The boy looked at the mountain in front of him. “How will I ever get over it?”

“Use a rope,” replied the traveler.

“I have never used a rope a before,” said the boy, “and I don’t know if my arms are strong enough.”

“You have a steep learning curve then,” replied the traveler.

“Will I be rewarded when I reach the top?” asked the boy.

“Yes,” said the traveler, “but it is the next summit which should concern you.”

“Why? Because it will be an even steeper learning curve and I will need a longer rope and stronger arms?”

“No, because it will require you to drop the rope.”