The first and most fundamental step to becoming an individualist is to demand of yourself and others that they live with the consequences of their own choices in life.
This is why the world has so few individualists. Anti-individualism permeates every facet of society: culture, politics, families. Only in bottom-line business do you find individualism with any degree of frequency, and even then it’s rare. It’s rare in small businesses and virtually non-existent in large ones.
And it’s at the root of all problems.
Radley Balko has a good critique of that load of BS they’re calling Live 8. Read it and see what I’m talking about. And note: when you demand that the risks of the potential downside consequences of your choices be born by someone else, you’re not just affecting them. By making those risks unprofitable for anyone without your clout at getting others to bear them, you’re also harming others who just might profit and prosper from undertaking those risks head on and coming out on top.
As I said, I look around and I almost never see an individualists, anymore.