by (one's) (own) bootstraps

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by (one's) (own) bootstraps

By one's own efforts to improve one's life or circumstances, rather than relying on others. After I declared bankruptcy, I had to haul myself up by my bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing.
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by one's bootstraps

see under pull oneself up.
See also: bootstrap, by
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by (one's) (own) bootstraps

By one's own efforts.
See also: bootstrap, by
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* The reason why any group is suffering from discrimination is their own fault, they deserve what they're getting because America is a meritocracy otherwise, like us (or me), they could just pull themselves up by their own bootstraps;
Some countries have had austerity imposed upon them, by European Union officials who were apparently convinced that austerity would increase business confidence and help these countries pull themselves by their own bootstraps out of the quagmire.
Amy Wax, a University of Pennsylvania law professor who recently wrote a book about how black people need to stop depending on the government and pick themselves up by their own bootstraps, asked Hymowitz why men still dominate in most of the fields we associate with power.
Anyone who has tried to lift themselves up by their own bootstraps will know you're going nowhere unless you have mastered the trick of levitation.
We all want those areas that are not sharing in the general prosperity to lift themselves up by their own bootstraps. That is the Holy Grail of community regeneration.
With Goldman Sachs in hot water for allegedly defrauding investors, one expects to soon see Luntz driving away from its New York headquarters and, minutes later, executives confessing they were just "pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps."
have turned down the invitations, saying they would pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps.
SEVEN people who found themselves facing the dole when the company they worked for went out of business raised their employment prospects by their own bootstraps.
Aboriginal people have been housed in the cheapest, most inadequate shacks in over-crowded conditions for more than a century, and now they're being told to show a little initiative and pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. That's unreasonable.
The story had a happy ending when the youngsters pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps after training in the rain on their day off.
Scott Klinger, co-director of Responsible Wealth, identifies a "predominant cultural myth" that a person who is a financial success has "pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps." On the contrary, Klinger argues, "Successes are built upon the investment of the broader society," such as low-interest housing loans and public education.
But, he contends, the assumed demand imposed on middle-class blacks, in this case members of AME congregations, that they pull themselves up by their own bootstraps while also pulling up the race, was "impossible," and not expected of other ethnic groups.
And these are so often the very people who tell Negroes that they must lift themselves by their own bootstraps. ...
But he also finds "realists" who argue that the erstwhile East Germans will now have to do what the West Germans did after World War II - pull themselves up by their own bootstraps (not reality in either case, of course).