The Charlie Daniels Band is one of the most iconic music groups in American music history and their leader, Charlie Daniels, is one of the most beloved figures in country music fandom. Over the years, Daniels transitioned from “wild child” rock star to conservative Christian philanthropist and occasional philosopher. His most recent op-ed on his website is one that many Eagle Rising readers are sure to connect with, because while it isn’t overtly political in nature, it does speak to some underlying issues in our recent history of national problems. Work Ethic. Loyalty. Dependability. Pride in your reputation.
Read as a country music legend opines about our collapsing work ethic.
Back in the days of the mega ranches and cattle drives one of the highest compliments you could pay a cowboy was to say, “He rides for the brand.”
Meaning that this individual was a company man, devoted to his job and gave his all to see that the cattle were taken care of and willing to face down rustlers, predators or whatever else threatened the herd or the brand (ranch) he worked for.
I wasn’t raised in cattle country but I remember, and have worked with, men with that same work ethic, that same devotion to their job…
The prevalent mentality of the last couple of decades seems to have deteriorated to an “I’ll do enough to get by but no more” or “Until they pay me more I’ll just do as little as I can get by with”…
If this is you, prepare for a mediocre work life at best, never even being considered for advancement and receiving only whatever automatic raises your job provides.
What it comes down to is, you’re just not worth much to any employer, the law of reciprocity catches up with you, you become known as a person who can’t be depended on to take the time and effort to do a good job and you probably drift from job to job always experiencing the same thing.
Well folks, take it from somebody who knows, it doesn’t have to be that way, if you’re willing to develop a new attitude, an extra mile, midnight oil, let me do it, sure I’ll stay after hours to get it done, I can accept responsibility, type of attitude.
Saddle up, trot up, cowboy up and ride for the brand…
We need more culture warriors like Charlie Daniels to stand up to remind us of what we’ve forgotten. The modern age and liberal values have sought (and mostly succeeded) at driving traditional values and morally centered principles out of the cultural vernacular, and we need strong, well-spoken leaders to stand up to call us back to sanity. Thank you, Charlie Daniels, for being a voice in the wilderness and a source of truth among all the lies.