Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for by August Turak

By August Turak

August Turak is a winning entrepreneur, company government, and award-winning writer who attributes a lot of his good fortune to residing and dealing along the Trappist clergymen of Mepkin Abbey for seventeen years. As a widespread monastic visitor, he realized firsthand from the clergymen as they grew a really winning portfolio of businesses.

Service and selflessness are on the center of the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition's awesome enterprise luck. it truly is an old although immensely correct financial version that preserves what's confident and efficient approximately capitalism whereas transcending its moral barriers and inner contradictions. Combining brilliant case experiences from his thirty-year enterprise profession with intimate photos of the clergymen at paintings, Turak indicates how Trappist ideas will be effectively utilized to quite a few secular enterprise settings and to our own lives in addition. He demonstrates that priests and folks like Warren Buffett are wildly profitable no longer regardless of their excessive rules yet as a result of them. Turak additionally introduces different "transformational businesses" that proportion the an important monastic company concepts so severe for success.

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And when this transformation from selfishness to selflessness finally takes place, we find its full flower in the almost supernatural feats of men like Father Malachy. This transformation goes by as many names as there are cultures and can be religious, secular, or even both, but the key is that it always produces a more selfless individual. And when the opportunity for this transformation is offered collectively through mission and methodology, it leads to a more successful family, club, nonprofit, or corporation.

In the monastic tradition, the Desert is where a monk is “formed” through a process of intellectual, moral, psychological, and spiritual development known as formation. The word asceticism is actually derived from the Greek for athletic training, and it is this wider, nonreligious sense of the word that is applicable to many cinematic dramatizations, such as The Devil Wears Prada, which are secular in nature and only metaphorically spiritual. The Desert stage may last for years, and since it is often marked by little more than monotonous tenacity in the face of continual failure orchestrated by a well-intentioned but exasperating teacher, it is not surprising that its cinematic depictions are usually radically abbreviated.

The trajectory of the human race—what we call civilization—is a similar movement from the selfishness of kings toward the selflessness of democracy, and history’s economic models share this halting trajectory from win/lose toward win/win. Capitalism is not as selfish as the mercantilist system that preceded it, and mercantilism in turn was a big step forward from feudalism. The current worldwide economic crisis is often blamed on the greed, selfishness, and unethical excesses of unbridled free-market capitalism.

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