Want To Be Successful Without Selling Your Soul?

I was featured on the 1 Simple Thing podcast with Dave Kirby recently. We talked about finding meaning and authenticity in our business. It’s a five day series where I spend about 10 minutes each day – Monday through Thursday – sharing one simple thing listeners can do to make a lasting change in their […]

The Life Worth Living

“Man is a mystery. If you spend your whole life trying to puzzle it out do not say you wasted your time. I occupy myself with that mystery because I want to be a man.” Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote this in a letter to his brother when he was just 17. I have had this quote […]

The BBC and Me

Had a great time last night on the BBC show Business Matters. I am huge fan and honored to be an ongoing contributor. You can listen here to the show if by some act of God you missed me last night!! I was asked to take a quick quiz prior to the show. The quiz […]

A Secret to Success

Great people don’t just do what is asked or expected: They ANTICIPATE by doing things WITHOUT BEING ASKED. For example: If your boss EVER has to ask you for a status report on something you are working on you are FAILING. Yes, you are failing even if you are actually doing great work and are […]

The BBC Meets August

Had a great time on Business Matters last night on the BBC. I know lots of you are now kicking yourselves for missing out. But take heart here’s the link online. As usual I am witty, succinct, incisive and perspicacious so don’t miss it! After my guest appearance on the BBC’s show Business Matters, Melissa […]

Turak on Income for Baby Boomers

I joined Ken Queen, host of the Income for Baby Boomers Podcast recently. He asked a lot of questions about my beginnings as an entrepreneur, and we covered many aspects of starting a business. I think some of his questions, and my responses could lead to some important business insights. We had a lot of fun […]

God Speaks

Is God a Taoist? written by Raymond M. Smullyan in 1977 is hands down one of the coolest things I’ve ever read and it is hilariously funny to boot.  It is a conversation between God and a mortal man who wants to be freed from his own free will.  It was written by a logician and later in […]

Brother Robert

Mepkin Abbey recently lost my friend and Hero Br. Robert.  It was Br. Robert who in my book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks, tells me,  “You know everyone wants to die like a Trappist, but no one wants to live like one.” Br. Robert was an incredibly hard worker.Every day for many years he […]

It’s Good To Be A Saint

Several weeks ago my brother Tom and I went to Myrtle beach to see our Aunt Helen and her children our cousins. My Aunt Helen is my father’s younger sister and I simply adore her.  When I was a kid we couldn’t afford vacations, but for me spending a couple weeks every summer visiting my […]

The Power of Transformation & Personal Trainers

August Turak recently took his own advice when he embarked upon a personal journey to physical health. You can read about his journey in the YMCA of the Triangles article, One Secret to Success: Hire a Personal Trainer. The proof is in the pics. Here are the before and after photos of Turak’ s journey and […]

My Mom

In 1984 my mother died. It is now 2015. She has been dead for 31 years. I am now just one year older than she was when she passed away at 61. My mother married at what was then the ripe old age of 28 and went on to have 10 pregnancies and 8 children […]

Glad Tidings of Great Joy

I am thrilled to announce that my book,  Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity has just been released in paperback by Columbia Business School Publishing. It seems to be doing well since Business Secrets has rocketed back up the Amazon charts of best sellers. If you could be so kind I […]

The Perfect Weekend

I just finished up an incredible weekend with Steve Shriver and Ray Sosko– two old friends from grade school. It was also Ray and Steve who, when we were just twenty, accompanied me to that momentous lecture by that hill billy Zen Master who radically upended my life. What made our reunion so special is […]

My Father’s Question

Interludes of openness and candor between my father and me were exceedingly rare. So rare in fact that I remember and treasure every one of them. Several years before he died at 86 he suddenly said. “Augie, what you’ve built your life around is too abstract. People need things that are down to earth and […]

Some Good News

I’ve just learned that The Boomer Business Owner podcast featuring yours truly just passed 1000 unique downloads. Many thanks to Charlie Poznek for the opportunity and of course I am thrilled that my message of selfless service seems to be resonating with so many business folks.

Turak on All Things Connected with Dr. Julie

August Turak joined Dr. Julie Krull on The Dr. Julie Show ~ All Things Connected to discuss Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks. Listen to the podcast here. This podcast airs on Transformation Talk Radio – “Transforming the World One Listener at a Time!” The Dr. Julie Show explores the interconnection of life – within our […]

August on The Boomer Business Owner with Charlie Poznek

August Turak was featured on The Boomer Business Owner podcast with Charlie Poznek! Check out the interview. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN “The trappist monks and people like Warren Buffet are successful not despite the fact that they have high principles and ethical standards, but because they do.”  How the foundations of capitalism can be traced back […]

Behind the Noise

Ever feel like the world is filled with a little too much madness and not enough meaning? Check out the demo for August Turak’s upcoming new Static Beach show, Behind the Noise. About Static Beach… The Static Beach story begins in Los Angeles in 2006, when founder Mark Sutherland was walking in his newly adopted […]