My whole life, I've never been one to hold fine details in my head. Years, names, historical facts, baseball stats, they fascinate me, but I don't prioritize them high enough, to be front and center. I would rather remember every detail of the bioluminescent waters I saw crossing the Gulf Stream while sailing to Havana. I'm visual. This little flaw of mine, made my chances of making good grades unfavorable, which did bother me a whole lot.
Less day-dreaming, more details, I used to think. Be smart. But one day my attitude changed on the spot, and I was put at ease. I saw a poster, the standard and classic, 16x24" paper poster (I can't recall where it was hanging). It was a bleed, black & white photo, a headshot of Albert Einstein. At the bottom, in seriffed type, was his quote, "Imagination is more important than wisdom."
Unabashedly I can say the 'motivational poster' motivated me. If Albert Einstein thought my imagination was a vital asset to the world, then that was good enough for me. I charged forward, with my desire to think the way I wanted to think, and let my imagination go wherever it damn well wanted to go.
I let go.
Now days, I have it both ways, I have a tsunami-sized store of those fine details. Name it. Any subject; I've got the facts. Did I change my way of thinking? No, I've got an iphone and wikipedia.