AUGUST TURAK is a successful corporate executive, entrepreneur, award-winning author, speaker, and consultant. He is the founder of the educational nonprofit the August Turak Foundation (previously Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation).

His book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One Man’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity, uses 1000 years of Trappist business success and his own entrepreneurial experience to demonstrate the monks are not successful businessmen despite adhering to only the highest ethical values, but because they do.

An inspirational true story, Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim, and the Purpose of Life, combines Turak’s $100,000 Templeton Prize winning story with original oil paintings from award-winning artist, Glenn Harrington.

His new memoir, Not Less Than Everything: One Man’s Quest for Spiritual Enlightenment, reveals how August Turak overcame meaningless depression through a daring quest for life’s purpose. Through a series of wildly entertaining spiritual adventures and life lessons, Turak offers a powerful blueprint for a purposeful life. A life overflowing with joy, peace, and above all gratitude.

Turak has published many popular leadership articles for Forbes and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Selling Magazine, the New York Times, and Business Week.

Turak writes and raises cattle on his seventy-five-acre farm outside Raleigh, NC.