August Turak: "The Economic Miracle of Mepkin Abbey"

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

This week our featured book is Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning, by August Turak. Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award-winning writer. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Selling Magazine, the New York Times, and Business Week. He is also a popular leadership contributor at His website is

Today we have an excerpt from “The Economic Miracle of Mepkin Abbey,” the first chapter of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks. In this chapter, Turak explains his interest in the Trappist way of living and of conducting business: “How do a couple dozen aged monks at Mepkin, working only part time and largely in silence, achieve such amazing business success? … How do monks compete so successfully in the open market while maintaining only the highest ethical standards and commitment to quality? And, most importantly, how can we apply these Trappist techniques to our secular corporations, nonprofits, families, and even our personal lives with equally explosive results?”

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