plough (one's) own furrow

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plough (one's) own furrow

To do something in isolation; to act without the help or influence of others. Primarily heard in UK. I tried to offer Jonathan help with the project, but he'd rather plough his own furrow. As an artist, I think you should try to plough your own furrow before worrying what other people might want.
See also: furrow, own, plough
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No, he continued to plough his own furrow, one heavily influenced by Jamaican and world music, and is still an exciting and experimental prospect.
But the Frenchman went his own way by introducing them instead of cameras, so surely he could plough his own furrow by insisting his assistants have more to do.
Eager to plough his own furrow, Hiccup shoots down a dragon more by accident than design and, as they develop a mutual respect, he secretly begins to train it.
London, Nov 15( ANI ): England opening batsman Nick Compton, who made his debut in the first Test match against India at Ahmedabad, has been advised to plough his own furrow despite being the grandson of legendary Dennis Compton.
Vilanova, who turned 44 on Monday, did not command the instant respect that the former Spain international Guardiola had accrued, but he has quickly shown he is not afraid to plough his own furrow.
This is a significant shift for Plaid Cymru, who not long ago were vehemently opposed to taking seats in the Lords (Lord Elis-Thomas, ever a man to plough his own furrow, sits as a crossbencher).
His older brother wanted Ward Hill to join him but, determined to plough his own furrow, he eventually built up a chain of 50 shops.
Nevertheless, he sought release from Sony, turned down a lucrative alternative offer and decided to plough his own furrow, embarking on a solo career and moving to the UK about seven years ago.
While The Stranglers have reconvened without the fiery eloquence of Cornwell in their ranks, he's happy to plough his own furrow.
Troubadour Ronnie had long since turned his back on celebrity and fame with the Faces to plough his own furrow with his band Slim Chance, and the joyful spirit of those distant days are magically recaptured by the 2012 version.
Mr Brown, as he takes the wheel, needs to show that he has what it takes to plough his own furrow too.
The jockey may have drawn unwanted attention to his loner tendencies recently at Lingfield, but soon he is aiming to demonstrate once and for all his determination to plough his own furrow.
He had the confidence to plough his own furrow rather than follow the herd and will be well missed.
Blair's achievement has been to plough his own furrow for so long, and to stop, when he does, at a time of his own choosing.
He's a man who likes to plough his own furrow and he will probably find being an independent member is more compatible to his type of politics.