pull yourself up by your own bootstraps
pull (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 pull myself up by my bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing. I know you're heartbroken by this breakup, but you just have to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and get back out there into the dating scene.
pull (or drag) yourself up by your own bootstrapsimprove your position by your own efforts.
A bootstrap is sometimes sewn into the back of boots to help with pulling them on. This idiom has given rise to the computing term bootstrapping , meaning the process of loading a program into a computer by means of a few initial instructions which enable the introduction of the rest of the program from an input device. We now refer to the process of starting a computer as booting or booting up .