Reminds me of the drafting class I took in high school. Our assignment was to create blueprints for a house. I didn’t want to do a boring box. So I designed a round house. It was much more challenging. Consequently, I didn’t quite complete all the required elements.
Was my instructor impressed by my “rocket ship”? Nope, I got the only C of my academic career.
So I’d add to your lesson: avoid customers who don’t appreciate quality work.