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
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But Murray marched to the beat of his own drum to set up a second-round showdown against Finn Jarkko Nieminen, who beat India wildcard Somdev Devvarman 6-3 6-1.
He never played the game beyond high school, had a law degree from Pepperdine University and marched to the beat of his own drum.
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