For centuries, the cowboys have always had a set of codes that guide the way and manner they live their lives, treat people around them and even their animals.
These set of codes are known as the Cowboy Codes were not written but they were guidelines imprinted on the minds of every cowboy and not abiding by them could attract punishments. Some of these codes include:
- Never steal another man’s horse or you have to pay with your life.
- Look out for your own.
- Do not ride another man’s horse. That’s like making love to another man’s wife.
- Do not practice ingratitude.
- A cowboy never quits or complains. A cowboy is always pleasant even when out of sorts.
- A cowboy always helps someone in need, even if it is a stranger.
- A cowboy never tries on another man’s hat.
- A real cowboy is modest, bragging is not tolerated.
- Honesty is absolute; your word is your bond.
- A cowboy is always loyal to his friends and those he rides with.
- A cowboy always pays his debts.
These codes may only relate to the cowboys and their horses but everyone has something to learn from these codes as well especially when it comes to money and financial issues.
From these codes we can see that cowboys practice:
Cowboys believe in honesty and integrity and most especially, not taking anything that doesn’t belong to them. A cowboy doesn’t believe in taking money through dishonest means or sharp practices but rather, through hard work and perseverance.
Like a true cowboy, don’t overprice your goods or services and don’t con other people out of their money. In all your financial dealings, be honest and trustworthy.
Cowboys are considerate of others. They care about how their actions may affect the lives of the people around them. Like a cowboy, don’t go about making your money in ways or from things that would bring degradation to your environment or cause harm or unhappiness to the people around you. Don’t be selfish or self-centered.
Cowboys are some of the most hardworking people to have ever walked the surface of the earth and for their hard work; they have gained popularity and respect throughout the world.
Be like a cowboy; don’t expect your finances to change if you are not ready to work hard for it. Success comes from hard work and not from wishes.
No, a cowboy never quits. In fact, cowboys hate quitters. A cowboy would continue to pursue his goal or die while at it. That’s the kind of spirit that would get you where you want to be in no time. Don’t quit at the slightest financial challenge you get into instead, strive hard to get out of it so that you can enjoy better days ahead.
Bad credit record is not a nice thing to have; it messes up everything. Like the cowboy, pay off your debts and be credit worthy because you never know when you would need that big loan to finance that very viable project like a home.
Be grateful for the little you’ve got while you work harder to get more. Don’t compare yourself to others as there are others out there who do not even have half of what you’ve got.
Last and not least, you ought to be modest. Don’t spend your money on frivolities but on things that truly matter to you and would bring you happiness. Don’t spend your money to impress other people too and ensure that you save as much as you can for the rainy day.