Don’t worry about being misunderstood. You’ll always be misunderstood by someone. Especially when you follow your heart instead of the crowd. One of the lessons of history is that following your heart can invite persecution from those who are too afraid to follow their own.
Your job isn’t to be understood or to impress others. It’s to be at peace with God and treat others as yourself, regardless of what they think of you. If you spend your life trying to impress others, you’ll die having never really lived.
Do good things and let your reputation take care of itself.
Besides, you inspire people by being different. Not by being the same as them.