“When you don’t have debt you don’t care about your reputation in economic circles—and somehow it is only when you don’t care about your reputation that you tend to have a good one.” (From Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb)
Applied to social life, there’s a similar concept. When you don’t care what people think, it becomes a lot easier to make your mark. Think Andy Warhol or Lady Gaga—have either of them shown a record for giving a shit? No, yet both have lead illustrious careers as artists because of this willingness to push the limit of their identity.
As Richard Feynman once said, “What do you care what other people think?”