How long something lasts usually depends on the foundation it was built upon. If you build a house out of sticks on a bed of sand, it will undoubtedly be faster and cheaper, but don’t expect it to make it through a hard rain or a gust of wind.
The time it’ll take you to continue rebuilding this stick house every time it fails (and it will) is going to be longer than if you had invested in more durable materials and actually spent the time to make it right the first go around.
I see handfuls of people every week taking short cuts because they think it’s saving time and they’re getting ahead, when in fact, they’re being left in the dust by those who understood all along that you must put in REAL work if you want real measurable results. It’s like this with everything: education, health, careers, relationships, parenting – everything takes work. Lots of work. In my experience, the short cut is usually the longest road. It’s painful for me to watch someone have a lazy-man-short-cut-mindset, but at the end of the day, everyone is responsible for themselves; not for others or for others’ failures. Telling people you’re a home builder when you’ve been building houses out of sticks all along is an insult to those who spent the time learning how to do it correctly and understanding the craftsmanship, the work, the energy and the time it truly takes to make something solid that will last forever. If you’re going to do something, why not do it to the very best of your ability? Learn every single thing about it and never ever stop soaking in as much information as you possibly can on the subject. Too often people give themselves undeserved titles when in fact, they should really just call themselves enthusiasts or hobbyists. I’m a firm believer in it never being too late to become what you might have been. But first you have to acknowledge that you can’t become what you want to be without first putting in the work.