When describing his vision of greatness, Yoseph declares, "My sheaf arose and also stood upright" (Genesis 37:7). The statement appears redundant. If Yoseph rose up isn't he by very definition standing?
In actuality, many have the ability to rise for the moment. What defines greatness is our ability to remain standing. Spurts of inspiration and enthusiasm are common but unimpressive. Perseverance in the face of challenge is the sign of true character. Yoseph would rise constantly in life, only to be perpetually knocked down again. Yet, he persevered and ultimately saved the world.
Setbacks and failure are inevitable. Greatness is found in our response.