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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Marching to his own beat, he took a brave approach that broke musical barriers for others to follow.
The goalie is marching to his own beat and is now out of step with his team who should open the front door and just let him keep walking.
This and that: Always marching to his own beat, Galaxy goalkeeper Jorge Campos was the only player on the team not wearing a beige sport coat and tie at the league's press conference.