There are tons of people out there who would understand you if you were to put yourself out there. They would empathize with your fears and resonate with your vision. They would get it. They wouldn’t just respect or admire you, they would love you. Even if you’re not the most popular or profitable.
There is nothing universally liked. Not even you, and not even close. But the other 50, 90 or 99 percent isn’t important when you hit your stride and a small but significant group of people come forward to admit that they don’t think you have failed or are worthless. They think you’ve given them a gift. So why worry about that other percentage?
There’s a difference between being challenged and being opposed. People thinking you stink is opposition, but the ambiguous, maybe well-meaning doubts that eat away at you are challenge. If your parents, significant other, best friend, role model or favorite electronic magazine don’t understand what your fears and dreams are steering you toward, then they don’t understand. You can ignore them. You don’t have to hate them, but this mission of yours isn’t what they’re here for. They don’t have to get it every time and probably won’t. It doesn’t matter how good their intentions are. My cousin once told me that people never know what to say to innovators, they just pump them full of fear. It’s true. A lot of people don’t know what to say. There is no magic password to warp you from volition to achievement. But if they get it, their presence and support might help you anyway.
Also, about innovation.
to introduce something new; make changes in anything established. Thank you dictionary.com. I’ve seen people hang themselves up on false notions of what innovation is. “I’m not creative.” “All I do is combine stuff that already exists.” Look at that second part of the definition. Anything established. Innovation is not godhood. You don’t have to tell an unheard-of story (there are no new plots, I’ve heard) or invent a machine comprising only never-before-made components. If you are building on an idea, if you want to shake up the status quo, if you are passionate enough to push into the world with effort like a chick hatching from an egg, you are an innovator.
You have insight. You have fears. You have allies who want to learn your name.