• Kristen Rocco

Baby Steps Make Dreams Come True

I learned about Humans of New York while I was living in NYC. It’s a storytelling blog where its founder Brandon Stanton photographs the every day people of New York City and most interestingly, couples that photo with a short description from a conversation that he had with that person. The tales make you FEEL something — it cuts into raw human emotion — and that is what makes the blog so popular. I fell in love with Humans of New York the first time I read one of Brandon’s stories, so much so that I wrote to Brandon to let him know.

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013 12:21 PM, Kristen wrote:

Hi Brandon,

I saw "Humans of New York" on Morning Joe this morning. I'm so glad that I did! The way you have captured the human condition is quite amazing as well as the reason why New York is the greatest and most interesting place in the country, if not the world.

I have long been trying to figure out how to execute a passion project of my own. Though no answers seem clear yet; I continue to be inspired to find my own because of other people's work like yours.

Thanks for your great work. I hope we cross paths one day. I would love to hear what you've learned through all of this.



You see back in 2013 I knew that I wanted to do something more with my life. I felt that I had a bigger calling, but I didn’t know what yet. I used journalism to help me get clearer on what would eventually become Love Notery. Close to the time when I emailed Brandon, I had also started a blog called “When Opportunity Knocked” and I thought if I could interview entrepreneurs about their secrets to building a business, I could learn some of the ins and outs of entrepreneurism and also get better perspective on what I could bring into the world. I met some world-class founders along the way, many of whom I now called friends, including Forbes 30 under 30 recipient and Founder of FoodtoEat.com, Deepti Sharma Kapur; MakeSpace CEO Sam Rosen; One Seriously-Talented Author Maria Murnane; Christina Vuleta, mentoring expert and the mastermind behind 40:20 Vision, a blog aimed to empowering and encouraging women; and Serial Entrepreneur Brittany Laughlin. I asked as many questions as I could about their experiences which led them to starting their own businesses and in time, I started to build more confidence that I too could make something out of nothing.

It took a little more than 2 years until I got my inspiration for Love Notery (see here to learn that story), but I laid the groundwork well before then to be open to the possibility that I could start a company of my own.

Achieving goals isn’t an overnight thing. It’s a put-your-nose-to-the-grindstone and be super-focused thing. You first must embrace it and envision yourself being successful in whatever it is you want to do. But envisioning it alone isn’t going to get you to the finish line. It’s the little incremental actions you take that get you to where you want to go. Most the time, we have no idea how we’re going to get there, but we do know how to take that first baby step. That email to Brandon was an example of my first baby step. It’s scary to do something that you aren't sure about, but then you build confidence to keep going and pretty soon you’re not only walking, but running.



P.S. - Accountability is key! Leave me a comment below letting me know what have you been longing to do? What little action can you take today to reach your goal?