I can personally relate to this concept. I have always enjoyed being creative and working in the technology field, mostly electronics design and software. While I was employed full time as an electronics engineer, for 15 years, I often worked after hours or at home without extra pay, because I wanted to make a contribution and I enjoyed the challenge. I never really demanded any raises or other compensation, and instead I appreciated having special privileges such as coming in late and being able to work until late at night. I also enjoyed the camaraderie of other employees, and the encouragement of others who recognized what I was doing.
But after about 12 years, the company was handed over to a “hotshot MBA type” CEO who was more concerned about making money for himself and the stockholders, and he sold the division I worked in to our major competitor, because my latest design threatened their profitability, and our CEO was able to negotiate a deal that was good for him, but cost me my job. The company that bought the division offered me a job (in Dallas), but not as a design engineer, and instead just to support the older products that I was in the process of improving, which was unacceptable for whatever substantial compensation they offered. However, this provided impetus for me to start my own company, where I was able to pursue my ideas for new products, and maintain my residence in MD.
I have been in business for 27 years, although now semi-retired, and I still enjoy supporting my customers with repairs and improvements, as well as new projects for my own interests in EVs and for others in the DIY EV community. I have lived frugally and my expenses are easily covered by SSA benefits and a modest income from my business. Life is good!