drag (oneself) up by (one's) (own) bootstraps

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drag (oneself) up by (one's) (own) bootstraps

To put forth effort to improve one's life or circumstances, rather than relying on others. After I declared bankruptcy, I had to drag myself up by my bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing. I know you're heartbroken by this breakup, but you just have to drag yourself up by your own bootstraps and get back out there into the dating scene.
See also: bootstrap, by, drag, up

drag/pull yourself up by your (own) ˈbootstraps

(informal) improve your situation yourself, without help from other people: Nobody helped her get where she is today — she pulled herself up by her own bootstraps.
See also: bootstrap, by, drag, pull, up