Today, I’m going to let the words of William George Jordan do the talking. The are taken from his book The Crown of Individuality, published in 1909.
“He who, from sheer lack of purpose drifts through life, letting the golden years of his highest hopes glide empty back into the perspective of his past while he fills his ears with the lorelei song of procrastination, is working overtime in accumulating remorse to darken his future. He is idly permitting the crown of his individuality to remain an irritating symbol of what might be rather than a joyous emblem of what is. This man is reigning, for reign he must, but he is not–ruling.
Individuality does not mean merely being our self, but our highest self. It never means living for self alone. The world, in every phase, must be saved by–individuals. You cannot take humanity in mass up in moral elevators; they must receive and accept good as individuals. The united work of individuals makes up the action of society. It is easier to stimulate the individual to action than it is to galvanize society, as it is easier to lift one stone than a cathedral. As we intensify true individuality we at the same instant begin a fine cooperation with the best work of all humanity.
Individuality is the link; cooperation is the chain. You can strengthen the chain only as you strengthen the link.”
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Carl Woolston is a business and marketing consultant with KGaps Consulting, a co-creator of the proprietary marketing methodology “Hub Mentality,”, and a co-founder of The Center for Social Leadership.
His expertise includes network development, marketing, web strategy development, lead creation, and lead capture strategies.
He and his wife Christy are raising their six rambunctious children in Bountiful, Utah.