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Mepkin Abbey Q&A

Mepkin Abbey Q&A
Sep 03, 2018 by August Turak
What is a Monastic Guest? As a monastic guest I actually get to live and work side by side with the monks. I have been doing this for many years and it provides a much richer experience.

Why do you go? Many reasons... It's a chance to reconnect with people I love and respect. It's a way to remember what is really important in life. And, it's a way to experience what the monks like to call "the freedom of obedience."

What do you mean by, "the freedom of obedience"? A monastic guest is the lowest head on the monastic totem pole. I just do whatever Brother John asks me to do and I am grateful for the privilege to do it. For most of us,...

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled
Aug 14, 2018 by August Turak
Taking heat for taking the road less traveled is what makes the road less traveled the road less traveled. However, taking the heat is what makes taking the road less traveled worth taking in the first place.

We are hopelessly spoiled today. We want all the adventure, thrills and potential admiration that comes with taking the road less traveled without paying the price for the privilege.

At 20 I walked away from a bright future and every semblance of "normality" to take my own road less traveled. I was usually ignored, often pitied, sometimes ridiculed, and on more than a few occasions even threatened with violent attack. I mostly just felt lonely, alienated, and misunderstood, but it never occurred to me to...

Enjoying Business Secrets at Mepkin Abbey

Enjoying Business Secrets at Mepkin Abbey
May 18, 2018 by August Turak
Throwback Thursday - In the summer of 2014 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 was especially moved to get this note a few days later from one of the men who built the retreat center. "Mr.Turak - Good day, Jamie Kilgallen from Charleston, SC here. Truly enjoying your book, "Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks". I work for Jimmy Hightower, President of Hightower Construction Co, - a 56 year old Charleston General Contractor that aspires to be '"selfless" - Jimmy is for sure - and...

Education and Achievement

Mar 20, 2018 by August Turak
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?"

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I didn't like the question or his attitude but I played along.

"I don't know.  I'll probably be a Russian history professor."

"Do you know how many jobs open up each year in this country for Russian history professors?  Maybe three."

"That's great," I said.  "That's two more than I need."

Every so often I remember that incident, and I always wonder where I got such self confidence at such an early age.  I am an...

The Source of Inspiration: How to Get and Stay Inspired

The Source of Inspiration: How to Get and Stay Inspired
Jan 01, 2018 by August Turak
A consistent complaint in corporate America is that inspirational speeches fail to bring lasting results. Most people believe that inspiration leads to action when usually it is action that leads to inspiration. It is the actions we take even when we don’t feel inspired that eventually bring inspiration in their wake.

Imagine losing weight or getting in shape. Few out of shape people feel inspired to go on a diet or start frequenting the gym. As a matter of fact, one of the symptoms of being out of shape is a listless inability to feel inspired about anything. Rather than inspiration, it is usually the desperation we feel when we jump on the scale that initially sends us to the gym.

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Wisdom for the Ages

Nov 02, 2017 by August Turak
I recently joined a group of elite speakers at the WISDOM for Modern Workplaces Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 3 - 4, 2017. It turned out to be an incredible landmark conference on workplace culture and wellbeing, and I met A plethora of wonderful, wonderful people.

It seemed as if each person I met was even more interesting than the last. I spent two whole days wishing I had more time to spend with the person I was currently talking to!

I think it is safe to say that my talk was well received since I sold every book I brought along as well as taking orders for 15 more.

I have lost count of how many conferences of this type...

The Teacher's Path with Pete Reilly

The Teacher's Path with Pete Reilly
Feb 09, 2016 by August Turak
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 especially important for those who work in schools on behalf of children.

Click here to watch the videos.

You are also invited to check out Pete Reilly's book: A Path with Heart

"A Path with Heart" is an invitation to think about great teaching as a journey of personal and professional self-discovery. Master Teachers understand, and research confirms, that it’s not only what we “know” about our subject...

The BBC and Me on Russia and More

The BBC and Me on Russia and More
Jan 26, 2016 by August Turak
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 night!!

Overview of this episode:

Moscow says the economy shrank by 3.7% in 2015. Alexei Zakharov, assistant professor at the Higher School of Economics tells us how the government will try to manage the economic decline. Also, we find out why the US Treasury has told the BBC that it considers the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, to be corrupt.

It has been a turbulent year since Syriza won...

The BBC and Me on Pfizer and More

The BBC and Me on Pfizer and More
Nov 24, 2015 by August Turak
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 me last night!!

Overview of this episode:

A $160bn deal has been struck to create the world's biggest pharmaceutical company. US based drug giant Pfizer, maker of among other things Viagra and Lipitor, would merge with Allergan - the maker of Botox that is based in Ireland. It could save Pfizer hundreds of millions a year in taxes - as it would move its headquarters...

