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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

write your (own) ticket

dictate your own terms. North American informal
See also: ticket, write
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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.
See also: own, ticket, write
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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It should be stressed that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is not legally binding: it does not tell countries how they should reduce emissions or build climate resilience and adaptation, but encourages countries to write their own ticket: the NDCs.
It doesn't matter where they came from or what their background is, they write their own ticket."
There are so many ways for women to write their own ticket. Technology has created a lot more opportunities for women to start their own businesses.
In the new economy, those who can literally write their own ticket are those who know how to create multiple streams of revenue from one book.
"These days a person with the sorts of skills that are going to attract us can almost write their own ticket, and that is usually too expensive for us," Sykes said.
"Tech professionals who analyse large data streams and strategically impact the overall business goals of a firm have an opportunity to write their own ticket.
Fort McMurray Today publisher and sales manager Daren Gawron said staffers can write their own ticket once they've worked there.
"They can write their own ticket and pick the geography they wish," Ktytor says.
Competitive decisions on investment parameters like yield requirements, rental growth assumptions, and capital appreciation potential are required once again, after a period in which buyers could essentially write their own ticket.
"The big problem for contingent workers is that they don't have the underpinning, the security [of a permanent job], unless they're highly placed, highly specialized, well-trained consultants who can write their own ticket, says Helen Axel, senior research fellow for the Conference Board and author of HR Executive Review, Contingent Employment.
Tenants can almost write their own ticket in any building.
The actresses it catapulted to fame, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, who played Serena and Blair respectively, could write their own tickets, which is why it's of such importance that Meester, while working on Broadway and recording her surprisingly wonderful debut album, Heartstrings, chose to star in Life Partners, a smart sleeper film that offers the millennial take on lesbian issues, the quarter-life crisis, and the indefinable and nuanced intricacy of female friendships.
But Charley had left Providence by then and headed for Gold Rush San Francisco, where hostlers, coachmen and livery people of all sorts could write their own tickets.
The two agents were not only the first people fined for walking on the grass under the legislation, but forced to write their own tickets and must pay pounds 60 each.
Through the web site, Hartley hopes to lighten the load on Cheap Tickets' overtaxed phone systems: "With 50,000 calls coming in everyday and under 500 employees, it doesn't take a mathematician to see we need help." Plus, he says, customers who don't want to deal with a travel agent can essentially write their own tickets. Beyond those projects, Hartley says only that he expects more explosive growth due to new travel-related products he won't divulge.