make (one's) own way

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make (one's) own way

To advance or progress, especially through life, according to one's own efforts, inclinations, or designs. This country prides itself on letting people make their own way, relying on no one else's work but their own. We've tried to give Jack all the guidance and support we can, but at the end of the day, he has to make his own way in the world.
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He paid tributes to all the courageous and diligent special friends in the country, who defeated their illnesses and made their own ways towards happy and independent life.
While Souness and Murray made their own ways through soccer's maze their experiences were vastly different.
In addition, the focus on parents rather than children tends to obscure the fact that children were participants in their own lives; even the youngest children found their own toys and made their own ways in life, as authors like Elliott West in Growing Up With the Country: Childhood on the Far Western Frontier (1989) and David Nasaw in Children of the City: At Work and At Play (1986) have shown.