|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
Perl has transformed me.
Perl hasn't made me any richer, but it has turned my world upside down, positively :)
My previous job was but anything to do with programming. Over the years, I've learnt more and more about Perl in my leisure and become more certain of what I could do with it.
I developed a website in Perl. It's still at its infancy and it's probably amatuerish.
I wouldn't be comfortable with doing it in any other language, due to my lack of formal training in programming. With Perl, knowing just the tip of it does enable you to get the job done. I can't say that of other languages - Java and C++, for example, in which I had some exploratory experience.
So, in what ways has Perl helped you?