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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For Rammstein, and it's the same line-up now as at the start, it's always been a case of marching to their own beat, gleefully torching the industry rule-book.
Suddenly Queens are marching to their own beat, although it has nothing whatsoever to do with the specky fella who bangs his drum wherever they go.
CANYON COUNTRY - Students at Sulphur Springs Elementary School were marching to their own beat during a drum assembly and performance.
Maybe it's the way poets only smile at those words and forge forward anyway, marching to their own beats, melodies and lyrics.