march to (the beat of) (one's) own drum

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march to (the beat of) (one's) own drum

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 the beat of his own drum. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to your own drum, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
See also: beat, drum, march, own
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For retailers who march to their own drum, PLMA's 2016 Private Label Trade Show is the one and only industry event where the biggest and the best producers across every food and nonfood category offer specialized manufacturing capabilities and expertise, exhibiting tens of thousands of products that will carry the retailer's brand," PLMA says.
Especially when they march to their own drum, oblivious that the world is wincing with every step.
The formation of this society resulted from a "meeting of the tribes" in New South Wales where John urged them to march to their own drum instead of depending on technical societies outside of the Australian continent.