I was listening to this guy Tim Ferriss’ book on tape called “The 4 hour chef,” and I am hella not a fan. He peppers his book with interesting tidbits (e.g. you can use dental floss to cut a cake!) that kept me listening, but after finishing the tape, I felt dirty.
Now I see the reason: he advocates shortcuts. As Richard Feynman said, “There is no royal road to mathematics.” If you want to do something well, you have to put in tons of hours into experimentation, learning. There are no shortcuts. And that’s OK.
Even if you win the lottery or develop the perfect low-effort internet business that brings in tons of money, you still have to do something with your time. And if you take that something seriously, then guess what? It’s work.