I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.
I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and invent things and build gadgets.
The stuff that I got in trouble for, the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton, was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered the good work.
Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most.