See that's the thing. I'm the same way - but when you're underperforming, it's still important to take time for yourself, and alleviate some of that stress, refresh. Buuuuut it's almost impossible to morally let yourself take time off while underperforming because, well, you're underperforming. And thus begins the cycle of continuous stress, anxiety, and poor mental health.
You earn the PTO as part of your job and you better believe I am going to use it. It's called Paid time off and it's offered as a perk. If a company doesn't want you to utilize it then don't offer as many and then you won't get to attract talent. sorry not sorry
I have unlimited PTO. PTO is baked into salaries. And if I don't get my desired raise and I hit my numbers, you bet I'm getting my money back with PTO. I've taken 1mo+ off a year spread out and don't feel bad. We deserve it for all the emotional toll of our job!
Equity is the gravy, not the meal. I've been through two exits and made money off both, but for context I made more of a moderate sized deal than I did off exits. The only route to real wealth off equity is to be the FIRST salesperson, which comes with its own risk.
Yes and no. Options are a funny beast because when you join, you plan to stay until there is a liquidation. The moment you don't see an immediate path to liquidation, combined with a better offer, you decide to jump ship. However, the company extends you the option to purchase your vested options for 90 days (in most cases). That offer means nothing if you can't afford to purchase the vested pool, and most companies I've worked for don't let you take partials.