That's how compliments work as well. You hear "don't compliment an attractive woman" and "don't go direct for night game". Both statements are hogwash but are treated as fact in the community. This is because 95% percent of men will crash and burn doing both of these things. They'll crash because they'll expect an outcome from the compliment. If you give a beautiful woman a compliment, at a bar, and expect nothing in return she'll love you for it.
You will never do ANYTHING in this world without COURAGE. - Aristotle
I did sales for awhile, and during it I had to cold approach every single person imagine able to try and sell them literal crap.
going direct takes major balls, and it's going to suck at first. After the first day, it's going to get easier. By the 3rd day of going direct with people, you'll never go back to hiding behind indirect stuff.
going direct gets you the best results the fastest. You will either get blown out (which doesn't happen hardly ever once you get good) or you'll get leads, results, success.
with indirect, you pussy-foot around, run 10x more game, more energy, and more though just to get what you could've possibly gotten going direct right off the bat.
Direct is but a way of stating your intentions at the start of the conversation - it doesn't mean you have to say exactly what you think if it's something along the lines of you getting a boner or something, but stating that you've been motivated to approach your target because she has caught your eye instead of manipulating her into thinking that that wasn't your main motive and that you only got attracted to her once you started talking to her, bullshit. I prefer going in direct, if I get blown out - okay great, you just saved me a lot of time and I made her feel better by validating her on her beauty while increasing my confidence by staying true to myself and having the balls to approach her in such a manner. Indirect is a good start, especially for aa and night clubs, but sooner or later moving towards making your intentions of the approach direct in the matter of seconds, should be second nature. I most certainly agree that sticking to Indirect Game too much is a sign of insecurity, I don't tend to frown upon it, due to the fact that I also tend to use it on some occasions (unlike in the past where it the only option I even considered), but as you walk further in your journey towards becoming better at this, your mind will most certainly evolve, and you'll most likely have a pretty different perspective on your game and how you should play it.