What Happens When Work Is Your Passion?

Hi all,

I started Experience Project out of a passion for uniting people who could help each other. With all of your help, we've built the most amazing community that's ever existed online, hands down. Strangers become incredibly good friends, and no one walks away feeling alone.

But what happens to the people behind the Project? What happens when your "work" is also incredibly fun?

Enter work-life balance issues. For some, when five o' clock rolls around, work is over and everything shifts gears. Weekends are your own, and work doesn't enter the mind until Sunday night, when the realization that you have to go to bed early because you have to get up early hits.

I've lived that life. And now I live one that's much different. What I do at EP as "work" is what I would want to do even if it didn't exist. It's my passion.

But is that healthy? Where does fully blurring the line between work and play ultimately lead to?

I've never been more content, but likewise I've never been more "on" 24/7. And as much as what we do here might be a passion, the logistics and demands of running an organization comprised strictly of brilliant people are heady.

I miss my family, who I don't get to see as often as I'd like. I've almost assuredly left many friendships in precarious situations-- inadvertently-- because finding time to sleep is usually the greatest challenge versus figuring out what to do when the weekend rolls around.

So I'm very interested in work-life balance, and the approach people take based on their own backgrounds. In the meanwhile, I'll keep having fun and will always be on the lookout to improve.

EPArmen EPArmen
26-30, M
12 Responses Jul 8, 2007

That was great that you created Experience Project for "uniting people", but now i find most people coming here out of boredom, and are later complaining about their suspended profiles. what i found amazing last year was.. when i found a Girl's story getting 25 hearts and 40 responses, and a Guy's story getting 2 hearts and 0 responses. Even in the Q/A section, I find the same trend-about female questioners and male questioners... it is not Gender Equality now existing. And the worst thing is, when your profile gets suspended! I have been bad, but i have been good too... it is so irritating making new-new profiles daily, because your last one got suspended. No wonder... this is my 15th or 16th profile, and i feel sad seeing my old disabled accounts...

Well Armen i think you are a pure genius for founding Experience Project. I have never seen anything like it on the net and i don't like it when people compare it to facebook. To me it is nothing like facebook. Facebook is ok for what it is but it has nowhere near the depth that EP has. EP is truly creative and all these brilliant minds gathered together in one place to explore, life, the world and each other is truly unique and one of the best experiences i have ever had so far on the net. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your own brilliance in creating it and your hard work in keeping it going. But man! You must have some life for you too!!! Even though i admire your intense work ethic i think you most certainly need to delegate some time off for yourself to visit with family and friends. We love you but can spare you some time to have fun in your own life? I know this is fun but you did mention that you wanted more balance and i think that is a way to get it. Even if it's just for weekends so you can have that small bit of time for yourself. <br />
I wanted to write this to you after reading the post between you and mr mother (somethings) post. Your answer made me want to visit your profile. I must also say that whenever i have asked for help from EP i have always received that help so i do not see why people say they do not get their questions answered. I certainly have. Your staff has been very helpful and wonderful to me and i most certainly appreciate their attention and help. Arsinneh (i hope i spelled that right) what a beautiful name she has. She has been of great help to me. Thru different e mails she has made me understand what i need to know or how to do things :) Thank you Arsinneh :). <br />
I hope you have a lovely weekend Armen and i have had many pleasurable hours of making friends and learning about lots of people here. So many fascinating people to talk to and learn from. it is truly amazing. This is the first and only place i could feel comfortable enough to bare my soul in part and feel supported and comfortable doing it. . So thank you for a safe place. I wish you and EP many many years more of success and happiness. A big fan ... :) xox phatnhapi xox :)

Awesome!

Armen I just watched a great show on Frontline about overuse of technology. Honor your life and loves!

i think this is a wonderful site thanks for the good work

In many areas of the Merry Little Land of EP, Epeeps are watching out for one another. With that thought in mind, Armen, watch out for YOU...there's NOTHING wrong with it. <br />
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The hard part is over, and that was getting EP up and running. I'm sure that it has surpassed your imagination. Some of your employees are pretty good and they have YOUR best interest at heart, so step out on faith, take a break and let them do the job that you've entrusted upon them, without you looking over their shoulders...SMILE!!!<br />
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Fun of any kind, wears one out, so take some "Armen Time" release and breathe! SMILE!<br />
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Take care,<br />
Phyllis<br />
FROG ~ Fully Rely On God!

You just have to use more self-discipline. Because you're not being forced to do your job, so you don't voluntarily take a break. But just like anything else, there can be too much of a good thing. It's like an addiction. You have to set boundaries, and enforce them. What kind of work is ok to stay in late for? What kind of work is ok to bring home with you? What kind can wait until Monday? when your work encompasses some of your hobbies, it's guaranteed to take up a lot more of your time than a regular "blah" type job. Because you limit a "blah" type job. But it's hard to limit something you're in love with. So you end up having to make those boundaries from scratch, and enforcing them consciously, ...that is unless you want that job/hobby/passion to become ALL your life is about. <br />
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I'd sit down, make some decisions, and then start making those a habit. By all means, meet your deadlines and enjoy your job, but also clear some space for other important things. Not because you have to, but because it enriches your life. And living a rich life makes you a better worker, because you bring more to the job. Some of the greatest inventions came from people who were observing things in a different field, and then put two and two together. Just think, for every minute you spend NOT on your job but doing something else, you are mining the world for new ideas to ADD to your job. I know it's true for me as a writer, that if you never venture out for new material, you'll run out of ideas or lose perspective. Just my two cents on the work/balance thing. It's what works for me. Good luck with yours!

Eparmen im glad u have this work.i'd be lucky if i had to work n do anything for ep.i love this site!thank u for doing so much**

You are doing a good thing here darlin' and yes, sometimes our work takes over our lives and it's hard to find a balance. It's your passion and your baby and I'm sure it's hard to walk away at night but sometimes we need to keep an eye on those loved ones too and give them some time.<br />
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I'm sure you'll find the right mix but know that you are appreciated and loved!<br />
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xoxo<br />
msp

Oh yeah, one more thing. I surfed the net today to see what other 'EP' type sites were there... and absolutely NOTHING COMPARED to this site... again, Thank-you!

Armen, <br />
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I am in awe of you! You have the best job in the world. How do I know that? Well, you unite people - in a way that noone else (ie counsellors, doctors, friends) could! I always wished I had the brainpower to start a site like this because it is making people happy that is MY passion. <br />
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Just let me say that this site has made me a lot less stressed and very happy!<br />
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Thanks Armen, and everyone else that works for EP! You are truly blessed!

I aim to make money as a writer/novelist... but for obvious reasons(unpublished) I cannot yet claim that my writing is work...yet. So I write in my 'life', then I spend from 8.am to 5pm calling New Zealanders to offer them calling/mobile/broadband deals, but really, what I do at work is come onto EP and read, follow trails of interest, and post whenever I have something to add.<br />
You’ve done an astounding job, intuitive design and original concept. I have spent time on various forums over the years, looking into whatever topic interested me at the time. But I always drift away as that particular topic loses its appeal. Here I can explore for hours and continue to find something new, a bank of experiences to consider. Keep at it.<br />
You’re pretty lucky to have a job you can be passionate about.<br />
So yeah, thanks heaps.