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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In a city, by his own admission, drowning in whacked-out guitar bands, he's recognised the need to plough their own furrow and escape the Merseyside bubble in order to get their music out there.
Once that has passed, there is only their school work and perhaps the odd unsuitable friend to be concerned about and all too quickly you wave them goodbye to plough their own furrow in the field of life.
While badge snobbery remains a big hurdle I would imagine anyone who likes to stand out from the crowd and plough their own furrow in life generally will be tempted by its appeal.
And he believes, no matter how controversial it will be, the future for globally powerful clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United is to plough their own furrow when it comes to foreign TV rights.
They appear to plough their own furrow and appreciate they can never compete dominated by the big spending clubs in England and France.
They do not have to follow agreed terms and conditions and are allowed to plough their own furrow.
They give the commercial hip-hop sounds a wide berth and instead plough their own furrow - or furrows, because Leddie's alliteration is quite different to Smoggy's machine gun etiquette rap.
It doesn't matter what is written about them, they will still plough their own furrow.
We have introduced a new category - entrepreneurial - this year to recognise the courage and flair of those who choose to plough their own furrow.
BOOKMAKERS will produce further evidence next month that they are prepared to plough their own furrow without British racing, as betting-shop employees brace themselves for an unprecedented run of 19 unbroken weeks of Monday-Friday evening openings.
Instead, the band are happy to plough their own furrow.
The rest of us have known for ages that the police plough their own furrow.