July 17, 2013

What one businessman learned about success from Trappist monks

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The monks of Mepkin Abbey and a few monastic guests do a "Cloister Walk," where the abbot leads the community from the noon service in church over to the refectory for lunch. Photo by Dr. William C. Carter III, MD

The monks of Mepkin Abbey and a few monastic guests do a "Cloister Walk," where the abbot leads the community from the noon service in church over to the refectory for lunch. Photo by Dr. William C. Carter III, MD

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(RNS) With each visit over the course of 17 years, August Turak became more fascinated with how the elderly monks conduct their businesses at South Carolina's Mepkin Abbey. His new book, “Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity," tells what he learned.