A few months ago we talked about the things we learn about work from our parents, and the ways it can shape our views on work and the kind of life we pursue (or try not to!). When copywriter and Billfold reader Lily Hudson suggested we do a series on the subject, she was an obvious first candidate. Lily's parents made a living in a pretty unconventional way when she was growing up, which left her, as she mentioned in her first comment, with "no idea of what a ‘career’ was or how to have one." Let our series of psychoanalyzing begin!
Adam, 30, earns $170,000 (not including bonuses) working in an actuary-type role. "Have you seen Along Came Polly? I basically have Ben Stiller's job."