When I was a first-year PhD student, I got easily lost in the sea of papers. Always dream that I could come up with fancy ideas and flash circuits. And, you know, it always ended up with despair.
As time goes by, I came to realize that a good circuit design is not at all about proposing new ideas and circuits. I believe that a designer (or researcher) is good if he/she knows the fundamental limit of the problem and provides the simplest way to solve the problem.
What do you think?