Growing up, I hated memorizing things for tests. I can remember late night study sessions with flash cards and tons of frustration. Why did I need to know all of these things for one test? Ugh. Spending four hours to know everything there was to know about the planet Pluto just didn’t seem like useful information to me. (I’m still waiting for the day when I need to spout off information about Pluto in the business world, but until then, I’ll keep thinking that learning so much about other planets wasn’t in my best interest.) Anyway, there is something that I learned from the practice of memorization, and it’s this: Memorizing information is important because that information is there when you need it. I believe that once something is memorized, it is much easier to take that information to heart, which leads to applying useful information to one’s life.