In keeping with the character theme, I wondered about just good, old-fashioned principles. Are they still valid? Is there a timeless code that we can all adhere to, regardless of our politics, faith, or personal circumstance? According to the website, cowboyethics.org, every cowboy ‘knew what the code was’, even though the code of the West was unwritten.
The man behind the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership, Jim Owen, began his career as a Wall Street insider. In his book, Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West, he shares the guidelines that can be found in the timeless code of the West.
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
Pretty good stuff, and worth a look. What would you add to this list?