Idea: Talk to 20 really smart people this week.

The best part of my job as a journalist was getting to visit with people who were both passionate and knowledgeable about their work. I don't write all that much anymore, but from time to time, I still get to chat with some great folks.

That happened this week when, as part of a special series of podcasts we're creating for Source Media, I got the chance to visit with 20 finalists from Mortgage Technology magazines annual MT Awards contest. We won't know who will take away the seven prestigious awards until the big awards ceremony at the MBA Annual Convention in Orlando this October, but we do know that the competition is fierce.

Talking to these mortgage technology leaders inspired us. They made us proud to be part of an industry that rewards people for doing great things, that recognizes when they are doing something innovative that will benefit everyone in the business.

When you find yourself getting bogged down in the day-to-day work of doing the business, take time to call someone you think is really smart and just chat with them for a few minutes. It will make a difference in your day.

Watch Source Media's Daily Briefing for the MT Award pre-show podcasts. Coming soon!

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