You get to choose. Are you going that way or are you going this way? You can choose the easiest path which could get you where you want to be but there could be setbacks. You might find that it loops you back around right back where you started only to have used up some of your most valuable asset, time. You can choose the harder path. This path might take you longer to navigate and might test you along the way, but you will make progress toward your goal.
Just remember, you have your limited amount of time and energy (and money) to spend now. You can either spend more on your goals now, or spend less now and more later, again and again.