Rambam , laws of Idolatry 1:3 , speaks of how Avraham Avinu taught the whole world about Hashem. The Raavad asks why didn't Shem Ever do the same as Avraham. ?
He explains that they did their best , but they did not have opportunities to smash idols thus they were not as effective.
We learn that there is a way to lock in & insure our growth by smashing the negative , step by step.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.