80% of our class were all scholars of different institutions - private and public.
In that field, everything is trial and error. That's what engineers do - well most of the time. Then one of my professors advised us not to burn all our energies and brain cells in one task, because there will be more to come. He told us to WORK SMARTER rather than WORKING HARD.
Like a fire, that idealism spread all over the freshmen sections. On the hindsight I see the advantage that nobody looks tired, stressed, and nerdy. However, what I saw next got me thinking if they really understood the context of working smart --- because if they really do, how come cheating on exams became rampant, project and thesis making turned into an outsourcing business, and beating deadlines became the new trend of procrastination thus delivering mediocre reports.
If this what turned out to be the definition of the new ideology, WORKING SMART, I'm afraid everybody else would just not dare to climb up the stairs anymore.
In my opinion, all NEW tasks whether difficult or common-sense level, require everyone to WORK HARD at first. Only mastery of this task produces the technique of WORKING SMART afterwards. Come to think of it. How can you be smart in Algebra if you are poor in basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division? How can you build a business empire without working your way up to know first the basics of accounting, management, and negotiation?
Generations of today want everything in a hurry. They forget the value of EXPERIENCE. They forget that before anybody else becomes SMART, he has to start from nothing and that means working hard at first.
I would love to hear your opinion on this! Which would you rather do, work hard or work smart?