It’s easy to waste more time looking for shortcuts than you’ll ever save by finding them. Sometimes, the path is clear: other people have already walked it, and they’ll even tell you where it is if you look. Meanwhile, other people – who haven’t walked the path, but want you to follow them – will offer you shortcuts. That’s when you end up getting lost.

this quote is about training to do ‘muscle-ups,’ but it applies to, well, everything… 

http://livehard.co.uk/2014/04/03/why-you-should-stop-looking-for-shortcuts-or-how-to-do-muscle-ups-in-two-weeks/