do one's (own) thing

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do one's (own) thing

To do what one is interested in or skilled at, rather than simply doing what everyone else does. You don't have to go to med school just because your sister did—you need to do your own thing. Andrea is very independent and usually just does her own thing.
See also: thing

do one's thing

Also, do one's own thing. Pursue one's interests or inclination; do what one does best or enjoys the most. For example, I really give him credit for doing his thing and not being discouraged by what the critics say , or Phyllis is busy doing her own thing, running the magazine and publishing books. Although this colloquialism became closely associated with the counterculture of the 1960s, it is actually much older. In one of his essays (1841) Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "But do your thing and I shall know you." However, it came into wide use only during the mid-1900s.
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do your own thing

INFORMAL
COMMON If you do your own thing, you live, act, or behave in the way you want to, without paying attention to other people's opinions. She was allowed to do her own thing as long as she kept in touch by phone to say she was okay. I made a point of doing my own thing on the pitch and ignored my coach's instructions.
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do your own thing

follow your own interests or inclinations regardless of others. informal
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do your own ˈthing

(informal) live, act or behave as you want, not as others tell you to do; be independent: Mark’s father wanted him to be a doctor, but Mark wanted to do his own thing and run an art gallery.
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do (one's) own thing

Slang
To do what one does best or finds most enjoyable: "I get paid to try cases and to do my thing on trial" (Bruce Cutler).
See also: own, thing
References in classic literature ?
I have to do things I don't want to now 'cause you and Marilla'll send me to bed if I don't.
Don't get me wrong - having outside expertise brought some value such as the importance of doing what you're good at and recruiting those around you that can do things better.
If it carries on, tell her you feel a bit self-conscious when she stands over you and ask if there are any problems with your work or if she'd like you to do things in a different way.
Asked what the right way to do things was, Howland said, ``promoting, scheduling, and I think scheduling is a big part of it.
Here the subject is how we individually do things each and every day, whether we are an office sitter, wrench turner or truck driver.
There is no "burning platfrom" driving them to do things differently.
As Smith puts it, "You have to do things different.
I am proud of the hundreds of thousands of CPAs who perform their duties each and every day with the highest degree of integrity, intent on doing things right and helping their employers and clients do things right.
In plain English, that means: "You're doing things wrong, and you've got to let me show you how to do things right.
I think the successful companies in the future will be those who do things the fastest.
There are ways of influencing people to do things for us without using authority.
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A lot of people don't know how to access the system, how to do things as simple as suing a landlord for not doing things the proper way,'' she said.
Because we're so close, we're more willing to do things for each other.
It assumes we wouldn't do things that hurt or endanger the other person.