Before Sheila Nevins, no one cared about our human stories.\r\n\r\n\u201cI felt that there could be a performance in every man, that every man could perform his life or his situation or his trauma or his successes or his failure,\u201d Sheila said.\r\n\r\nShe\u2019s a 26 Academy Award-winning HBO producer. She birthed the modern documentary. 1,700 of them in total.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think everyone has something to offer,\u201d Sheila said.\r\n\r\nBut not everyone realizes it. \u201cSometimes you\u2019re so embittered by life that you never can tell your story,\u201d she said. \u201cI think in the best of all worlds everybody would respect their own story. They would feel that their life was worthy\u2026 that they had done the best they could\u2026 that they were the victim either of circumstance or the recipient of good luck.\u201d\r\n\r\nShe sees people as a picture. To Sheila, all life is either film uncaptured or captured.\r\n\r\n\u201cI walked home last night,\u201d she said. \u201cThere were a lot of bag people out. Madison Avenue\u2026 pretty ritzy block. Fancy stores and a guy collecting cans. No one who threw that can in that garbage thought that someone could get five cents for it.\u201d\r\n\r\nSheila made documentaries. But this podcast isn\u2019t only about that process. It\u2019s also about the lens she used. And how she inspired us to fall in love with ourselves, with human stories, and with the darkness of the human experience.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis article by James Altucher first appeared on\u00a0LinkedIn\u00a0and has been reproduced with permission.