Young animals today, they think they can just wait around for someone to knock on the door and offer to kill them. That's not how the real world works!
You've got to wake up every morning with the attitude that you are going to get it done! You are going to make something (that is, food) of yourself! Take the bull by the horns, as they say. Or the pig by the ribs, or whatever gets your heart pumping.
The blacksmith learned his lessons well. He knows it's all up to him. He understands the joys of making something by hand, pounding the rack of ribs with a cleaver until you earn the gold watch, the number in your ear, and the electric prod that drives you to the bolt gun.
They're called values, kids.
(Thanks to Dr. Tofulish for the referral.)