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4 Tips for Keeping Up with Technology

4 Tips for Keeping Up with Technology

If keeping up with technology sounds challenging, you’re in good company.

Times are changing—and fast. In today’s day and age, keeping up with technology can be more challenging than ever. But it’s also more important than ever. Especially if you’re a mortgage broker working on running a successful business. If that sounds like you, you’re in luck. This article is full of tips and tricks to help you keep up with a topic that’s always changing.

Adaptability is a mindset.

Keep tabs on tech

Keeping up with technology is easiest when it’s consistently in front of your face. So keep tabs on what’s going on in the tech world by making time each day to research trends. Follow tech news, read the latest research reports, scan the headlines. . . . Think of this like you’re reading the daily paper over breakfast. One easy way to keep up with the tech headlines is to get news delivered to your inbox: sign up for notifications like Google Alerts or Flipboard to get daily or weekly content curated specifically for your interests.

It also helps to bookmark online publications that focus on tech content like The Verge, Forbes, Tech Crunch, VentureBeat, Fast Company, and more. Who are the key players to watch? Follow well-known tech companies like Tesla, Apple, and Microsoft to see what they’re up to. And the good news? You’re not the only one interested in staying up to date with technology changes. There are countless influencers on the internet. You could easily follow them on social media and subscribe to their blogs to stay up to speed.

Keep in mind that sometimes it helps to look beyond your industry for inspiration. Of course you want to know about what’s happening in the fintech space, but innovation is everywhere. An advancement in one industry might inspire you in your daily work, or even influence your industry one day. Plus, awareness is the key—don’t get too attached to the “next big thing.” Sometimes, a trend is just that, and what you thought was important and promising one day turns out to be a total flop. Word of the wise: stay afloat and be an observer.

Awareness is the key—don’t get too attached to the “next big thing.”

Sharpen your skills

For some, it might not be enough to simply keep technology top of mind. Keeping up with technology may look like actually learning how to use new technology, especially if it’s part of your job. The good news is, one of the greatest technological advances to ever exist is there to help you out: the internet. Look online for training courses and certifications—free or paid. There are all kinds of educational tools and programs out there that can help you refine your skills and learn new ones.

That said, you probably shouldn’t go back to school for a four-year degree. Technology changes so fast that, chances are, what you learn in the classroom will be obsolete within a matter of months. It can be tough to keep up, but don’t waste your time or your money investing in things that won’t help you in the end.

Stay adaptable

This is probably the most crucial of the four tips for keeping up with technology. You have to stay adaptable. Technology is always going to be changing faster than you can imagine, so stay nimble and be ready to adapt. The big takeaway here? Adaptability is a mindset. You have to mentally commit yourself to staying ahead of the curve; then, apply yourself to that end. Don’t settle for being content with what you know. Don’t be comfortable with the things you understand. Push yourself to new heights because that’s the direction technology is headed.

Daily Habits of Successful People

Partner wisely

While you’re out there looking for ways to stay ahead of the tech curve, find yourself a lender-partner (like us) that provides training on its tools and technology. Shameless plug, I know. But we’re so passionate about keeping up with technology that we’ve built our own in-house loan origination system, Octane, just to prove it. It’s a game-changing platform that puts the power back where it belongs: in your hands.

We believe Octane is faster, smarter, and better than any other LOS out there. And when you partner with us, we don’t leave you hanging. We want you to succeed, so we provide you with the tools, training, and resources you need to make Octane work for you. If you’re not a CF Wholesale–approved broker, become one today, and partner with the lender that’s leading the way in mortgage technology.

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About the Author

Laura is one of our blog authors. Currently living in Charm City, she's a Great Lakes native who likes salsa dancing, brews a mean cup of Joe, and reads the Chicago Manual of Style for fun. As a young first-time home buyer, Laura likes writing educational pieces that dispel mortgage myths and give helpful hints about what the home buying process is really like.