It is the power of the individual that is, and has always been the driving force of progress. Groups are not responsible for innovation. Organizations don’t make ground breaking discoveries. Governments aren’t able to fix problems.
There is an individual behind every new idea and breakthrough. Individuals have the drive, determination, and desire to find a better way. They have visions of what could be. Virtually all successful companies were founded by one or two individuals. And once formed, a company is a collection of individuals working toward a common goal.
The power of the individual is an unstoppable force capable of overcoming any odds. As an individual, you have a tremendous power within you. This fact gets suppressed through common misconceptions such as “What can I do? I’m only one person.”, “You can’t fight city hall.”, “I’m just an average person.”, or “I’m nothing special.”
Individuals have the power to make instant decisions, to change course as needed, to be passionate about their ideas, and to work tirelessly until their goals are accomplished. Individuals are able to spot or create opportunity.
Individuals are not deterred by setbacks. They know there is a solution for every problem. They are willing to take appropriate risks in order to fulfill their dreams. Individuals with vision have the determination to get it done.
The power of the individual is fueled by the potential rewards resulting from their efforts. When benefits are eliminated, motivation disappears. What happens if you tell an individual that it doesn’t matter how hard they work or how competent they are, they will never get a raise or promotion? They will then either quit or perform at whatever minimum level is required to keep their job. Inform an “A” student that the highest grade they can get is a “C” and they will only work at a “C” level.
This is why the power of the individual only thrives in free societies while being essentially absent from oppressive societies. It’s simply human nature. People are motivated to excel when they are rewarded for their efforts.
Even though companies are started by individuals, companies diminish the power of the individual as their bureaucracy grows. These organizations become lethargic and unable to make quick decisions, causing them to miss opportunities.
This is why there are endless examples of upstart businesses, fueled by the power of the individual, outcompeting huge corporations. So contrary to conventional wisdom, individuals wield much more power than large groups.
Successful companies and groups have effective leaders who harness the power of the individual. These leaders understand the influence they have and direct it toward guiding their organizations to growth and longevity.
As an individual, you have more power than you realize. You can accomplish more than you thought possible. The secret to your success lies within you. You don’t need anyone’s permission to follow your path. It doesn’t matter if you are criticized. Whether or not you have the approval of others is irrelevant.
Whatever challenges you face, problems you have, or obstacles to be overcome, you have the power to discover the answers you need. You may have had some bad experiences. You may doubt yourself. You may be discouraged. Regardless of where you are now, you have an intense power within you. Don’t allow your past to pollute your future. Connect with your power and start or keep moving forward.
How you live your life is up to you. There is no one else to blame or thank. Look in a mirror to see the face of unlimited potential. You have the power of the individual
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