This gapingvoid cartoon from years ago has really stuck with me during the ups and downs of my career.
I find working in (most) hierarchical organisations boring and stifling. It’s not always all bad, but the more hierarchical the organisation, the more limiting the walls of the box of your job role. Being a sheep sucks.
On the other hand, going it alone is anxiety-inducing and lonely. During the short time I was a solo independent consultant, it was only the opportunity to work with other consultants (big shout out to Bryan Mathers) that kept me going.