Lots of people are searching for short cuts.
If you are going through something just to get the diploma, then by all means take short cuts. You don’t really care about the journey.
If you are determined to grow a life that becomes more and more fulfilling and you have a sense of growth and contribution – pick an important problem and don’t take any short cuts.
Maybe, we should pick something we really care about and take the long cut. We choose to make the full journey with no short cuts, no skipping sections, no jumping ahead. (The term “long cut” comes from Seth Godin. Here is Seth Godin’s interview on the Tim Ferriss’ podcast.)
Don’t spend your whole life picking some thing you don’t really want and then take short cuts to get it finished and get the piece of paper or diploma.
At least once, pick something you really care about and commit to the full journey taking in all the steps, all the hills, all the stops.
Where are you taking the long cut?