In computing, this means to create a self-sustaining system that runs without any external input.
The term came from the phrase “to pull one’s self up by the bootstraps.” Which we’ve all heard as an example of learning to be self-sufficient and do things ourselves.
Funnily enough, the phrase was originally meant as an example of an impossible task—meaning, “one cannot pull one’s self up by the bootstraps.” Think about it. When was the last time you used your shoe laces to pull yourself up?
Teamwork is essential. Reach for the hands above you to pull yourself up, and remember whose hands those were once you’re on your feet. And don’t forget to offer a hand when you can, too.