Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World--The 7 Areas You Need to Balance and Grow to Live the Life of Your Dreams

Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World--The 7 Areas You Need to Balance and Grow to Live the Life of Your Dreams

by Dave Braun, Troy Amdahl


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757319976
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: Oola Series
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 327,412
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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.

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It is hard to believe it was just three years ago I made The Call. The image in my mind is as clear today as it was then.

Earlier that night, I was sound asleep in my uncomfortable bed at a discount motel. I wasn't on vacation—this was my home. I didn't pay by the night—I paid by the month.

The sound was loud and abrupt. I thought someone was breaking into my room. Startled, I jumped up to see what was happening. I looked out the window and saw the police with a battering ram, breaking into the adjoining room.

This was surreal and deeply humbling at the same time. All I can remember thinking is, I Just a few short years ago, I had it all. I was a married man with five beautiful kids. I had a successful career, a net worth of over $2 million, and a $1.4 million house at the foothills of the mountains.

How did this happen? How did I end up in this crap motel where most residents pay by the hour?

At that moment, I knew I needed to reach out to someone. I reflected on all the relationships in my past for just the right resource. I was embarrassed, and wasn't looking to be judged, but rather nudged in the right direction. As dark as everything felt around me, I always maintained a sense that 'things are going to be okay.' In my core, I just knew I needed to get back on the path that I had strayed from some time ago.

I thought back to my internship fifteen years earlier and a guy I knew back then. You probably know a guy like him. In short, I remember one of our mutual friends tossing him a gold horseshoe about the size of a half dollar and telling him to stick it up his ass so he could have a matching set. You know the guy—lucky with zeros on the end.

Everything he touched seemed to turn to gold. He was just lucky, or so I thought. During my internship, as I spent time talking with him and learning from him, I realized it wasn't luck. He worked hard at keeping his life in balance. He made a conscious effort to grow in the important areas in his life. This reflection reconnected me to the path, the pursuit of Oola. I knew who I needed to call.

I walked outside and looked at my neighbor's door, which was dented from the battering ram. I remember thinking that the door looked like I felt. I walked through the rhythm of the lights from the police car reflecting off the buildings around me and made my way to an alley protected from the wind. I remember it was cold outside, but I was not cold. I was humbled, ashamed, and oddly optimistic all at the same time.

I had the phone in my hand, hoping to gain the courage to make that call. I knew this was the call I needed to make. I felt it. With vulnerability I called the OolaGuru.


The call was exactly the call I needed to make at exactly the time I needed to make it. I hadn't spoken with the OolaGuru in quite a while. Miles and months had come between us, and this one phone call revealed how our paths had diverged. At one time we were almost of one mind. We had similar dreams, goals, and aspirations. But while my life hit rock bottom, the OolaGuru seemed to have it all.

The OolaGuru is a very private guy. He's far from shy, but his anonymity is based in humility. He listens more than he talks, and let's just say that he has what most of the world wants. He has always been the guy in the group we looked to when we wanted to up our game, in any category of life.

He was completely debt free by the age of forty, he has been married to the same gal (whom he met in kindergarten, by the way) for more than twenty-seven years, he formally retired at forty-two, and now does what he wants, when he wants.

I remember when he couldn't run a mile. Then he set his mind to it and began running marathons, and even completed an Ironman. He spends a ton of time with his kids and works on his faith, dare I say, faithfully.

His personal passion is travel, and he has been to fifty countries and counting. Sounds like fiction, but he is the OolaGuru.

When I called him, he was at his winter home in Arizona. I did most of the talking, and he did most of the listening. I needed to talk, and he was good at listening. After an hour of dumping my problems on him, all I can remember him saying was, 'Well, I think you have found the bottom. The good news is it's only up from here!' He went on to say that where I was in this moment was simply where I was . . . not who I was. That I was designed for greatness.

He then told me a story about how they design a car so you can see both in front of you and behind you. They provide a rearview mirror, which is small but adequate. The front windshield is large and unobstructed. It's designed so you can easily see what's ahead. He pointed out how the views ahead and behind are designed to scale. You do need to look behind you, but only briefly, from time to time. The majority of your energy and focus, however, should be on the windshield in front of you.

In that moment, I learned that my life is the same way. I do need to look at my past, but only briefly from time to time, and only to learn from it. The majority of my time should be spent looking forward, planning where I am going.


The purpose of this book is clear. We want to lead you to an OolaLife. We want to show you what Oola looks and feels like and how to get there.

We will define Oola and share our stories regarding our different paths to Oola. The heart of the book is the 7 F's of Oola. Here, we will clearly define the seven areas of life that deserve balance and growth.

We will identify the seven roadblocks that can get in the way of the life you want, and introduce the seven accelerators that can get you the OolaLife faster. We will close the book with the three simple steps to the OolaLife.

We will provide two perspectives to educate, entertain, and inspire you on your journey. One perspective will be from the OolaSeeker, who once had Oola, lost Oola, and is now committed to getting his Oola back.

Another perspective is that of the OolaGuru, who is committed to the OolaLife.

By opening up and sharing our true stories, knowledge, and experiences, we hope to inspire you to pursue a life that is balanced and growing. An OolaLife is worth the effort and pursuit. Please, hear us, that regardless of where you are in life and what's in your rearview mirror, you are worthy of better . . . you are worthy of Oola. Congratulations on this noble pursuit.

