My question specifically relates to learning a new skill. Which could be used in the following example:

An aspiring athlete trains for an hour each day without feeling like she is making much progress. However....

One analogy that comes to mind, although not terribly elegant, is that if one adds a sufficient number of water drops to a bath tub, it will eventually fill.

Is there any folk here with a better example?

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    What would make another example better? There are countless ways of describing this situation, from dreadful clichés to purely original poetry. What are you looking for? – Juhasz Feb 19 at 15:52

I thought of "Rome wasn't built in a day" immediately, but that is more of a cliché. Maybe you could try "brick by brick". I heard it used in the horse racing movie Seabiscuit. I see that "inch by inch" is another one similar.

I also thought about "boiling a frog" i.e. gradually, but that just made me laugh.

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/brick+by+brick https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/inch+by+inch https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Rome+was+not+built+in+a+day https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_frog


Here is another one that I like very much, but it did not "belong" with my other answer. The "day of small beginnings" is a praiseworthy day.

Do not despise the "day of small beginnings", for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.

Zechariah 4:10


My late mother used to say 'It's like growing moss, it takes time.'

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