faster. 3. Find out what you can learn from a drunken Thai monkey, a black Ninja, and zebra-striped underwear. 4. Why no matter what you have done or have failed to do, you deserve a better life. 5. Become inspired to take the steps, reach your milestones, and achieve your OolaLife. 6. Discover the 7 key areas of life you must balance and grow. 7. Unlock the secrets to taking your life to the next level.
About the Author
Troy Amdahl (Phoenix, Arizona) is a Rochester, Minnesota, native and co-author with Dave Braun of the international bestselling book Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. The OolaGuru, he graduated cum laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University, then became a devoted husband and father, and a successful businessman who traveled the world, retired debt-free at 42, and was an Ironman triathlete. Once a year, he and a group of friends—including Dave, the OolaSeeker who sought him out as a mentor— would meet to set goals and find balance and growth in the key areas of life, the synthesis of which became the philosophy and movement that is Oola. Today, Troy and Dave travel the country in a 1970 VW Surf Bus, speaking to groups, collecting dreams, and helping people find balance, purpose, and growth through the 7 F's of Oola. Visit oolalife.com. Dave Braun (Salt Lake City, Utah) is a native of Napoleon, North Dakota, and is co-author, with Troy Amdahl, of the international bestselling book Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Dave found material success at a young age while under the mentorship of Troy, who taught him how to live the Oola principles of balance. He eventually drifted from them, however, and found himself bankrupt, divorced, disconnected, and living in a motel. At rock bottom, he sought out Troy, the OolaGuru, knowing he needed help to get his Oola back. The OolaSeeker vowed that if this worked, he would share Oola with the world. It did, and today he and Troy travel the country in a 1970 VW Surf Bus, speaking to groups, collecting dreams, and helping people find balance, purpose, and growth through the 7 F's of Oola. Visit oolalife.com.
"Admittedly, I've never gotten all the way through a self-help book. They always feel too pompous and preachy. After finishing Oola, I still don't feel like I've read a self-help book. Oola reads more like a collection of kick-ass anecdotes and sincere stories that just happen to have meaningful messages. These two guys—the OolaSeeker and the OolaGuru— aren't telling their stories for selfish reasons. They truly want you to live the OolaLife. Oola seems more like the script of a classic 'buddy road-trip' movie than a self-help book. Here, though, is maybe all you really need to know: In one single chapter, you'll get the story of the OolaGuru's matching purple shorts/tanktop outfit right next to the OolaSeeker's tale of the time the cops pulled him out of the car while he was wearing nothing but zebra-striped, bikini-cut undies." —Steve LangeAward-winning columnist, magazine editor, writer
"As a mother, physician, exercise enthusiast, and entrepreneur, I am constantly seeking to find balance in my life. Oola showed me how! After reading this book, I feel inspired, grateful, and recommend this book to anyone looking to seek balance in all areas of life. I want the OolaLife!" —Dr. DelRae MesserCEO of DrDelRaeDetox.com, Ms. Fitness Minnesota
"As a two-time Olympian I can attest firsthand to the effectiveness of the principles and values taught in this book. The three steps to the OolaLife can help anyone looking to reach their full potential. Oola is a must-read if you are looking to live a better and more balanced life." —Zach LundTwo-time Olympian and Olympic coach
"As an athlete I am constantly in pursuit of what makes me stronger. I aim to keep God at the core of all I do. It's impressive and reassuring to read a book that not only emphasizes the importance of faith, but also provides me with the tools and inspiration to balance and grow in all key areas of my life. Oola totally makes me stronger!" —Annie Hawkinsinternational professional soccer player
"Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl understand the need for balance in life. And they really 'get it' when it comes to the benefits of fitness and running. They accurately describe the joy and empowerment bestowed by running and how the daily run enhances the rest of life." —Jeff GallowayOlympian and author of 22 books on running
"Everyone wants to make their life comprehensively better and here is how. Oola is happy inspiration!"—Mark Victor Hansenco-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series
"From the boardroom of NBC's The Apprentice, to the podium of some of largest Fortune 500 corporate functions, I thought I had firsthand seen and heard it all on the subject of life mastery. Oola provides a personal GPS to enlighten, inspire, and give life direction. This is a must read!" —Troy McClainCEO of McClain Companies
"In all my years of playing and coaching in the NFL, I have never seen a better playbook for balancing and growing your life. This book was 70 percent entertaining, 30 percent educational, and 100 percent life- changing. If you desire to have a better life, an OolaLife, then you need to read this book." —Brant Boyerprofessional football player and coach
"I've often heard people say, "play to your strengths." I have done that in my life, which has made me a successful singer songwriter. But life is not all about singing and songwriting. In fact, very little of life is about singing and songwriting. I want an OolaLife. I don't want to just be good at my job, and epically fail at everything else. This book is a fantastic read, and extremely helpful in creating the kind of life I think we all want to live." —Tyrone Wellscritically acclaimed singer songwriter
"Oola is a masterful and unique approach that contains all that you need to achieve balance in each and every area of your life. Packed full of practical and easy-to-apply principles, you will love the message and the very Oola way in which it is presented. You will love this book!" —Dr. Daniel T. Drubinauthor of Letting Go of Your Bananas
"Oola is not just a great book to read, it is a great book to reference. I will keep it near me while on my path to balance and find my purpose. Oola is a way of life. Surf the Oola wave!" —Ms. Flor Villarrealowner, Panama Surf School
"Oola touched my heart. The OolaSeeker and OolaGuru shared straight from their hearts and personal experiences in a lighthearted but practical way—without compromising the strong message. Inspiring!" —Roelien Mullerdirector, Asia Center Foundation
"Oola's extremely practical approach will help almost anyone turn an average life into an extraordinary life!" —Dr. Oudi AbouchacraCEO, SeizeYourBestLife.com
"This book couldn't have come at a better time for me. Life takes us on different routes with ups and downs and hearing the stories in this book really hit home with me. I have been known as "the runner" my whole life but as I get older and reality is setting in that peak competitive years might be behind me, it is up to me to figure out my next move. By reading this book, I now have the 7 F's to help me along the way. I do want to continue to 'Get After It' in life and live the OolaLife and I know I can and will! Thank you for both the kick in the pants and the pat on the back—now off to do my workbook!" —Carrie Tollefson2004 Olympian, host of CTolleRun.com
"Wildly creative, packed with insights, this extraordinary book is a gift for anyone who doesn't want to accept 'ordinary' as the only option for life." —Jon AcuffWall Street Journal bestselling author of Quitter