I recently discovered @jockowillink on Twitter, and his message of Extreme Ownership really resonated with me. I have worked for two small companies totaling just under 20 years of service. I earned and exercised significant stock options. Both companies were acquired for a fair price, and during the sale my stock options (common shares) were dissolved.
Even after ownership is repeatedly taken away, it still drives me to succeed in whatever I do more than any other compensation plan. Why does ownership still motivate me so strongly?
After reading Extreme Ownership, I understand that they took my financial compensation rather than my ownership.