Sage Business Advice From Trappist Monks
Sometimes, a career is compared to a priesthood, but a recent book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity (Columbia Business School Publishing/available now), takes this concept to new levels. Author August Turak, who has earned a reputation as a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive, attributes much of his success to his more than 17 years of living and working part-time alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, S.C. Turak's interest goes beyond the spiritual: He reveals internal practices at Mepkin Abbey that have benefited a long line of lasting, lucrative business ventures. (The monks have sold eggs, exotic mushrooms and other items.) The following nine lessons learned from the Trappist monks can be readily applied to anyone's professional development. Turak was a corporate executive with companies such as MTV, and he later went on to launch two software businesses, Raleigh Group International (RGI) and Elsinore Technologies, which were later sold.