Gibbs’ Rules To Live By

I’ve always liked watching shows in FOX Asia channel ever since they started airing it in the Philippines. One of the shows I seem to can’t stop watching is NCIS.

NCIS is a procedural drama show that follows a team of special agents that investigate major crimes happening in the US Navy. Aside from the show’s premise and storyline, what makes this show different from the other crime shows out there is the character development involved in the show. The writers clearly took the time to write about characters that people can clearly identify with and relate to.

Though all main characters in the show are well-written, the leader of the team, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, is I think, one of the greatest characters in TV show history. He’s cool as ice, a great leader, a freaking sniper, and has an air of mystery to him. Aside from that, he has a set of rules that he enforces with his team.

I think it’s nice to have some rules to guide you in your life. ’cause as what the wise Red Forman said, “Without rules, we might as well all be up in a tree, flinging our crap at each other”. Here’s a list of Gibbs’ rules and I hope that this will make you start thinking of your own rules that you can follow, or at least a couple of his rules are appropriate in certain parts of your lives.

The list of Gibbs’ Rules after the cut

Rule #1: Never screw over your partner.

Rule #2: Always wear gloves at a crime scene.

Rule #3: Don’t believe what you’re told. Double check.

Rule #3: Never be unreachable.

Rule #4: The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person – if you must. There is no third best.

Rule #6: Never apologize — Its a sign of weakness.

Rule #7: Always be specific when you lie.

Rule #8: Never take anything for granted.

Rule #9: Never go anywhere without a knife.

Rule #10: Never get personally involved on a case.

Rule #11: When the job is done, walk away.

Rule #12: Never date a coworker. 

Rule #13: Never, ever involve a lawyer. 

Rule #15: Always work as a team. 

Rule #18: It’s better to seek forgiveness than ask permission.

Rule #22: Never, ever bother Gibbs in interrogation.

Rule #23: Never mess with a Marine’s coffee if you want to live.

Rule #27: Two ways to follow: — First way: they never notice you, — second way: they only notice you. 

Rule #38: Your case, your lead.

Rule #39: There is no such thing as coincidence.

Gibbs said that “the 40’s are for emergency use only!”, and I doubt that any of the readers are seriously involved in some shit that may make these applicable to them.

Rule #40: If it seems someone is out to get you, they are.

Rule #44: First things first. Hide the women and children. 

Rule #45: Clean up your mess.

Rule #51: Sometimes — You’re Wrong!

And remember. . .

 “A slap to the face is an insult — to the back of the head is a wake-up call.”

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Gibbs’ Rules To Live By

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