Reputation is made in a moment; Character is built in a lifetime. Reputation grows like a mushroom; Character grows like an oak. (William Hersey Davis, professor)
When an athlete makes a really good play, perhaps several in one event, he has an instant reputation as a star. But his or her fame may be very brief unless there is continuing success on the field. Character, however, takes longer to be recognized. Fame may be fleeting, but integrity and living a life of good character over time will last even beyond one’s lifetime.
Endurance develops strength of character. (Romans 5:4)