Whether we're talking about gardening, building relationships, learning to play a musical instrument, or writing an essay, we've gotta "get our hands dirty" to fully appreciate and accomplish meaningful work.
By getting involved in the work ourselves we get to experience the contexts, the challenges, likeminded others, the tools/skills needed, the nuances, the shortcuts, the sweat, the tears, the failures, and, ultimately, the successes.
Of course, we can "outsource" the work (i.e., pass it off to others). When we do, we have robbed ourselves of the self-actualization and the self-satisfaction that comes with tackling important work and "getting it done."
The magic happens when we get our hands dirty.