More Life and Business Lessons I learned from Reading Louis L’Amour…Living by Your Word

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Legacy

 

This life lesson I probably should have made the first of the lessons that I learned by reading Louis L’Amour, it is the lesson of honesty, well, it could also be defined as integrity.  Like many of the lessons that are underlying in Louis L’Amour’s books, this is a timeless message.  It isn’t just the Cowboy Code, but is found in the basis of all major religions.

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In Louis L’Amour’s books if a character gave his word, or said that he was going to do something, nothing would stop that character from accomplishing what he said that he was going to do.  This was also a distinguishing attribute from the good guy hero and the bad guy. 

 

It was more than just keeping your word.  It was the way that you lived your life.  If someone was paying you to do a job, you worked for your wages, the honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay sort of thing.

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It was also the way that you treated other people.  They had your respect until they did something to lose that respect.  It was also the way that you lived your life.  You did the right even when no one was watching.  You didn’t do things with the excuse; just because I can. Your reputation was the most important thing that you had, so you worked to maintain it.

 

 This applies to us today more so than I can remember in the past.  We tell a client that we’re going to do something, we do it. We make no excuses, nor any exceptions.  We also treat that client and other agents with respect, and we give them the benefit of the doubt.  It means putting your own wants and desires aside until you have filled the other person’s needs. 

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Even though we aren’t paid until the deal closes, that has no bearing on whether we do what we say that we were going to do.  It has no bearing on how we show others respect.  In fact we need to do that even on deals that crash or fall apart.  It is part of this career choice. We also need to make sure that we are not the reason that the deal didn’t close. This is one of the main attributes that will make clients want to refer you to their friends and family.   

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Thanks for sharing your business philosophy and your beautiful photographs.  A winning combination that will bring continued success.

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Aug 29, 2011 04:38 PM #1
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Toni - I'm right there with you that you word should mean everything and it equals your character and integrity. You either have it or you don't. Personally I like putting my head on the pillow each night and feeling good about the person I am - you can't buy that, nor can someone take it away. Great post - suggested!

Aug 29, 2011 05:33 PM #2
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Roy, Thank you!

Kristine, Thank you!  You're right, there is nothing like sleeping with a clear conscience!

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wonderful photos and words as well... your area is so beautiful...

Aug 29, 2011 09:02 PM #4
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Sheila, Thank you!

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Words of truth. Louis L Amoure was a great Western enthisiast. I love the book "Arizona Coffin"

Aug 30, 2011 05:58 PM #6
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Tom, I have a hard time picking my favorite, I like so many of them!

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Tony, some of Louis L'Amour's characters were a lot like John Wayne's characters in the Western movies he did. I like the fact that so many people in Utah, Nevada and Montana still live by the Cowboy Code. 

 

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Maria, Thank you for your comments.  I too like that people are still attempting to live by that code!

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That could have been written by Russel. Not only is it a Cowboy Code and the basis of many religions, but it's the way they do things in the South, according to him. I should add that I believe him.

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Jim, It is just a good way to treat people!

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You sound like a real straight shooter too.  Lovely pictures.  I can almost hear that far off screech of a bird, just like in the old Westerns.

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Georgina, Thank you for stopping by!

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