Cowboy Wisdom

A lot of you know I grew up in Texas and, in some ways, think of it as home. You also know we’ve opened a BBQ joint called Smokin’ Will’s. I wear my cowboy boots and hat to work every day, ’cause that’s just what I do.

I love the West. From Texas to Arizona and up north to Montana. Favorite movies are Westerns, favorite actor the Duke. There is a lot to learn from that era and people. Here is some of my favorite Cowboy Wisdom. I hope you enjoy it and find it as useful as I do.

Cowboy Wisdom

Never miss a chance to rest your horse

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Don’t worry about bitin’ off more’n you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger’n you think.

Only cows know why they stampede.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then, to make sure it’s still there with ya.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

There’s two theories to arguin’ with a woman. Neither one works.

Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Don’t name a cow you plan to eat.

Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.

Keep skunks, lawyers, developers, and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plough around the stump.

Meanness don’t happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads.

Don’t sell your mule to buy a plough.

Don’t corner something meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

Every trail has some puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

Most of the stuff people worry about never happens.

Don’t squat with your spurs on.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

It’s better to be a has-been than a never-was.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

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.

James P. Owen’s book, Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West

More Cowboy Wisdom

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson.

Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

When you’re throwing your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else

Like a good cowboy, a good hat just gets better as it gets older.

Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s good to know what it was.

Making it in life is kind of like busting broncos. You’re going to get thrown a lot. The simple secret is to keep getting back on.

There are more horses asses than horses.

Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.

The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

You can’t tell how good a man or a watermelon is ’till they get thumped

If you like these, let me know. If you don’t like ’em keep that to yourself!

Will “Smokin’ Will” Sahli

Published in: on October 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. These are quite good….I especially like the ones like “Never miss a good chance to shut up.” and “..silence is sometimes the best answer.” These are things I am still learning…. 🙂 There’s lots of wisdom in your lists…we all can learn from them.


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