Given a choice, most of us would choose the shortest route to accomplish something. After all, you get to save time and effort. In fact we probably spend most of our time researching and coming up with technologies that allows us to be lazier. When you become too obsess with this shortcut mentality and start applying it in everything you do, you'll start to forget that some things should be done gradually on a firm foundation.
Nothing can replace the first-hand experience you gain doing things from the ground up. You wouldn't want to build a house without first laying the foundation especially if you plan to live there yourself.
Using a shortcut to get from one place to another is fine. But if your destination is a better career, you'll need to take a different route. Preferably one that focuses more on building your foundation and have the ability to keep you at finishing line once you get there.