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What the Humans of New York creator learned about work from interviewing 10,000 people
Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton has interviewed 10,000 people in his efforts with the blog, according to CNN Money. Of all the things he's learning, something about balancing work and life proves most important. - photo by Payton Davis
Over the course of interviewing 10,000 people in five years for his "Humans of New York" blog, creator Brandon Stanton has garnered 15.6 million Facebook followers with some of the project's entries being shared over 73 million times, according to the New York Daily News.

And one fan's response to Stanton's work in particular might show his influence.

"What an inspirational story," President Barack Obama commented on a HONY entry about an Iranian father and son last month, the Daily News reported. "One of the most fulfilling things that can happen to you as a parent is to see the values youve worked to instill in your kids start to manifest themselves in their actions and this one resonated with me.

Cameron Keady reported for The Huffington Post that Stanton looks to advance HONY and its purpose constantly, planning to release a new book that "delves deeper" into his street exchanges, called "Humans of New York: Stories." The photojournalist has also taken HONY overseas to document refugees' progress across Europe.

According to CNN Money, Stanton spends 30 to 45 minutes with the people in his photos and often asks "What is your biggest struggle?" and "What do you regret most in life?"

Stanton told CNN Money a common answer deals with the difficulties between working hard and living happily.

"Balancing my life is an answer I hear a lot," he said. "Balancing work and family."

CNN Money's report indicated that people telling Stanton they wish "they had skipped that marketing conference and attended their daughter's 8th grade dance instead" are, unfortunately, quite common. Stanton said Americans might want to reconsider how much they work based on his conversations.

Stanton told Jacqueline Cutler the purpose of HONY is "to convey the story of a random person in the street as effectively as possible."

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