march to (one's) own beat

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march to (one's) own beat

To do something, act, or behave in a manner that does not conform to the standard, prevalent, or popular societal norm. My brother's eschewed the idea of a full-time career and has had every oddball job you could think of, but then he's always been happy marching to his own beat. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to your own beat, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
See also: beat, march
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As a gifted dancer and involved community member, his resolve to march to his own beat has, at times, made him a target for bullies.
MARTIN O'Neill will continue to let Sunderland striker Stphane Sessgnon march to his own beat - because he is the Black Cats' "match-winner".
Joey "Cypher" left us too soon but will be forever remembered for his smile, talent, bear hugs, humor and the music only he heard, which allowed him to march to his own beat.
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