How to Become a Successful Politician

Do you think you have what it takes to become successful in politics? There are those that ponder what they would do if they were given the opportunity, but very few people actually succeed at getting the chance. Read on for a few steps and tips that may give you an edge.


1. Know why you are serving. Serve the public, not yourself. Government is to be organized and helpful. It is up to you to decide which ways you see fit to serve, as long as they are constitutional. This is not about you.

2. Practice your public speaking skills. Speak at organized events, such as city meetings. Also, speak to the people you meet daily, like at the grocery store and people that are next to you in long lines. Just practice speaking to strangers, and your anxiety level will go down.

3. Make connections in your community with all kinds of people, especially those in a position to help you in your bid for public office. Like in Step 1, talk to strangers. Not necessarily every single person you see, but people you encounter in long lines, etc.

4. Keep up with current events. This includes local, state, national and international news. National-level politicians need to stay informed about what’s going on in the world. Look up news in the web and always read newspapers.

5. Learn from the past. If history isn’t your favorite subject, national and international politics may not be for you. The best public servants have a firm understanding of the trials, mistakes, failures and successes of their country’s previous leaders.

6. Be dedicated to what you are trying to accomplish. If you aren’t willing to apply all your efforts to your goal, you won’t succeed. You also need to prove to your constituents that you have the drive and motivation to press on when you are feeling less than capable.

7. Acquire new skills. Join and pursue activities that will help you develop the art of diplomacy and learn the skill of the conversation.

8. Learn from those who have succeeded. Read autobiographies written by Presidents and other successful high officials to give you an idea of where your opinions and beliefs may fit and to learn more about the political process. They have won the elections and know what it takes to be successful at that level.

9. Start small. Run for local offices, then Congress or state-level positions. Another route is to enter the military and become a respected officer. If you are still in school, run for class office. Talk to your peers and find out their concerns. This can be followed by running in local elections. This is all about experience.

10. Take part in the contests frequently, because you should challenge yourself to go to stage courageously. The more you challenge yourself, the more you will learn.


  • Remember to wear a smile with others all the time. Sometimes people will support a person simply based on who is most friendly.
  • Be kind to others, because public servants must understand what it’s like walking in other people’s shoes.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You learn best from your mistakes.


  • Try to avoid developing bad habits, such as being rude. If you already possess some traits like that, work on controlling and/or eliminating them early.
  • Don’t give up if you fail.
  • Remember those who help you. Those that will most likely help you on the way up may well be those you meet when you are just starting out. You will learn that your true supporters are those that will stick around, should your goals not materialize as planned.
  • Be careful of “skeletons in your closet”, make sure you’re not affiliated or have been affiliated with any unpopular groups or have very unpopular ideas, or have said anything or done anything discriminatory or illegal as these may be brought up in a campaign. If you feel to be known around your peers for something like this, then it’s not best to become a politician.

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