"Building a reputation is like building a house. You start with raw materials and a plan. You work little by little, brick by brick, stone by stone, board by board, until your structure is done. So it is with your life. You start as quite an unknown individual, with no more chance, perhaps, to become distinguished and successful than a million other people of like talents and ambitions. But gradually, one step at a time, you win a reputation, and as your reputation grows, so does your success."
A Help-Your-Self Booklet