Entrepreneurship, Meaning and Authenticity

Stephen Lahey of Small Business talent has a transformative conversation with August Turak in this podcast. [READ MORE] In this podcast, August shares his fascinating perspective on a number of topics, including: Your business as a vehicle for personal development The value of following your intuition in business and life What “The Hero’s Journey” means […]

From Russia with Love

Several years ago I met Masha in St. Petersburg, Russia while there for my friends Dina and Slava’s wedding. She was working the front desk of my hotel, and when I returned the following year we renewed our friendship. But soon she hesitantly told me that she needed a serious operation and despite working two […]

The Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

Founding Partner of BrandingBusiness, Ray Baird sits down with August Turak, entrepreneur, business consultant and the author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity to share principles that have enabled the monks to excel at business for hundreds of years. Listen to the podcast. Topics covered in this […]

What Can You Learn About Business From Monks?

What if you spent much of your time with monks? You’d probably be calmer, make more money, and sparkle on the radio! August Turak lights the way with Maureen Anderson on her radio talk show,  Doing What Works… “your guide to a better life!” So turn off your phone, enjoy the conversation, and get in touch with […]

My Mom

In 1984 my mother died. It is now 2014. She has been dead for 30 years. I am now the same age she was when she passed away–61. My mother married at what was then the ripe old age of 28 and went on to have 10 pregnancies and 8 children in the ensuing 12 […]

Enjoying Business Secrets at Mepkin Abbey

Last summer the monks of Mepkin Abbey dedicated a new retreat center to my hero and the hero of my book: Fr. Francis Kline. The retreat center is an architectural and engineering marvel with its own common area and chapel. It is worth a trip to Mepkin just to see it. As a result I […]

CBEX Presents August Turak

CBEX Speaker Series Transforming Business A conversation with August Turak Charlotte Business Exchange is pleased to be hosting successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award winning author, August Turak for a conversation about values & business. The public event will be held on May 1st from 7 – 8:30am at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus. A […]

The Life-Changing Leadership Secrets of The Trappist Monks

August Turak recently joined Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie on The More Human Leadership Podcast to discuss Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks. Listen to the podcast to discover… Why August drove through the gates of the Mepkin Abbey in 1996 How his observations of service and selflessness led to a popular Forbes article, and then […]

Purity of Purpose

It’s a long story that should be book: A book I’d write if I thought anyone would believe me, but I once met and befriended an American man who had spent 17 years fighting to the death in an Asian underground martial arts circuit. He happened to be staying at my house for his birthday […]

Business Secrets Wins Axiom Book Award

My editor at Columbia University Press just informed me that Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks is now an award-winning book. I was delighted to hear this and wanted to share the news with all of you and thank you once again for your help in making my book so successful. Hi August – I’m […]

Gone… But Not Forgotten

March 18th was my brother Jamie’s birthday. 12 years ago he, my brother Dan and my brother Tom were snowmobiling in the Rocky Mountains near Vale when they veered off the trail in whiteout conditions and -40 degree temperatures. One, two, three they all plunged over a 400 foot cliff. Though seriously injured Dan and […]

Turak Named Keynote Speaker for Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

August Turak has been named the keynote speaker at the OEN’s Angel Oregon Spring 2014 Showcase which is being held on April 16th, 2014. Whether you’re an early-stage entrepreneur hoping to gain visibility for your company, an investor looking for the Next Big Idea, or a business leader seeking new connections, OEN hopes you’ll join them […]

Business Secrets Released in Korea and Taiwan

Good News! My book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks has been translated into Korean and Chinese for release in Korea and Taiwan. I just heard that a Portuguese version will soon be released in Brazil. My congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Justine Evans at my publisher Columbia University Press for doing these deals. Here’s […]

How I Won Isabel’s Heart

“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” - Alfred Lord Tennyson I keep telling people that when service and selflessness pays off it pays off in ways you can’t anticipate or expect. Well it just happened for me. A Mexican-American bricklayer repaired a wall for me last weekend. On Sunday […]

August’s Appearance on The Boss Show

August recently appeared on The Boss Show with co-hosts Jim Hessler and Steve Montenko. Jim & Steve discuss with Turak the profound business success of the Trappist Monks and explore why personal growth shouldn’t be seen as a path to success. Click here to listen! Jim Hessler is known as “the business guy” and Steve Montenko is […]