Context: I am reading Success magazine and the topic is "Take three steps to open yourself to learning."

I am trying to figure out what "You can go it on your own mean," in this paragraph.

Because you're human, this process [learning new things] will be uncomfortable, and this discomfort is called growth. You can go it on your own, but it's easier with help from a friend, a parent, a mentor... a coach, whether formal or not.

I did a Google search on idioms for "go in" but there was none available.

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    "you can do it on your own" - by yourself. alone.
    – shin
    Sep 15, 2015 at 12:13
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    I searched for this and the almost overwhelmingly more common phrase is go it on your own. Can you please provide a source?
    – jimsug
    Sep 15, 2015 at 13:09
  • The source says go it, which is what you write first; but in your title, your quotation, and your search you used go in. I have corrected these to it, except the search term. Sep 15, 2015 at 13:32
  • Sorry about the first edit, I just assumed the text was correct and edited the title. Sep 15, 2015 at 13:45

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My incorrect answer was

"Go in" means "enter", "on your own" means "by yourself".

You can enter [the process] by yourself, but...

Apparently I was answering a question that wasn't asked. My bad!

The idiom "go it alone" (see here for example) means "undertake without assistance". I suppose the author rephrased it a bit to be "go it on your own", yet intended that phrase to mean "go it alone".

  • in the OP's context, I'd prefer using the word "undertake".
    – shin
    Sep 15, 2015 at 12:18
  • Yes, that too. "I go in for swimming" - "I participate in the sport of swimming", but "for" seems amiss. Sep 15, 2015 at 12:19
  • The correct quotation is go it, which OP wrote originally in one place but miswrote as go in in three others. Sep 15, 2015 at 13:34
  • Please see my other comment. Sep 15, 2015 at 13:35
  • @victor go it is an idiom, so go it on your own is not a typo.
    – jimsug
    Sep 15, 2015 at 13:43

In this context, it will mean, to "self-learn", that is, to learn on one's own. And the paragraph does make it clear that self learning can be difficult perhaps hence it is recommended to take the support of a friend/coach/mentor.

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