"Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world; whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers." - attributed to Augustus Hare and to Lord Byron
There is a slow rise and a rapid rise. To these we must add, there may be no rise.
Fluff floats and then gloats in its meteoric success, but may not sustain under stress and testing.
Fame can make its name through crisis, accident, or blame when opportunities are seized.
But it is the long haul, the consistent call, the persistent hope and labor languishing in the heat of many days that produces steady growth in character and success.
Those who stay and stabilize their work for others to continue, stand and climb.
Those who rise quickly, must quickly act to build a foundation in the empty space beneath their feet, lest their decent be as rapid as their rise.
With far less fanfare and flair, others build their foundations step by step and step on the next step as they move toward their objectives.
As their circumstances change, they may not be aware that the greatest changes are within them. As they grow, their work grows.