Today’s culture is boarder-line obsessed with hacks, timesavers and silver bullets. Some shortcuts are good: like keyboard shortcuts and the Panama Canal.
Others are not so great: like the shortcut through the woods that non-protagonist characters take through dark woods in horror movies. Those NEVER work out. I would agree that as a general rule, shortcuts provide immediate benefits but end up costing you down the line.
There is ONE SHORTCUT that is worth spending time and money to find: a shortcut to knowledge.
You see, there are two ways to learn. You can learn from your OWN mistakes, or you can learn from the mistakes of OTHERS. I prefer the latter every time.