march to (the beat of) (one's) own drum

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march to (the beat of) (one's) own drum

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 the beat of his own drum. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to your own drum, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
See also: beat, drum, march, own
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Their reasons are many - some are pursuing a passion, others want to march to the beat of their own drum, not someone else's, and no doubt there's a few in there aiming for world domination.
People who like to do things differently, who march to the beat of their own drum.
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