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The OPA! Way

By Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon


Dr. Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon, two bestselling authors and leaders of the Meaning Movement, give readers The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work. Inspired by the wisdom of ancient Greek philosophy and traditional village values, and backed by years of research, The OPA! Wayprovides a breakthrough approach and practical tools to renew your outlook and rejuvenate your life. 

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Publication Date: November 2014

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Named the “2015 Self-Help Book of the Year” at the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards

How can we live more meaningful lives?

In chasing the good life, many of us sacrifice our relationships, our health, and our sanity, and at the end of the day still find ourselves with lives and work that bring us little fulfillment or meaning. The pursuit of happiness doesn’t fill this void, and it doesn’t help us deal with the challenges and chaos that are inevitable in everyday life. We need to learn how to embrace all of life—the ups and the downs, the joys and sorrows, the good times as well as times of transition and upheaval.

Inspired by ancient Greek philosophy and traditional Greek village life, and backed by years of research, The OPA! Way offers a breakthrough, practical approach to discovering and reconnecting with the true meaning of our lives and work. Bestselling authors Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon, founders of The OPA! Way® and The Meaning Group, share insights, stories, and three core lessons to guide you on your odyssey to meaning:

  • Connect meaningfully with Others
  • Engage with deeper Purpose
  • Embrace life with Attitude

Create the meaningful life you want by living and working The OPA! Way. OPA!

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About the Authors

Alex  Pattakos

Alex Pattakos

Alex Pattakos, described as a “Modern-Day Greek Philosopher,” is the cofounder of The OPA! Way®, a new, Meaning-focused paradigm and lifestyle inspired by Greek philosophy and culture. Dr. Pattakos is the author of Prisoners of Our Thoughts, an international best-selling book (available in 22 languages) based on the wisdom of his mentor, the world-renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. Also nicknamed “Dr. Meaning,” Alex is dedicated to bringing meaning to work, the workplace, and into everyday life. With expertise in political science and psychology, he has worked closely with all levels of government, including the White House under three presidents, and has served as an adviser to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A U.S. Army veteran, he is also a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organizer, and full-time university professor of public and business administration. Dr. Pattakos as a member of the International Academic Board of The International Center for Leading Studies, based in Athens, Greece.

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Elaine  Dundon

Elaine Dundon

Elaine Dundon, CEO of The Meaning Group, is the co-founder of The OPA! Way®, a new lifestyle program for finding Joy & Meaning in everyday life and work, uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy and culture. Elaine began her career in business strategy and marketing, including brand management at Procter & Gamble. A thought leader in the field of Innovation Management, she authored the international best-selling book, The Seeds of Innovation, as well as created and taught a ground-breaking course on Innovation Management in the business program at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her work in the field of innovation has been featured globally in numerous leading publications.

As her work in Innovation Management evolved, her focus shifted to the "Human Side of Innovation" and specifically, Meaning, which her experience and research have shown is the key source of success. Elaine is a keynote speaker, advisor, and facilitator, and a leader of the Meaning Movement.

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Publication Details

Format: E-book (pdf)

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1 in.

Weight: 2 lbs.

Publication Date: November 2014

Format: E-book (mobi)

Format: E-book (epub)

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