Many people envy those who are self-employed. The reason is that they are working for themselves and not for others. But that's not entirely true. Whether you are your own boss or working for someone else, you are still doing it for yourself.
Regardless who you are reporting to, every decision and action you make will first and foremost affect yourself. If you think you are playing it safe and just doing your job, then that's the path you chose for your career.
If you're doing it to serve others, ultimately you will get recognition and respect from others. You can't do something without affecting yourself.
You'll start to enjoy the things you do as soon as you realize that doing it for yourself. Given a choice, who wouldn't want the best for themselves?