The rules organized by function

For some reason, my collection of rules has a big number of followers. Thank you!
One of the things I get requested a lot is to organize the rules by function or by group. So, here they are. I organized them in four groups: Operational Security, Security, The Team and Life.

Operational Security

  • Always double-tap
  • Always have a plan.
  • Always have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won’t work.
  • Always have an escape plan because all the rest of the plans will fail.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Assumption is the mother of all fuckups.
  • Never get caught.
  • Keep your mouth shut.
  • KISS: Keep it simple, stupid.
  • 7 Ps: Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance
  • A simple plan with a flexible blueprint will survive real world contact far better than a complex and rule-bound plan.
  • Plan, execute and vanish.
  • Trust your gut.
  • Always carry a knife.
  • Do one thing at a time.
  • Simple and light equals freedom, agility and mobility.
  • Target dictates the weapon and the weapon dictates the movement. ("Mack" Machowicz)
  • Use ACTE: assess the situation; create a simple plan; take action and evaluate your progress. ("Mack" Machowicz)
  • Understand. Anticipate. Adapt. (Red Team Journal)
  • Don’t believe what you’re told. Double check.
  • Hide in plain sight. Blend in.
  • A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week. (Patton)
  • Swift, Silent, Deadly. The only way to go about doing your business.
  • If you have a secret, the best thing is to keep it to yourself. The second-best is to tell one other person if you must. There is no third best.
  • An adversary is most vulnerable to detection and disruption just prior to an attack.
  • Always be ready to go at any moment’s notice. Learn to be light and move fast.
  • Personal notes should always be handwritten, however be prepare to destroy them at a moment’s notice.
  • Do not publish your life online, keep your life private.
  • When in doubt, C4. (Jamie Hyneman, Mythbusters)
  • If you think it was too easy, it was a trap. Look for jumping guards coming from the sides.
  • Situational Awareness - Determine actions prior. Act decisions out at first sign of crisis. Decreased Exposure = Increased Survivability. MOVE! (Escape the Wolf)
  • Never count on anything except surprise and unpredictability and danger. (Jack Reacher Rules)
  • Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action.
  • Never do the same thing twice.
  • First you check, then you double-check. Finally you commit.
  • Notice every possible exit. Select one as your main exfil and another one as a backup
  • Check the crowd: who is staring at you, who is all the sudden silent when you enter.
  • Always sit with your back to the wall, even when there are mirrors you can use.
  • Never take the elevator.
  • Don’t play by the rules.
  • Don't become predictable.
  • Act don’t react.
  • Once is an accident, twice is... Huh… No, I don't believe in coincidences. Twice is enemy action.

Security

  • The more sophisticated the technology the more vulnerable it is to primitive attacks. People often overlook the obvious.
  • If you’re happy with your security, so are the bad guys.
  • “Bad guys attack, and good guys react” is not a viable security strategy.
  • Low-tech attacks work (even against high-tech devices and systems).
  • Diplomas and certifications are OK, but trust experience over a diploma any time.
  • The bad guys don’t obey our security policies.
  • Think about everything you’ve seen, heard or felt. Work the clues, make connections. However, be wary of false positives.
  • It is more complicated than you think.
  • Fail to Red Team and everything will go according to plan—right up to the point it doesn’t. (Red Team Journal)
  • Beware the wrath of a patient adversary. (John C. Calhoun)
  • Pentesters will make you patch your systems. Real attackers will make you patch your people.
  • Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

The Team

  • There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.
  • Always take care of your and your teams' food and sleeping arragements. Create a schedule, however eat every time you can and sleep every time you can.

Life

  • You don’t have to like it-you just have to do it.
  • Always invest in good quality stuff.
  • Pick your battles…
  • Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
  • Find a way to succeed.
  • Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. (Patton)
  • Never mess with a man’s coffee if you want to live.
  • When overwhelmed divide the tasks in smaller subtasks, simplify.
  • Don’t spend time trying to move your opponent, just move yourself.
  • The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead! (Patton)
  • The quality of your friends always matters more than the quantity.
  • Always be surrounded by the right people.
  • Always provide correction in private and praise in public.
  • He who angers you conquers you.
  • Do nothing which is of no use. (Miyamoto Musashi)
  • Be content with what you have.
  • Opening the door for a lady is not optional.
  • Sensible defaults can reduce friction and provide simplicity anywhere one can think to apply them. (Patrick Rhone)
  • The greater the level of calmness of our mind, the greater our peace of mind, the greater our ability to enjoy life.
  • Find something you are willing to die for.
  • Don’t go into debt.
  • The only kind of marketing you need is an amazing product. (Leo Babauta)
  • Disconnect completely once in a while.
  • Live simply.
  • The GORUCK Rule - Under promise and over deliver.
  • Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere. (Morihei Ueshiba)
  • Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. (David Ben-Gurion)
  • Don’t ever write a check with your mouth you can’t cash with your ass. (Wiseman).
  • Some people just need a high-five. In the face. With a chair. (Carrie Adams)
  • You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain. (Miyamoto Musashi)
  • To know ten thousand things, know one well. (Musashi)
  • You are what you do when it counts.
  • If there’s a question about if it’s necessary, remove it. Less is more and more is lazy. (Jason McCarthy, GORUCK founder)
  • Confusion and unpredictability are what you should expect. (Jack Reacher Rules)
  • The solution is in the problem.
  • If it's stupid but works, it isn't stupid.
  • Our fucks are our fucks alone to give. (Patrick Rhone)
  • Find a way to succeed.
  • Clap only when you are impressed.
  • Add things until it starts sucking, take things away until it stops getting better. (Frank Chimero)
  • GLBYS: Gary, look before you sit.
  • If you can't be smart, you better be strong.