The Poor Monk
I was given this moving piece titled: The Poor Monk, from a monk at Mepkin Abbey. It was written by an annoymous monk and spread from monastery to monastery. It is such a wonderful description of the spirtual path that I've decided to share it here on my blog.
The Authenticity Summit: Happy Accidents
Walk in Faith
Mepkin Abbey Q&A
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 Perfect Weekend
What made our reunion so special is that it was almost utterly free of the bane of my existence: CHIT CHAT. Hour after hour and with not a hint of boredom or fatigue our conversation effortlessly flowed. Politics, philosophy, science, Roman history, technology, mysticism, poetry, sexuality, art, psychedelics, parenting, mythology, economics, leadership,demographics, the meaning of life, the Three Stooges or the genius of Fire Sign Theater it didn't matter: We covered 'em all...
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 tangible. Practical things they can feel and touch. What you're offering is too ethereal."
"I know what you mean Dad," I replied, "but that is exactly the point. What most folks consider real is what I find ethereal and what they think is ethereal is what I think is rock solid real."
He looked at me quizzically. "Look at...
The Magical Memories of My Merry Christmases Past
But no matter how tough times were my parents went "all in" for Christmas. As kids we never went to the movies, but we got every toy in the world for Christmas!
Making a magical Christmas meant my father (who was usually already working two jobs) would work the night shift at the post office as a temp helping Uncle Sam with his Christmas rush. My mother would work like a galley slave meticulously cleaning...
The Kickass Life with David Wood
In this interview with David Woods, Turak shares: Why he went to Mepkin Abbey and what it was like for him He will talk about service and selflessness What is the life worth living Why Trappists are so good at business Building his business and enjoying the challenge Combining heart with hard work and what’s the secret How he started writing What authenticity means to August The secret to happiness The importance of Trust Click here for this podcast episode.
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Turak on Friday Night Live
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An "On the Air" sign blinks red Friday, August 9th signaling Mark Sutherland to kick off his live show on Static Beach in Hermosa Beach, CA. Ready to jump in are co-hosts Staphanie Reibel and Robin Goodridge, of Bush rock band fame. "Friday Night Live," which broadcasts from 7 to 10 p.m., is a roundtable of chat between the trio interspersed with music, guest interviews and live acoustic performances, which serves the beach and...
Turak's Business Secrets on Charlotte Talks
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When Mike Collins last spoke with August Turak, he'd just written his thoughts about concepts he learned from visits with Trappist Monks in South Carolina in a Forbes.com article. He laid out several "secrets" of the monks' practices that are centered on service and selflessness that could be used to make businesses better at what they do. Since then, he's written an entire book on the concept and has shared additional inspiring stories of the monks. Mr. Turak lays out how businesses could learn from the Trappist Monks' practices, and he joins...
Miracle on the Mississippi, Down in the Delta
Down in the Delta, Outsiders Who Arrived to Teach Now Find a Home by Brent Schulte appeared in The New York Times on July 21st. Doug Friedlander's dedication, determination, and above all else his many acts of service and selflessness have once again made the news! Much thanks to Doug and his lovely wife, Anna for all their many acts of service and selflessness and for all the ways they continue to give back in Helena, Arkansas and beyond!
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Service and Selflessness Spotlight: Images Everything
With the help of the communication director at Mepkin Abbey, we tracked down the photographer and began negotiations for obtaining the needed photos. It is with heartfelt gratitude that...
August Turak on the SmallBusinessTalent.com Podcast
“I think that you’ll find August’s unique perspective both practical and uplifting.” - Stephen Lahey
August Turak was recently interviewed by Stephen Lahey on the SmallBusinessTalent.com® podcast on business/personal transformation. The SmallBusinessTalent.com podcast provides you with fresh sales and marketing ideas from real-world experts — people with years of hands-on experience building healthy businesses with strong sales and marketing results. The free SmallBusinessTalent.com podcast is hosted by Stephen Lahey and is published once a week. Lahey provides you with practical advice and useful sales and marketing content. All podcast episodes are well-edited — condensed to stay focused, but long enough to deliver actionable information. It’s all about helping you grow your business in a more profitable and fulfilling way.
A Wake-Up Call For Leadership
I was channel surfing one day when I found myself watching an obviously brain injured young woman being attended to by three nurses. She was in a semi-comatose, twilight condition and the nurses were trying to wake her up. Propping her limp body into a sitting position, they began poking, prodding, and speaking to her sharply while she, with eyes rolling wildly in fear and confusion, angrily flailed at them trying to get them to leave her alone so she could go back to sleep.
Ignoring her resistance, a nurse eventually forced a tooth brush into her hand. With...
The 3 Secrets to Conflict Resolution
Duke University - Five Years with a Zen Master
Warren Buffett and Cardinal Lamberto: The Two Best Kept Secrets to Success
As a huge fan of the first two Godfather movies, like many people I was disappointed by Godfather III. But I found one scene both profound and compelling. Michael Corleone has turned for advice to Cardinal Lamberto. Reading Michael’s unspoken guilt over the murder of his brother, the Cardinal extracts a stone from a fountain.
“Look at this stone,” he says. "It has been lying in the water for a very long time. But the water has not penetrated it.” He breaks the stone open on the fountain. “Look, perfectly dry.” Michael reaches into his...
Zen Leadership: The Toughest (Best) Business Decision I Ever Made
In 1973 I dropped out of college and took a job jockeying a jack hammer in order to study full time under a West Virginia hillbilly, family man, house painter, and Zen Master hovering just above the poverty line in Wheeling, West Virginia. A poster child for the anti-guru, he claimed no lineage, accepted no money, and I was his first student. He cared deeply, lived carelessly, and couldn’t care less,...
Charlie Munger's Valentine: Why Finding True Love Is Like Picking Great Stocks
The Valentine’s Day episode of This American Life on NPR chronicled the extraordinary things that people will do for love. One spurned woman was so broken hearted when her ex-boyfriend refused to return her calls that she left his phone number on restroom walls imploring other women to intercede for her. So many of her sympathetic sisters rallied to her side that he did call: Only to angrily demand that she stop leaving his phone number on restroom walls.
As the saying goes, I can relate. As a callow,...