The Easy Route
The easy route is attractive at the start. Less work and a seemingly similar outcome, but the inevitable conclusion is deceptively vague from the starting line. The path of diligence and the path of laziness do not bring you to the same destination.
It may seem like the easy route is working just fine. Even late in the project things may be coming together, but opening night will reveal the truth. The truth that mediocre effort produces mediocre results.
Once the end is reached, no amount of regret can go back and insert more effort into the process. It's the equation of effort + passion + creativity that will yield a product you can be proud of. And that equation can't live on the easy route.