When I was asked to answer this question on Quora, this was my initial reaction:
Then I thought about it more.
The internet is filled with “life hacks” for every perceivable skill; from getting the shell off a hardboiled egg to folding t-shirts in two seconds.
Some of these tips are really useful. I mean, have you tried to peel a hardboiled egg (the shell turns into egg dandruff)???
However, there are many skills where shortcuts deliver no lasting value and can even have a net negative consequence on your life.
Would you feel comfortable with a surgeon operating on you if you knew that he used “life hacks” to pass medical school? How about a commercial pilot that got his license by using “life hacks” to get his certifications? Wouldn’t you want both of them to put in the hard work to develop their skills correctly?
Now obviously, you’re not going to hurt anyone with bad social skills.
Except for yourself.