I absolutely hate being passive - and being mystified, too. So I always work to have some degree of active control and that requires real understanding, not just buying things at face value - including what it takes to get traffic.
The answers do come along, but the funny thing is they're hard for people to hear unless they are also doing their homework. I don't want to be one of the "muggles" crowd, and I never did. Google cynics will mislead us as much as those who are drinking the kool-aid.
Success requires educated balance.