I came across the above photo while attending a session at the biannual Suzuki Association of the Americas conference. I really liked it because it illustrates that the true challenge of learning is overcoming mental barriers more so than physical ones. The physical challenges are almost a moot point if a student is stubbornly stuck on that bottom stair.
Nicole Brady, who was presenting the session that had this picture, said that, for her, the picture displayed exactly why she wanted to have her children learn music. Being able to play a musical instrument was almost an additional perk. What she really wanted was for them to go through those mental challenges starting at a very young age.
Her session struck a chord with me because I completely agree with her. Imagine the limitless potential of each human being if we were each instilled with the tools to reach the top of that staircase.