The Covert Operative Rules of Life

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  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.]




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