CowBoy Code’s Four Pillars: How to Be a Good Cowboy.


LIFE OF A COWBOY is never easy. It is said that it takes a special breed of men and women to become cowboys and

Cowboy’s life is filled with difficulties; a hard job and existence in hostile territory in the Wild West. Bristling with danger, and endless endurance of strenuous and arduous living.

Many is wondering why some men would prefer the hard life of the cowboy? Some may say this is the only life I know. Others may be drawn from the romance and the legendary life surrounding a cowboy’s life. But mostly – this concern mostly real cowboys – claim that being a cowboy is a way of life that is synonymous to honor, honesty and integrity and ethical living. A cowboy is reliable and dependable. And you can take their word and hold on to their promise. More reliable than a lawyer’s contract.

Real Cowboys said that you don’t have to work or be a cowboy to become a cowboy. Being a way of life, anybody can lead this type of life. Be it a lawyer or politician. Two of the most despicable and dishonorable profession and type of person in the world. Followed by pedophiles and child-molester, serial-killers, rapist and abortionist.

No, a cowboy’s way of life is open to anybody, who can uphold and maintain its strict standard of morality and righteous principles. You have to live the Cowboy’s Code of life.

CowBoy’s Code: The Four Pillars

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  • Live Each Day with Courage.

Our lives are brimming with difficulties, uncertainty, hardship and insecurities. These difficulties often stop us from doing the things we should be doing. Miss out on opportunities that come our way because of fear. Want to be an author or novelist, but the fear of failure looms in your head, like the sword of Damocles that you hesitate, and forever put on hold your cherish dreams. Cowboy’s code tells us to face our greatest fears with courage and conquer it. No matter what we do in life. We look fear in the eye and seize it by horns, and subdue it. As the only four-term president of the US, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: There is Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself. How often do you met a girl you like – the girl of dreams – but was afraid to tell her how you feel, because you are too scared, that she will turn you down and laugh in your face because you think you are not good enough for her? The golden opportunity lost forever. Blaming yourself and wishing you had taken the chance. As Babe Ruth once said: Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. Fear is only that fear.

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  • Take Pride in Your Work.

No matter how lowly you think you or work might be, you shouldn’t think of it yourself. There is no lowly work, nor is there a lowly person who do an honest day work. A cowboy’s code requires a person to provide a sincere, appropriate, accurate and truthful job as expected by their employer. The code also implies that there is no job so lowly and embarrassing, except those that are dishonest and criminal in nature. Lowly job, does not equate how much compensation you make. Any work, be it cleaning the city’s sewer, doing manicure or pedicure to a ballet dancer or embalmer is not consider lowly if you feel a sense of achievement and contentment. Or experience joy in doing your job and accomplishing it. Stealing the retirement fund of government pensioners, or embezzling government funding and getting away with it. And living on high-rise condo’s or large estate because of this doesn’t give modern-day cowboy any pride. Only shame.

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Working cowboy on horse with dogs herding Angus cattle on open range.
  • Talk Less Say More.

Two of my favorite people lawyers and politics love to do the opposite of this. They talk more and more but saying nothing significant. What any laconic cowboy does is talk only when ask. And sparely as that. Answering directly the questioned asked. Like a scene of a Willie Nelson movie I saw when I was young. Willie played a Marshall sent to quell a riot. The mayor seeing Willie Nelson alit from the train alone rushed to him and ask: Are you alone? Willie said: yep. Mayor: are you crazy? How can one man stop a riot? Willie said: How many riots are there? Mayor: only one. Willie: then I’m alone. One riot requires one Marshall. Cowboys rarely speak, letting their actions speak for them. As Cowboys usually say: action speaks louder than voice.

  • Finish What You Started.
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A US Army Veteran who lost an arm and a leg in the battle at Bataan, who is a good friend of my grandfather, because they fought in the war together, became guerillas when dug-out Doug Macarthur left the Philippines for Australia. He said to me when I was ten tagging along with my grandpa, Boy when you mean to do something, you must pursue it until you get it done, and never quit until you are satisfied with the result. Look at the Japanese, they started a war with us – without telling us that we are at war – but they didn’t finish the job, because finish it for them.

When you promised somebody, you gonna do something for them, be sure you gonna do it to their satisfaction, otherwise, you ain’t worth a man. Needless, to say, the US Army Veteran was from Fort Worth. Her grandmother, was one of the original settlers of Fort Worth when it was nothing but an army fort. One of his great- great grandfather was with Lt. Col. William Barret “Buck” Travis at Alamo. Her great grandmother was one of the original Daughters of Texas, who perpetuated the memories of the Alamo Defenders. Cowboy code insist that no matter how difficult or how dangerous the job is, when you took the job and promise to do it, you must finish the job at all cost, no matter what it cost to you.

We encourage people who read this, and hopefully like the content, to tell us what you think of the Cowboy code, or share your experience with any cowboy stories and experiences living at the outdoors.

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Ethan Smith is a seasoned marine veteran, professional blogger, witty and edgy writer, and an avid hunter. He spent a great deal of his childhood years around the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Watching active hunters practise their craft initiated him into the world of hunting and rubrics of outdoor life. He also honed his writing skills by sharing his outdoor experiences with fellow schoolmates through their high school’s magazine. Further along the way, the US Marine Corps got wind of his excellent combination of skills and sought to put them into good use by employing him as a combat correspondent. He now shares his income from this prestigious job with his wife and one kid. Read more >>