Machiavelli’s 16 Top Strategies for Wielding Power and Winning

Florentine renaissance man Niccolo Machiavelli has made quite a name for himself in the 500 years since he laid out his ideas.

A poet, philosopher, musician, and playwrite, Machiavelli wrote The Prince, considered the first work of political science, in 1531.

What follows is some of what Machiavelli says you should do to get ahead–in politics, business, and life.

(And a fun fact before we start. The line for which Machiavelli is best known–“The ends justify the means”–never appears in The Prince or elsewhere. Scholars can only point to passages that speak to the spirit of the phrase.)

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