Are you a member of the corporate world and feel that you have been too naïve in your business decisions? Do you aspire to be a politician but worry that it may be difficult to become noticed by the public or move up in the ranks? If this describes you, then Niccolo Machiavelli’s new self-help book The Prince is just what you need!
In this fascinating and revolutionary new literature inspired by the events of the Italian Renaissance, Machiavelli inspires his readers to achieve their most far-reaching goals. How, you might ask, is this any different from other books on similar topics? Machiavelli’s angle is one not commonly showcased: that in order to reach the top and reach your full potential, you must do whatever you can to reach them. It may involve stepping on others on the way up, but that is all justified. Sometimes, immoral actions are necessary to achieve these goals. Machiavelli reassures his readers that these negatively viewed action, and sometimes even criminal, deeds may seem bad at first, but once you are able to reach your goal, you will be able to look back at what you have done, and not feel regretful or guilty. The phrase “the ends justify the means” is definitely applicable in the case of Machiavelli’s The Prince.
“As a successful businessman for many years, I decided to pick up a copy of The Prince to see if there was anything I could learn from it for my business ventures. However, after I finished the book, I was inspired to do something more with my life: run for President. Machiavellian influences can definitely be seen throughout my political candidacy, as I insult those I think are inferior and say whatever it is that crosses my mind, no matter how controversial. Some people view this as “ridiculous,” “idiotic,” “egotistical,” or “pompous” but hey, if it furthers my career and gives me more media attention to help my brand, who cares!” –Donald Trump, businessman and GOP presidential candidate