This poem inspired me so much during my eighteen months as an LDS missionary. That was almost thirty years ago. I put the anonymous poem into the back of my scriptures during my mission, and I read it so often that I had it memorized.
I had not thought of it for a while until this week, when I said goodbye to my young almost-nephew, Ben Featherstone, before he left to serve as a missionary as well. I'd forgotten that I originally learned of this poem from his grandpa! His grandpa, Vaughn J. Featherstone quoted it in this talk in 1983.
The God of High Endeavor Gave me a torch to bear. I lifted it high above me In the dark and murky air;
And straightway with loud hosannas The crowd proclaimed its light And followed me as I carried my torch Through the starless night,
Till drunk with the people's praises And mad with vanity I forgot 'twas the torch that they followed And fancied they followed me.
Then slowly my arm grew weary Upholding the shining load, And my tired feet went stumbling Over the dusty road.
And I fell with the torch beneath me. In a moment the light was out. When lo! from the throng a stripling Sprang forth with a mighty shout,
Caught up the torch as it smoldered And lifted it high again, Till fanned by the winds of heaven It fired the souls of men.
As I lay alone in the darkness The feet of the trampling crowd Passed over and far beyond me, Its praises* proclaimed aloud,
And I learned in the deepening twilight The glorious verity, 'Tis the torch that the people follow, Whoever the bearer may be.
[Author unknown, "The Torch Bearer," The Master of Men, comp. Thomas Curtis Clark (Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1930), 205–6] *the word "praises" has been substituted for the original word "paeans" in the poem.
Sometimes we are all victims of circumstance. That’s just the way life is. Naomi Judd said, "You get to be a victim once and after that, you're a volunteer". That quote really got me thinking. How can a person accomplish the opposite behavior...becoming an "agent"; taking responsibility for positive and powerful thoughts and actions?
The power and responsibility to direct ourselves in within each of us. “It is not meet that I should command in all things,” saith the Lord. “Men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.” 
When you have been harmed, suffered a loss, been tricked or swindled, become sick, been abused or attacked, or have noticed a person who has something you don't have, YOU ARE A VICTIM ...once...when it happened.
If you still feel like a victim a year later (or fifty years later) YOU HAVE VOLUNTEERED for the position. It sounds harsh, but look at the behavior and thinking of a person with a victim mentality, and then look at it’s opposite ~ being an agent for yourself ~ taking control of your behavior and thinking.