No wonder the book of esslesiastes says, To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven."
No short-cut Tobit, you will never be what you ought to be until you are doing what you ought to be doing.
Francis Bacon says, "The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes a wrong one..... The more active and swift the latter is, the further the will go astray." Be patient and persistent and then you will miss all the wrong places and end up where you are supposed to be in life.
Don't think too much of yourself. Try to cultivate the habit if thinking of others; this will reward you. Selfishness always brings it's own revenge and might leads you astray.
Remember, many people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can do in lifetime.