You have to lay the foundation before you can build anything whether it's a house, a savings account or your children's future meaning put the ground work in and live the saying "Started from The Bottom Now I'm Here"
- the basis or groundwork of anything: the moral foundation of both society and religion.
- the natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.
- the lowest division of a building, wall, or the like, usually of masonry and partly or wholly below the surface of the ground.
- the act of founding, setting up, establishing, etc.: a policy in effect since the foundation.
- the state of being founded.