People think far less about you than you do. Far less. Like almost not at all.
Their judgments are quick, shallow, and uninformed, through no fault of their own. Your judgements of them are no different.
In short, galen is most qualified to make those decisions. Also, you'll find that living to their expectations isn't why the good ones liked you.
Finally, when some one you admire for what they have done has a critique to share, listen.