All truly great revolutions occur outside the circle. They are usually brought about by great and quiet people working hard for many years in quiet rooms. Everyone else just rides the wave, or runs from it. You will be the wave.
You're right about relevance. True relevance is timeless. What you felt [...] is a highly evolved form of peer pressure. Every professional circle has it. Its movers and shakers, its gossip columns, its lists of who's in and who's out. Ignore the crowd. The crowd fears history because history judges true worth. Dream, then think, then do. History will judge in your favour.