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.