©2017 David Braun and Troy Amdahl. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Oola: FindBalance in an Unbalanced World, The 7 Areas You Need to Balance and Grow to Live the Life of Your Dreams. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

Table of Contents

1 Bus. 2 Guys. 50 States. 1 Million Dreams xv

Introduction 1

Section 1 Introduction to Oola

Not where you want to be in life?

Are you feeling lost, stressed, overwhelmed, or out of balance? Do you lack purpose in your life?

Now is the time to quit pursuing happy and start pursuing Oola.

Chapter 1 What is Oola? 9

How to find the proper life-work balance in an unbalanced world.

My Pink Bike

Spinning Plates

Chapter 2 Two Roads to Oola 15

Life is a journey. Are you where you want to be?

Everybody Loves a Comeback

The Photo Album

Section 2 The 7 F's of Oola

Everything you MUST balance and grow to live the life of your dreams… The OolaLife.

Chapter 3 OolaFitness 23

The simple (but not easy) way to never diet again.

Chick Tendencies

My First Run to the Mailbox

Chapter 4 OolaFinance 33

How what the world wants you to believe will leave you broke and working the rest of your life.

A Date with Halle Berry

The Joneses Don't Know Jack

Chapter 5 OolaFamily 43

How to love, lead, and commit to build your legacy.

There IS Life After Divorce

The Motorcycle and Man Camp

Chapter 6 OolaField 55

Why there has never been a better time in history to have the career of your dreams.

Game Changers

A Place Unknown

Chapter 7 OolaFaith 67

How developing a relationship with God can help you discover your true purpose in life.

The Struggle

Finishing Strong

Chapter 6 OolaFriends 75

The secrets to creating and maintaining connections in a virtual world.

My Zebra-Striped Bikini Underwear

Stories of Legend

Chapter 9 OolaFun 87

Finding fun around the world and in your own backyard.

My Ten-Mile Circle

Fifty Countries and Counting

Section 3 Oola Blockers

Learn to overcome the 7 key traits that block you from the life of your dreams.

Chapter 10 Fear 101

Discover the two types of tear that can kill your dreams.

Life Lessons from the Farm

The Safari Guide

Chapter 11 Guilt 107

No matter what you have done or failed to do, you deserve the OolaLife.

The Drift

The Skunk in the Window Well

Chapter 12 Anger 113

How prolonged anger can eat away at your soul and ruin your life.

Still in Prison

The Cracked Windshield

Chapter 13 Self-Sabotage 119

Learn how to avoid getting in the way of your own success.

The White Picket Fence Life

A Lesson from a Guru's Guru

Chapter 14 Laziness 125

Discover what it takes to overcome laziness.

All In

Now Hiring

Chapter 15 Envy 131

Someone will always have more or be more. learn to be the best you.

The Black Ninja

My Brother and the Flaming Pinto

Chapter 16 Focus 139

Become a laser beam and not a flashlight.

Never Again

Lost in the Arabian Gulf

Section 4 OolaAccelerators

Want to get the life of your dreams faster?

Incorporate these 7 OolaAccelerators into your life and ignite your journey.

Chapter 17 Gratitude 149

Learn to love where you are, where you have been, and where you want to go.

JJ Strong

Gift in Guangzhou

Chapter 18 Love 159

Commit to a life of AUTHENTIC LOVE… no matter what!

Option Four: All of the Above

The Man on the Platform

Chapter 19 Discipline 167

You already have all the discipline you need. unleash it!

Prewired for Discipline

Running in the Rain

Chapter 20 Integrity 177

Benefit from the value of staying true to others (and yourself).

The Justification Pileup

You Got This

Chapter 21 Passion 185

Tap into what you naturally love to ignite your journey and enjoy the ride.

The 592-mph Ride

Charlie the Drunken Thai Monkey

Chapter 22 Humility 193

How you can grow big from feeling small.

A Good Steward

Running with the Kenyans

Chapter 23 Wisdom 201

Benefiting from your mistakes and the mistakes of others.

Riptide on the North Shore

Running with the Yaks

Section 5 The 3 Steps to the OolaLife

Your daily action plan for living the life of your dreams.

Chapter 24 The Oola Wheel 215

Where are you today?

The Valve

The Evolving Hub

Chapter 25 The OolaPlan 233

Where do you want to go?

Such a Dreamer

Life's To-Do List

Chapter 26 The OolaPath 247

How are you going to get there?

Road Trip

The 3x5 Notecards

Chapter 27 The OolaLife 257

Why is the pursuit of the OolaLife worth the effort?

Oola Is Sexy

Pursue Oola, Meet Happy

Conclusion 263

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Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World--The 7 Areas You Need to Balance and Grow to Live the Life of Your Dreams 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome Read! Balance Your Life!
Doug0 More than 1 year ago
Enlightening!  Easy read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspirational and entertaining!
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BN4Me More than 1 year ago
Don't need to make a New Year's Resolution . . . just pick up this book and start learning how to balance your life in 7 vitally important areas of your life. Easy reading but on the mark when it comes to making changes you desire for this year and a lifetime way of living. Highly recommend reading and putting what you learn to work. It is not a read and magically it all happens. It will be a work in progress but well worth your effort to take a day at a time, a step at a time and you will be living an Oola life.
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