The Teacher’s Path with Pete Reilly

Join Pete Reilly for an interview with August Turak as they discuss Turak’s spiritual quest, how it led him to Mepkin Abbey, and eventually extraordinary business success. They discuss how selflessness and a total dedication to service can produce both a transformation fo being and success in the workplace. Reilly states that August’s words are […]

The BBC and Me on Russia and More

Had a great time last night on the BBC show Business Matters. I was joined by Simon Littlewood, President at ACG Global in Singapore. I am huge fan of the BBC and honored to be an ongoing contributor. You can listen here to the show if by some act of God you missed me last […]

The BBC and Me on Pfizer and More

Had a great time last night on the BBC show Business Matters. I was joined by Kate Lorenz, managing director of Ark Relocation, in Hong Kong. I am huge fan of the BBC and honored to be an ongoing contributor. You can listen here to the show if by some act of God you missed […]

Education and Achievement

I was a sophomore in college and I was strolling across campus with a graduate student in engineering who I had just met.  He asked me my major and when I told him that it was Russian history he said disdainfully, “What are you going to DO with it?”                                                  … I didn’t like the […]

The BBC and Me on The World Cup and More

Had a great time last night on the BBC show Business Matters. I was joined by Sofia McFarland of the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. I am huge fan of the BBC and honored to be an ongoing contributor. You can listen here to the show if by some act of God you missed […]

Fear and Loathing and the Crusades

One of the many and sundry calumnies hurled at Christianity today is the myth of the Crusades.  The current popular narrative (echoed recently by the president) maintains that the Crusades were just another example of Western “imperialism” and Christian hypocrisy: Expeditions mounted under the cynical pretext of religion (by vile white men of course!) for […]

The BBC and Me on Refugees and More

Had a great time last night on the BBC show Business Matters. I was joined by Dr. Saqib Qureshi, author of Reconstructing Strategy: Dancing with the Objectivity God. I am huge fan of the BBC and honored to be an ongoing contributor. You can listen here to the show if by some act of God […]

Life, God and Carpet Installation

I spent most of my 20′s on my knees installing carpet. My brother Tom, our truck and tools would accompany me on my pilgrimage from city to city and eventually from house to house. Often we would be greeted at the door by a beaming couple brimming with excitement over the fact that our arrival […]

The BBC and Me on Volkswagen and More

Had a great time last night on the BBC show Business Matters. I was joined by sustainable clothing designer Tom Cridland, in London. I am huge fan of the BBC and honored to be an ongoing contributor on Business Matters. You can listen here to the show if by some act of God you missed […]

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 […]