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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"That is only to be admired." Frightened Rabbit have also ploughed their own furrow and reaped the rewards.
Alastair Darling, Nigel Lawson, and of course, Gordon Brown have all ploughed their own furrow, but it seems rather less easy for other ministers.
For 16 years, they have ploughed their own furrow as, almost yearly, new bands arrive to steal the limelight and glory.
From the introduction of Super League on Tyneside in 1999, when Thunder's average gates were higher than the Falcons, the rival codes have ploughed their own furrow either side of the Tyne.
In particular, I like the way RIM have ploughed their own furrow and made a success of it.