Interesting question you have posed. The first thing I picked up on was that you use very strong language like "pushed' and "never".
Part of the role of educators is to inspire, support their students passions, and to mentor students so the student can maximize their strengths and eventually do what they love doing.
Education alone is never enough to prepare someone for their career path nor is it a guarantee of success. Actually, if we review the lives of successful people (definition of success is also subjective), we'd discover that success really stems from one's own passion, drive, and motivation. They are successful, because they often are doing what they love, which brings them joy and a positive attitude, and motivates them to work even harder. They often set goals and plan out how to reach those goals. Each task completed in the plan is a stepping stone to successfully reaching that goal. When things get tough, these stepping stones literally become a measure of their success, which helps them visualize how far they have come and close they are to reaching their goal!
Goals and life organically change overtime and this is okay! You have your ENTIRE life to reach them too!! So, the word "never" should be erased from your vocabulary. You haven't reached your goal yet and that is okay.
The first step is to DEFINE your goal(s) on PAPER - make them concrete and establish a realistic timeline for reaching them.
The second step is to get a PLAN that you can execute to reach those goals.
The third step it to fine a MENTOR who will tell you like it is and hold you accountable. YOU, only you are responsible for the SUCCESS of YOUR life. NO ONE will EVER be as INVESTED as YOU!
The fourth step is to get the TOOLS you need to succeed. You mentioned debt. check out this awesome budgeting app called EveryDollar found at https://www.everydollar.com/ ITS FREE!!!! I have downloaded the app on my cellphone and use it everyday!! Also, I highly recommend Dave Ramsey's book, Total Money Makeover and his course, Financial Peace which is offered at various churches and other groups. He also has a radio show and a youtube channel that is also inspirational.
The fifth and final step is EXECUTING your Plan!! You got this!!!