march to (one's) own beat

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march to (one's) own beat

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 his own beat. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to your own beat, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
See also: beat, march, own
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In the days of family-owned newspapers and closely held chains, publishers marched to their own beat; as owners, they did what they wanted, and they were usually rich and powerful enough to get away with it.