Everyone in the world does not have to go to college to be successful. Some people only want, and do well with, entry level jobs that require only a high school diploma. Others do well with trade or vocational training.
The reason I was wanting a college degree so much is because I have physical limitations impacting my ability to succeed in the types of jobs I mentioned.
I did not disregard their advice because I was physically prevented from going to college as a dub. Eventually after escaping, I did go to college. Took me a damn long time.
My career lagged behind everyone else for a while, and now I've surpassed what most people achieve, out of sheer will.