The best way to judge whether you are going to an upward spiral in your life is to check how many people are opposing or criticising you.
Your success is directly proportional to the stones being thrown at you.
If you are being liked and accepted a lot, you definitely definitely definitely do need to change the direction of your life. Just go in the opposite direction of where the world is going and you will be just fine and will find your passion fulfilled.
It is the unknown that makes you really know thine own self.