I don't know about you, but I love a good shortcut. I try and find the fastest way to get home. I never put a topcoat on my nail polish. And with a recipe, I always look at it and see if there aren't a few steps I can skip. Who has the time to milk your own coconut for coconut cream pie? Seriously? Canned coconut milk tastes just fine.
There are some things, though, where a shortcut isn't the answer. I would imagine performing surgery is one of those times. Also, when a recipe tells you to toast the nuts. Don't skip that. Obviously not as serious as taking shortcuts during surgery, but still, and important step. I skipped toasting nuts for eons. And it was the something missing from bunch of my desserts.