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 thespirit of the phrase.)