The OPA! Way® is a new approach to "Living & Working with Meaning" that is uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy and culture.
The topic of Meaning is emerging as the next step in the evolution of prosperity and happiness. More and more people are looking for new ways to connect with what brings them joy and meaning and, as Aristotle wisely advised, to realize one's full potential in life. However, it's not just about the one big answer to the existential question: "What is the meaning of my life?"—it's about what we can do on a daily basis to make sure that our lives and work really matter.
Many people talk about Meaning but few know how to bring more meaning into their lives and work. As experts in the emerging topic of Meaning, including many years researching, writing, teaching, and consulting in this area, we went in search of even deeper answers to this quest for meaning. We went to Greece, to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Greek philosophers who, thousands of years ago, shared a unique perspective on the topic of Meaning that is still very relevant today. While in Greece, we also appreciated the simplicity and richness of the traditional Greek village life, shared in the kindness and authentic hospitality of the Greek "villagers," and learned more about the passionate and resilient Greek spirit.
The lessons we learned from Greek philosophy and traditional Greek village life are mirrors that encourage—and even challenge—us to reflect upon our own lives. These lessons, along with our own own research and experience, shaped our unique OPA! formula for "Living & Working with Meaning."
OPA! teaches us to take a fresh look at our lives and to live from the Core of Meaning, which includes: (1) connecting more deeply and authentically with Others; (2) engaging with deeper Purpose by, among other things, "knowing ourselves" better, so that we can make better choices; and (3) embracing all of life with Attitude so that we can overcome fear and stress to truly live a full and meaningful life.
Many of the traditional approaches to work are no longer "working," resulting in low levels of engagement resilience, performance, and innovation. People want to know that they belong and that their work really matters. People want to interact with or become part of organizations, in all sectors and industries, whose products, services, and policies contribute to increasing meaning around them. OPA! is a new mindset and approach to creating and sustaining the conditions necessary for a more meaningful workplace and, in turn, creating and sustaining more meaningful products and services. Again, it all starts from the Core of Meaning.
What drives meaning in life and work is unique for each person, but the human quest for meaning and the OPA! formula and practices are both constant and universal. Learn The OPA! Way® techniques and start living & working with more Meaning today!
Join us in our Meaning Mission and in creating the global OPA! Village—a world in which everyone lives and works The OPA! Way®. OPA! is already spreading around the world with "villagers" in all walks and stages of life across five continents, in such diverse countries as Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam!
Join us at our OPA! Center for Meaning, a uniquely-designed space in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA, or invite us to share The OPA! Way® at your location, around the world.
ALEKO—Alex Pattakos, Ph.D.: author of the international bestseller on the search for Meaning, Prisoners of Our Thoughts; now in 20 languages, including a Greek edition. Pioneer in the Personal Transformation area. Expertise and extensive background in Political Science, Psychology, and Leadership. Advisor and Keynote Speaker.
ELENI—Elaine Dundon, Ph.D.: author of the international bestseller, The Seeds of Innovation. Expertise and extensive background in Marketing Strategy, Innovation Management, and Personal Development. Advisor and Keynote Speaker.
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