Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks was written by August Turak who founded two highly successful software businesses after a corporate career with firms such as MTV. His essay "Brother John" won the grand prize in the John Templeton Foundation's Power of Purpose essay contest. In addition, he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Selling Magazine, the New York Times, and Business Week.
The book is comprised of the following chapters:
- The Economic Miracle of Mepkin Abbey
- What We All Really Want
- The End of Selfishness
- Goat Rodeos and the Transformational Organization
- Selflessness and Community
- Excellence for the Sake of Excellence
- Ethical Standards, or, Why Good Things Happen for Good People
- The Power of Trust
- Self-knowledge and Authenticiy
- Living the Life
The author shares his experience living and working alongside the Trappist Monks of Mepkin Abbey for 17 years. He learned first hand as the monks grew a successful portfolio of businesses.
As a result, he learned valuable business lessons that he could apply to his own ventures. Throughtout the book, the author shares case studies of his own businesses as well as the monks at work.
His time spent with the monks was so profound that it was a life changing experience. In the book, he shows how the Trappist principles can be suucessfully applied to business and our personal lives.
Service and selflessness are the cornerstone of the monastic tradition's business success. This model preserves what is positive and productive about capitalism while transcending its ethical limitations and internal contradictions.
As a result, businesses can achieve greater success by learning and understsanding these principles. The author demonstrates his success and the success of other organizations who share the same business strategies.
The book is an interesting read that shares some great business and life principles that can enhance and advance one's situation. The author's style is inviting and easy to read.