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You hear the same dichotomy in churches. Jesus wanted his followers to go out and recruit people. He talked about “fishers of men”, and we can debate whether that refers to casting a net, or to snaring someone on a hook with bait. An interesting parallel comes with Mormon missionaries: young men are expected to go out for two years at their own expense and proselytize their faith – win “converts.”
You hear discussions in mental health circles about the relative effectiveness of interacting with "people as people" (associated with extroversion) and "with ideas" (associated with introverts). Many more people like to manipulate others for social position and power than work with the ideas and content, but content-oriented people (and artists) are very adamant about left alone to develop their work. (Look at a review of Laney's "The Introvert Advantage," here (Jan. 22).
If I do become involved in winning converts to someone else's cause (where that someone else "gives me the words") then that cause helps identify who I am and in some sense circumscribes what I may do with my life later.