They say politics is a dirty game. I think it is a good game played by dirty people. The nature of politics scares honest people away but there are ways to become a good politician.
.Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
1 CONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE YOU REPRESENT
Some politicians are only seen by voters when an election is near. A good politician would spend time in his constituency to understand what is really going on. He meets with individuals and groups to find out ways that his county or state can be made better.
2. AVOID BAD COMPANY
All corrupt politicians were corrupted by someone else. Corruption and conviction don't mix. You do not have to acquiesce to the bribes and kickbacks of lobbyists and contractors. You came to politics to work for your constituents, not to work against them.
3. DETERMINE TO LEAVE A LEGACY
A scholarship fund. A university. An industrial area. A set of social reforms. These are various things you can leave behind as a politician. Make it a mandatory goal of your career to leave your constituency better than what it is now.
4. UNDER-PROMISE AND OVER-DELIVER
Some politicians are known for empty promises. This image is true worldwide. The best politicians work more than they speak. Develop your constituency the best way you can.
5. LET YOUR CONSTITUENTS KNOW WHAT YOU DO
Voters have no idea about what their politicians do. Make it a point to have a website or a newsletter that tells your constituents what you have done since you took office. Keeping short accounts with the electorate helps you to win in the elections. This assists you to clear any erroneous information about you.
6. YOU ARE AT THE BECK AND CALL OF THE PEOPLE, NOT THE PARTY
Your primary allegiance is to the voter. You have to be prepared to break with party tradition if what is being considered is unfavorable to your constituents. Have principles and stick to them.
7. DETERMINE TO BE DIFFERENT
Your popularity gives you the unique opportunity to bring people together. Use politics to unite, not to divide. Be a politician who puts his principles first over his pockets.
8. CHANGE THINGS, DON'T LET THINGS CHANGE YOU
You have to take initiatives on things that are wrong. Stop or change them. If you don't, they will come back to haunt you. Be a part of the movement to change anything wrong with politics.