88 Street Smart Rules of Life

These are the 88 street smart 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.

[PHOTO : HANOI, VIETNAM]


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