ahead of your time

ahead of (one's)/its time

More advanced or innovative than is or was typical in a particular era. That 19th-century scientist was definitely ahead of his time with his detailed plan of space travel. I can't believe that movie is from the 1950s—it's so progressive and way ahead of its time.
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ahead of (someone or something's) time

More innovative than can be properly appreciated during the time that someone or something is producing such innovation. He was really ahead of his time with this music—critics in the 1970s just couldn't see it. That show was really ahead of its time tackling issues like that.
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ahead of your (or its) time

innovative and radical by the standards of the time.
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By all means, be misunderstood, unappreciated and ahead of your time in print and out, then you can be felt sorry for.
However, breaking the law - civic as well as moral - was already considered "progressive" and "being ahead of your time".
When you're ahead of your time and you're trying to break into a market, it's a long, hard climb."