Take the shortcut or enjoy the process?

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

In other words, you have to be able to understand that sometimes, shortcuts are necessary. The problem is that too many people fail to recognize when a shortcut is appropriate, or they allow themselves to become too dependent on shortcuts.

In any case, while there are many benefits to taking shortcuts in life, taking them almost never works out well in the long term. Here’s why:

Taking shortcuts makes it harder for you to do things properly later on.

You’re less likely to learn anything about the process.

You’re missing out on opportunities for self-discovery.

You may be causing harm for others down the line.