A quote from Sheila Nevins, president of HBO’s documentary and family division:
"In corporate life, you have to summon up the courage to be what may appear to be difficult in the name of your talents."
A somewhat more circumspect way of saying you can’t be afraid to piss people off. I pulled this from a profile of Nevins on womensenews.org in which she also refers to herself as a “fundamental pain in the ass.” In a way that makes it clear she’s very proud of the fact.
Nevins is a risk-taker of the first order. HBO documentaries don’t feature a lot of cuddly characters and dry talking heads. She’s also a woman with a passion and a vision (not to mention one serious hair-do) who doesn’t sit around and whine and cower when things don’t go her way. She’s learned to master the two big B’s – bitchcraft and balls – and we’re all better off because of it. You've gotta admire that kind of fearlessness.
Go Sheila go.