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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
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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

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.
See also: own, thing
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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.
See also: own, thing
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do one’s (own) thing

tv. to do what one wants; to do what pleases oneself no matter what others think. I’ve always done my thing, and I don’t see a great amount of benefit from it.
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do one’s thing

See also: thing
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do (one's) own thing

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
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do one's own thing, to

To find self-expression or self-fulfillment in some activity. Although this term is very old indeed—numerous references can be found in Chaucer, as in The Merchant’s Tale (“where as they doon hir thynges”)—it became hackneyed during the 1960s. Rebelling against the establishment, the unconventional “dropped out” of society and joined communes where they would “do their own thing.” One might wonder how many of them were familiar with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, Self-Reliance (1841), in which he said, “I have difficulty to detect the precise man you are. . . . But do your own thing and I shall know you.”
See also: own, to
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I have to do things I don't want to now 'cause you and Marilla'll send me to bed if I don't.
Build a Better Company by Recognizing Employees Who Do Things the 'Right' Way
Summary: I fail to understand that why is it socially unacceptable to do things by yourself?
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.
Innovations are the things that truly alter and improve how we do things; they may even shift our proverbial paradigms.
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.
We always do things together, not as individuals--retreats, public talks.
The author notes that if your goal is to achieve different results for your business you have to go through several "midshifts." 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."
In an industry that is changing so fast and growing so fast and is part of the communications industry--which is the growth industry of the past half century and therefore has lots of new people coming into it, lots of money coming into it--you have to keep changing, keep breaking the rules to have the opportunity to do things. Risk is part of the game.
But in the information technology era, when all workers are knowledge workers, everyone is seeking to discover new knowledge in the form of new and better ways to do things. In other words, everyone is becoming a researcher.
I think the successful companies in the future will be those who do things the fastest.