What History Taught Me

Jody Dahl, Owner of Top50Ranches.com


Rancho-nomics means if you’re goingto make it in the ranching and dude ranching industry, get a leather punch and just keep punching holes in it. When times get tough, tighten the belt and keep on going.

History has taught me to stop and listen to others. Everyday I try to remember the actions of others—whether it’s those made 100 years ago that helped shape the nation we are today, or those made just yesterday—and I use this gift of hindsight when making my own decisions.

Living like a cowgirl means being someone who can be counted on even when the going gets tough.

The best movie cowgirl is Dana Delany in True Women. It’s the story of a woman who overcomes all obstacles while raising her family on the Texas frontier.

A book worth reading is A Bride Goes West—the true story of Nannie Alderson, one of the first ranch wives to live in Montana.

Running Runamuk in 1886 differs from how it runs today in that I am able to partake in all ranching activities as opposed to being chained to the stove!

A ranch vacation is great for families because children can experience unrestricted living, and Mom and Dad can turn off the cell phones and step away from the computer. A ranch vacation slows everything down long enough for a family to reconnect.

One hobby most...

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