Do the ends justify the means? Is it worth lowering your standards and giving up your principles in order to find a better outcome? Many times, the means are the ends. How we choose to act changes who we choose to become. The way we choose to get to where we're going defines what it's going to be like when we get there.
Take shortcuts and you're just practicing taking shortcuts.
You can still start where you are and be the beginner. There's no shame in that.
Do it properly.