Anatomy of a Modern Day Cowboy: Waylon Lewis.

Via Robert Piper
on Jun 25, 2012
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This is what a true modern day cowboy looks like.

He becomes an entrepreneur at the ripe age of 28.

He launches a business, first as magazine. When he gets inquiries about selling the magazine–he turns them down. Then, he goes into the Wild West, a.k.a the internet, in a time when people were still unsure of how to truly make a profitable business on the internet.

He deals with the hardships of being a cowboy such as rejection, failure, sleepless nights. Defies the odds—when majority of business fail after five years.

He rides his bike to work 365 days out of the year and is best friend to a rescue dog named Redford.

He lets people write at elephant journal about any topic that inspires them, changes lives, improves the environment and appeals to a more enlightened community.


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

Waylon at Hanuman Festival with just a few of his friends…

Every path has some puddles. ~ Cowboy Proverb

“A man is not born a cowboy; he becomes one.” ~ Cowboy Proverb

I never met Waylon, but I’ve met true Buddhists. Waylon Lewis is a true Buddhist and elephant journal is a product of his humor, compassion and hard work.

Thanks for letting us write for elephant journal.


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6 Responses to “Anatomy of a Modern Day Cowboy: Waylon Lewis.”

  1. Well done, Robert. These qualities in Waylon are certainly a big part of what has attracted me to put my own heart and soul into elephant for the past three years.

    I joined elephant in its second year of online operation, and it was tiny compared to now. But it was already completely different than anything else I found on the Internet. I was hooked. Still am.

    Bob W. Associate Publisher
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  2. I've put together a "best of elephant history" on Pinterest for the first year and a half of elephant online:


  3. Robert_Piper says:

    You got to be absolutely resilient to pull something off like this. I watched that interview online with Chris Brogan and Waylon discussing the business side. That is just a small part of what goes into something like Elephant Journal.

    Then to have an actual hub here—a living community of interaction. A place where the leading authority' of yoga, Buddhism, wellness, and politics, come to talk about different subjects.

    This a place where a mediocre writer can become a professional writer. A terrible poet can become a great poet, and a person who lost their way in life can find inspiration.

  4. Robert_Piper says:

    Bob, I looked through all this stuff—this is cool.

    Great to hear, that you helped to build it when it was in the early internet period. A-lot of work to put all this together.

  5. tatumann says:

    This is so great. I love this piece, it makes me want to hug you both. I agree, thanks for letting us write!

  6. […] Modern Buddhists owe a huge debt to the “memorizers” of the past. The Buddha, so far as we know, did not write anything down, and so all of his teachings were learned and transmitted through memory for hundreds of years. Similarly, a huge proportion of the teachings which survived the annexation of Tibet did so because they had been learned by heart. A book written in the fabric of the mind is not easily burnt. […]