The answer is obvious: Both.
Annnnd… Others: We all need someone — a boss or leader at work, a parent, a teacher, a mentor, a peer, a friend, a teammate or an entire team, a spiritual leader…most anyone besides ourselves — who asks more of us than we do, who calls us to a higher purpose, who brings our passions together with others for a common goal that is beyond what we could accomplish by ourselves.
The Big So What: Mastering the dance is what matters… The ebb and flow between you being accountable for your own motivation and being jazzed by a shared purpose, bigger than yourself.
And that’s the point! Blend them together intentionally, knowingly, by design. Do not let it just happen. Otherwise you’ll wake up someday having found you served a higher purpose or someone else’s agenda, but not yourself.