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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Harper junior, however, has ploughed his own furrow from day one, mixing both folk and rock elements in his work, but always maintaining an "English" sound.
Trott ploughed his own furrow, clipping the ball into gaps and scurrying with the tried-and-tested method which has to date made him England's most consistent ever ODI run-scorer.
He was a very bright and engaging young man who ploughed his own furrow.
The double was initiated in the opening maiden hurdle as he ploughed his own furrow on the wide outside on Define and the tactic worked as he ran on well from the last to beat favourite Paddy The Ref and the game Kilbrittain Flyer.
He's ploughed his own furrow but is such a normal and approachable bloke, he really is.