The Covert Operative Rules of Life
88 ) Always be (a) professional.
87 ) Pain is just a moment in time.
86 ) Learn something new everyday.
85 ) Fast is fine, precision is final.
84 ) Always carry a multi-tool.
83 ) Take responsibility for your actions.
82 ) Always have a go-bag prepped.
81 ) Learn from your mistakes.
80 ) Never tell an unnecessary lie.
79 ) Initially, overestimate your enemy.
78 ) Stay fit, keep sharp.
77 ) Don’t eat more than you need.
76 ) Trust their desires, not their motives.
75 ) Don’t hate your enemies.
74 ) Accept failure or loss and move on.
73 ) Savor small victories.
72 ) Don’t compare yourself too much to others.
71 ) Do compare yourself to your past self.
70 ) Only show emotions when it’s strategic.
69 ) Read. Read. Read.
68 ) Regret can inspire, let it.
67 ) Wake up as early as possible.
66 ) Listen more, speak less.
65 ) Live below your means.
64 ) Constantly reinforce your discipline.
63 ) Early is on time, on time is late, late is death.
62 ) Be smart now, emotional later.
61 ) Always say “thank you”.
60 ) Be mobile, agile.
59 ) Always equip a force multiplier.
58 ) Feel the fear but never the fright.
57 ) Learn subjects out of your own field.
56 ) Procedurally generate exit strategies.
55 ) Always wear a seatbelt.
54 ) Don’t let your weapons be a weakness.
53 ) Money is cheap, time is priceless.
52 ) Have a backup for everything, within reason.
51 ) Don’t let anyone know what you’re thinking.
50 ) Being underestimated is strategic.
49 ) Nurture your (human) assets.
48 ) Enjoy the little things.
47 ) Trust is negotiable.
46 ) Consistently refine your skillsets.
45 ) If revenge must be enacted, be professional.
44 ) Don’t worry about things you can’t control.
43 ) Assume your opponents are smarter than you.
42 ) Always be (or appear to be) kind to people.
41 ) Never mess with a stranger.
40 ) Stay humble.
39 ) Finish what you start, and well.
38 ) Always go to the bathroom when you need to.
37 ) Know when you’ve won, or lost.
36 ) Challenge yourself.
35 ) Be receptive to criticism.
34 ) Never take it personally, at least until it’s over.
33 ) Mind your emotional intelligence.
32 ) If you need help, seek it.
32 ) Drop your ego, unless for strategy.
31 ) Be comfortable with uncertainty.
30 ) Never panic.
29 ) Command respect, never demand it.
28 ) Perpetually reinvent yourself.
27 ) Reduce your vices to a minimum.
26 ) Learn to sleep anywhere.
25 ) Be proud of your work, not your self.
24 ) Develop a “thick skin”.
23 ) Watch your six, around the clock.
22 ) Have a plan for everything, but with flexibility.
22 ) Always check the chamber.
21 ) Evade if possible, engage only if you must.
20 ) Your body is a temple, with privileges.
19 ) Be optimistic as a default.
18 ) Remember your training.
17 ) Keep growing your self awareness.
16 ) Operate with a mission mindset.
15 ) Keep your hands calloused.
14 ) Heighten your pain and discomfort tolerance.
13 ) Always keep your oaths.
12 ) Stick to the plan.
11 ) Compartmentalize your emotions.
10 ) Trust your instincts but listen to facts.
9 ) Methodical = Tactical
8 ) Make peace with your past.
7 ) Time heals and destroys everything.
6 ) Always have a [tactical] pen.
5 ) Test people before judging them.
4 ) Decompress with routines.
3 ) Never repeat the same mistake.
2 ) Know your limits but keep pushing them.
1 ) Always have a trick up your sleeve.
[The featured photo was taken at a train street in Hanoi, Vietnam.]