The BBC and Me on The World Cup and More

The BBC and Me on The World Cup and More
Oct 29, 2015 by August Turak
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 me last night!!

Overview of this episode:

You might have thought FIFA's reputation could not get any worse, but the suspended president of the world governing body of football has now revealed that the votes for the host of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were a sham. The head of the English Football Association, Greg Dyke, says there may now be ground to demand...

Fear and Loathing and the Crusades

Fear and Loathing and the Crusades
Oct 22, 2015 by August Turak
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 booty and women against an innocent and peace loving Muslim world.

In fact the Crusades... were not an attack: They were instead a COUNTERATTACK. Most Americans are so blissfully ignorant of history that we don't know that all of North Africa and the Middle East including modern Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and Iran were once solidly CHRISTIAN.

Over hundreds of years and at the point of the...

The BBC and Me on Refugees and More

The BBC and Me on Refugees and More
Oct 16, 2015 by August Turak
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 you missed me last night!!

Overview of this episode:

The long war in Syria has left its immediate neighbours struggling to cope with huge numbers of refugees - numbers that dwarf the figures that are proving so hard for Europe's collective leadership to tackle. The UN Refugee Agency's planning figures project a possible 937,000 Syrians in Jordan - and as many as 1.8 million in...

Life, God and Carpet Installation

Life, God and Carpet Installation
Oct 01, 2015 by August Turak
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 meant that their endless remodeling Odyssey was finally at an end.

Inevitably they would insist on giving us the Cook's Tour of their home spun home improvements replete with stories of how it all came about.

These tours always left me feeling sweetly melancholy and sad.  Why?  Because to a man and woman they were invariably wonderful people who had obviously worked long and hard on the...

The BBC and Me on Volkswagen and More

The BBC and Me on Volkswagen and More
Sep 24, 2015 by August Turak
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 me last night!!

Overview of this episode:

Volkswagen was a brand that seemed to epitomise German efficiency and reliability. Not anymore. The scandal of deliberately falsified emission tests has grown to the point where Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn has had to resign. The company has set aside €6.5bn to deal with the probable costs. So who could be faced with the task of turning the...

Want To Be Successful Without Selling Your Soul?

Want To Be Successful Without Selling Your Soul?
Aug 31, 2015 by August Turak
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 life. Friday's show is a recap of the week and the simple things you can do to be more successful in your personal and professional lives. Join us! http://bit.ly/1STiTunes

Below are link's and overviews of each episode. Monday, August 31, 2015: http://bit.ly/AT76ws Tuesday, September 1, 2015: http://bit.ly/AT77ws Wednesday, September 3, 2015: http://bit.ly/AT78ws Thursday, September 3, 2015: http://bit.ly/AT79ws Friday, September 4, 2015: http://bit.ly/AT80ws

  We're so grateful that August was a guest on the 1...

The Life Worth Living

The Life Worth Living
Aug 13, 2015 by August Turak
"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 pasted to every fridge I've rented or owned since I was about 20.

I especially love that Dostoevsky is arguing that the path to becoming an authentic human being lies in trying to solve what may very well be an insoluble mystery.

Secondly I am astounded that a boy so young could realize that "becoming a man" is the highest aspiration one can aspire to. Though in a...

The BBC and Me

The BBC and Me
Aug 13, 2015 by August Turak
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 was titled: Would you make a good entrepreneur? It posed the following question:

Do you have what it takes to successfully start a business, and grow it into a large and profitable company? Many of us have dreamed of setting up our own business, of becoming our own boss, and earning our own way in the world.

Take the BBC Business Matters two-minute biz quiz to discover their...

A Secret to Success

A Secret to Success
Aug 08, 2015 by August Turak
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 ahead of schedule.

Like Radar O'Reilly in the old TV series MASH, the secret to success is proactively getting out in front of things.

For example, if a man's wife has to ask/remind him about their anniversary he will end up buying twice the roses for barely half the credit!

If I have to ask you for the five bucks I lent you then even if you quickly produce...

The BBC Meets August

The BBC Meets August
Jul 21, 2015 by August Turak
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 told me that they want to have me on a regular basis as a contributor. I am thrilled. First of all I'm a big fan of the BBC and listen myself. But more importantly it demonstrates that my message of service and selflessness is resonating with a world wide audience.

Maybe I'm not "a voice crying in the wilderness" after all!

My thanks once again to so many...

Turak on Income for Baby Boomers

Turak on Income for Baby Boomers
Jul 07, 2015 by August Turak
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 too! Click here to listen.