Machiavelli was credited with being one of the first modern political philosophers. Politics, especially today, is truly what you make of it, whether you perceive it as good or bad.
Success is incredibly malleable. It can come in waves, in short bursts, or not at all. I would imagine everyone desires some level of success.
In order to achieve constant success, you must adapt in response to the world, atmosphere, and environment around you.
Success is malleable, but your concept of success also need to be just as malleable. Only then, will you continue to succeed.