We’re entering a tough time. Entrepreneurs especially are going to need to be tough. You are going to need to be polished. You’re going to need to be bold and trustworthy.

Those who aren’t able to deliver on what they promise will be outed first. We’ve been in a time (especially in tech circles) where floaty people have been talking a good deal. But when it’s time to create something remarkable, that’s when the true winners survive and thrive. The fluff needs to go.

America has thrived for years on creativity, hard work, and innovation. It’s what makes us. Sure, people in other countries will do some of the jobs that we don’t really want to do anyway. And other countries have technical chops that far surpass ours. But the creative people who can implement their ideas will be the ones who keep this country going.

What do you do if you’re a member of that floaty circle of people? There’s something holding you back. Discipline. Drive to learn what you don’t know. The desire to challenge yourself in order to grow.

What do you need to learn in depth? How can you challenge yourself to push through to the next level? You probably know the answer. Stop holding yourself back, or else walk into extinction.