By August Turak
August Turak is a profitable entrepreneur, company govt, and award-winning writer who attributes a lot of his luck to dwelling and dealing along the Trappist clergymen of Mepkin Abbey for seventeen years. As a common monastic visitor, he realized firsthand from the priests as they grew an exceptionally winning portfolio of businesses.
Service and selflessness are on the middle of the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition's awesome company luck. it really is an historic although immensely appropriate fiscal version that preserves what's confident and efficient approximately capitalism whereas transcending its moral obstacles and inner contradictions. Combining shiny case experiences from his thirty-year company occupation with intimate photographs of the priests at paintings, Turak exhibits how Trappist ideas could be effectively utilized to a number of secular enterprise settings and to our own lives besides. He demonstrates that priests and folks like Warren Buffett are wildly profitable now not regardless of their excessive rules yet as a result of them. Turak additionally introduces different "transformational agencies" that percentage the an important monastic enterprise techniques so severe for success.
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He hails from a wealthy family in Washington, DC, and is as comfortable discussing the relative merits of exclusive New England boarding schools as he is discussing the weather. He has PhDs in philosophy, theology, and canon law and was already a successful lawyer when he decided to become a Franciscan priest. He has a prodigious memory and peppers his points with quotations from Shakespeare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and a host of other authors and poets, and as he does so, he moves effortlessly among English, French, Latin, and Greek as his source demands.
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The article, “Business Secrets of the Trappists,” was very successful, and it was Fred Allen who urged me to turn the article into a book. And it was another happy accident—a chance meeting between a friend and my wonderful publisher, Myles Thompson—that led me to Columbia University Press and all the amazing people there who made this book possible. It was a long series of largely serendipitous events that turned me into a writer, and herein lies another important secret that the monks have to teach.