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 […]

Unplugged with August Turak

Behind the Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks 12 hour audio workshop with author August Turak In this 12-hour audio series August Turak talks in-depth about each chapter of his best-selling book Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks (Columbia Business School Publishing, 2013). August personally explains the principles of selfless service and how to apply these […]

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 […]

What Your Kids Need to Know About Leadership

Great leadership is not a skill. Leadership relies on values and attitudes. Here is one attitude that every great leader has. Every month I have dinner with a group of local executives and entrepreneurs. Ostensibly we gather to discuss an assigned reading, but more often than not the conversation devolves into sharing “war stories.” At […]

Food for Thought

Who Is Exploiting Who? Years ago I read a fascinating biology book about how animals and plants “manipulate” and “exploit” people. From a biological perspective the goal of the game is to pass on genes. From this perspective while an apple tree’s competitors are busy going it alone and perhaps going extinct, the apple tree […]