go (one's) (own) way

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go (one's) (own) way

To proceed, act, or do things in a direction or manner as one so chooses or desires, especially as is distinct, separate, or different from that of others. After meeting resistance with her partner about how the business should be run, she decided to go her way and open her own law firm. Tom doesn't have a huge amount of friends, but I've never worried about him; he just likes to go his own way in life, and that's fine by me.
See also: go, way

go your own ˈway

do what you want, especially against the advice of others: Teenagers always go their own way, and it’s no use trying to stop them.
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These changes are to complement the work of Their Royal Highnesses AIDES ON WHY THE CHARITIES ARE GOING THEIR OWN WAYS
Summary: Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 04 (ANI): Still licking their wounds after the electoral debacle, the BSP and SP on Tuesday said they were going their own ways to contest the Assembly elections in 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh after Mayawati first announced her decision to go it alone saying the Yadav community did not support the grand alliance in the Lok Sabha polls.
"Soon after, the new Beatles was forming and members and friends started going their own ways and in new directions.
"Bosnia/Herzegovina is a united country but because of the differences in mentalities and the aspirations of the different people who are going their own ways the functioning of the country is very difficult, he added.
Now the university and the hospital are going their own ways by building their own small firm incubation units.
Other ethnic groups in Syria are going their own ways: The Kurds in the northeast of the country have taken over their own territory and hope to establish an autonomous region like that in Iraq.
Many of those involved in the process were moved by a conception--a Britannic vision--in which the Dominions, while going their own ways, would remain tied to Britain and each other by their common allegiance to the Crown.
There is a fear that, despite devolution, Wales will be incorporated - cricket like - into England with Scotland and Northern Ireland going their own ways and that could mean a cut in the already pitiful funding the principality is afforded.
"There are no plans to divorce, they are just going their own ways."
Catherine Dunwoody is the executive director of CaFCP, which boasts a 55,000-square-foot facility in Sacramento where the auto company members hold team meetings before going their own ways to develop fuel cells.
There is no mention of this in the 'news' section but at the time it announced that its members were going their own ways. Whatever, click on 'Collaborators' and there is a burly Ken Mackay in a black t-shirt and trainers making a series of expressive but ultimately baffling gestures.
After all, corporate branches like communications, publishing, supply and distribution, and mortgage service were going their own ways in making procurements, payments and arrangements with vendors for a wide range of services and supplies.
He said: "Victoria told me they had finished and they were going their own ways.
The boys served in the Army and the RAF before going their own ways.
Going their own ways then, they reformed in 1974 to tour North America from West to East.