Quit taking EVERYONE’s temperature on whether they like You or Your work.
Stop seeking affirmation from EVERYONE about what you feel SO Very strongly You should do with your life.
All you’re doing is using other people’s opinions of You as excuses to not buckle down, work hard and do what you need to do to get what you want.
There are, maybe, only two main questions you should be asking:
1. Am I truly, absolutely, utterly, convinced that I’m passionate about this?
2. Is there a market for what I want to do?
A lot of the time the people closest to you DON’T have the answers to these questions.
So quit waiting for everyone’s “Yes”. Quit seeking popularity votes. Quit making excuses.