August Turak is an award winning author, speaker, contributor for the BBC, founder of the Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation, and author of the book, "Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks".
If you’ve ever wanted to know the purpose of life and why you’re here, then do we have the Brother John show for you! Today I’ll be talking with August Turak, award winning author, speaker, contributor for, and the BBC, founder of the Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation, author of "Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks", and one of the most beautiful, meaningful books I’ve ever read, "Brother John". And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about a monk, a pilgrim, and the purpose of life!   Key Points Discussed: What are happy accidents? What happened to August after jumping out of an airplane? What was his dark night of the soul? How did August end up working for MTV before they even launched? How did he go from being a CEO to cleaning monastery toilets? What did he learn when he first went to a Trappist Monastery? What does he mean that work is a form or prayer? What does it mean that everything is sacred? Who is Brother John and what is his magical umbrella? What can we learn from Brother John? What is the true purpose of our life? Why are we so scared to see what the purpose is of our individual lives? How do we dive into our purpose? What is the truth of the meaning of life? What’s the importance of self-commitment, and to what??? What are the biggest lies? What are we so afraid of? What does it mean to act on faith? What is grace? What’s the importance of living a meaningful life? What does it mean “Trappist monks don’t just make success happen, they let success happen” What can we learn about business success from Trappist monks??? What can we learn from near death experiences about the meaning of life???   Additional Resources: …….   For free meditations, weekly tips, stories, and similar shows visit:   To support the show and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access, visit:   And to follow Inspire Nation (and the lives of Michael and Jessica) on Instagram, go to
Ryan opens this hour with author August Turak discussing his book "Brother John: A Monk, A Pilgrim, and the Purpose of Life” about finding an authentic purposeful life.  After that, Ryan shares some things of note about Stan Kronke and the Rams following their loss on Sunday.  Rounding out the hour, Ryan previews and reviews some of the major political lines in Missouri with Barb Barrett from Pew's Stateline. Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts? Leave us a 5-star review: and subscribe to Overnight America on other great apps like
August Turak joins me on the Business Builders Show / to talk about his successful business career, business secrets of Trappist Monks, and his incredible story and BEAUTIFUL book,  Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim, and the Purpose of Life.  EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS GIFT!August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive and award-winning author who attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey since 1996. As a frequent monastic guest, he learned firsthand from the monks as they grew an incredibly successful portfolio of businesses. Service and selflessness are at the heart of the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition's remarkable business success. It is an ancient though immensely relevant economic model that preserves what is positive and productive about capitalism while transcending its ethical limitations and internal contradictions. Combining case studies from his thirty-year business career with intimate portraits of the monks at work, Turak shows how Trappist principles can be successfully applied to secular business settings and to our personal lives as well. He demonstrates that monks, people like Warren Buffett and other "transformational organizations" are successful not despite their high principles but because of them. @augustturakListen to this powerful story and then order a bunch of the Brother John books for all those who you know are always searching for the purpose of life.Thanks for listening! You can find all our shows and many other fine shows at You can learn more about my executive coaching / business consulting businesses at and See for privacy and opt-out information.
One of the greatest upsides of age is the growing urge many of us feel to focus more on the spiritual aspects of life. To these ends, our guest, August Turak, joins us to share the story behind his remarkable, award-winning book, Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim, and the Purpose of Life. The story surrounds a magical encounter on Christmas Eve that led the author, and his readers, to the redemptive power of an authentically purposeful life. Whether you adhere to an organized religion, consider yourself an agnostic or believe in a Universal Spirit, you’ll want to check out this extraordinary look into the purpose of life… so be sure to tune in for this one!
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