Being a politician

Being a politician can have many upsides and many negatives also. There is the power, the prestige, and the ability to make a real difference in the world in which we live. On the down side, there are the voters who are never satisfied, the reception of negative publicity, and the constant battle with others to get your agenda pushed through, not to mention living life under public scrutiny.

There is the battle to get elected, which can be every two years, four years, or six-it all depends on the office in which you seek. Are you going to try for local government or beyond? Which role fits best? If one has a valid interest in government, they often find it is best to start at the local level in something that interests them, and perhaps that they have a background in.

After doing a good job at the local level, one should focus on state and then beyond. It is always best, once winning an office, to try to keep track of prior awards and accomplishments, as any time one is running for office the other candidate is sure to be looking for things to talk about and one way to deflect the negative is by highlighting personal achievement.

A politician does not always have to have a background as a lawyer or as a political science major, though it may certainly be helpful. A political candidate needs only to have the drive that change is needed and a want to serve their community. After becoming elected, they need to remain committed to that goal of making a difference in the community in which they serve, with a mind towards helping their constituency at all times. The job of a politician often involves making many difficult decisions and long hours, but it can be a very worthwhile experience.