write (one's) (own) ticket

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write (one's) (own) ticket

To have the means, ability, or empowerment to decide one's own terms or course of action. Students who specialize in computer programming have been able to write their tickets in the economy for the last several years, as demand has continued to outpace supply for skilled employees in this field. The movie star began writing her own tickets after she exploded in popularity in the early 2000s.
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write one's own ticket

Set one's own conditions or course of action according to one's wishes or needs. For example, This generous grant lets recipients write their own tickets. This term uses ticket in the sense of "something entitling the holder to a privilege." [Colloquial; 1920s]
See also: own, ticket, write

write your (own) ticket

dictate your own terms. North American informal
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write (one's) own ticket

To set one's own terms or course of action entirely according to one's own needs or wishes: an open-ended and generous scholarship that lets recipients write their own ticket.
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"A First Nation kid that goes through geology is going to write his own ticket."
I was just reflecting what it had meant to me through the years." Bale's Batman, who first surfaced in Batman Begins and returned in The Dark Knight, made him a star and enabled Nolan to write his own ticket in Hollywood.
He can pretty much write his own ticket and figure out where he wants to go," she said.
Impressed by his easy camaraderie, an affable self-confidence, and his "glistening" evaluation report, they allow him to write his own ticket. Eager to join the fight in Europe, he volunteers to join the Special Operations Division, in which his devil-may-care attitude finds a cordial audience.