Cowboy Ethics

Today’s reading challenge is Cowboy Ethics What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West by James P. Owen.  Photography by the late David R. Stoecklein.  Owen was a 40 year veteran of Wall Street and for many years he felt a deep anger and shame about the lack of ethical behavior in the world of finance.  During this time he saw the movie Open Range he felt a tremendous emotional pull to get back to simpler times when right and wrong were as clear as black and white.  So he decided to steep himself in the history of the time-honored ways of the working cowboy.  He writes about these rules of the range in his book, Cowboy Ethics.

Code of the West

The following are those rules of the range which are expanded upon in the book:

  1.  Live Each Day With Courage
  2. Take Pride In Your Work
  3. Always Finish What You Start
  4. Do What Has To Be Done
  5. Be Tough, But Fair
  6. When You Make A Promise, Keep It
  7. Ride For The Brand
  8. Talk Less And Say More
  9. Remember That Some Things Aren’t For Sale
  10. Know Where To Draw The Line

Cowboy Ethics is a must-read for anyone who wants to live a values-based life.


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