Trust Is The Key
Trust is the core value to the Cowboy way. A true cowboy learns to trust his hands through hard work, learns to trust his balance on a buckin’ horse, and learns to trust his horse and his team of riders. But more importantly he learns to trust his instincts. Working the cows together requires teamwork, and through this he is given the opportunity to be trustworthy. The Cowboy hones his instincts by DOING. He rides the horse that needs to be rode. He fixes the fence that needs to be fixed. He watches the herd through the night because he knows he has been trusted to do so. Trust comes from within by DOING what needs to be done, and the Cowboy knows he can trust his decisions and that his decisions will instill trust in others.
We become stronger mentally and emotionally when we are challenged to reach beyond our limits.
Why Hard Work? There is nothing easy about being a Cowboy. There is a challenge everyday that you must have the perseverance to accomplish. The American Cowboy worked in extreme conditions, with unruly livestock, in harshly unpredictable landscape. He did all this for very little pay. His reward was the respect he earned, the trust he built, and the satisfaction that he could conquer any challenge given. Sometimes the rewards for hard work have no monetary value involved, but the lessons learned can have lasting benefits that reach throughout an entire life.
“Nobody ever drowned in their own sweat.”