Did you know it used to be exceedingly difficult to learn a trade like goldsmith, silversmith, glass blower etc.?
You needed to be accepted as an apprentice to enter many trades in the past.
To get accepted by a master of a given trade you would have to convince him that you were worthy to teach. Candidates had to first ask, only to be rejected many times. Those that firstly had the correct physical attributes to perform in the given trade and showed tenacity to keep coming back after continued rejection were sometimes taken in as an apprentice.
These apprentices were then often subjected to demeaning tasks like sweeping floors, cleaning work areas and toilets. This seems like cruelty. However most of the apprentices that stuck with it eventually earned the right to start learning their chosen trade. Many of them eventually becoming masters of their trades in time.
The point is that learning a trade was not only a key to your future livelihood. It was a matter of pride in what you did for a living. It was more than just a job it was a calling. Not only did your profession earn you money, it afforded you respect in society and among your peers. Unlike today where the internet society breeds a sense among many people of entitlement. You tube video tutorials and such for instant gratification. Has anyone stopped and wondered about the quality of information in these videos? Masters of old had many tricks of the trade, many of those would be too involved and numerous to post in simple youtube videos. Modern society is losing out on a lot of skills and tricks of the trades in my humble opinion.
Hail the masters of old. I salute you.
Stephan van Tonder added - May I add that those apprentices of yesteryear didn't work for a salary. Once the earned the respect they started working for their own account. Even appies during the 1930's worked for board and lodging