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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Hugh Alexander (Matthew Goode), John Cairncross (Allen Leech) and Peter Hilton (Matthew Beard) work alongside Turing, but he ploughs his own furrow, recruiting Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) to the team.
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Hugh Alexander (Matthew Goode), John Cairncross (Allen Leech) and Peter Hilton (Matthew Beard) work alongside Turing, but he ploughs his own furrow and raises eyebrows by recruiting Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) to the team.
There's no doubt Van Morrison ploughs his own furrow, with barely a word to his loyal fans.
The self-styled betting historian ploughs his own furrow regarding spelling and punctuation, but while his idiosyncratic reflections on a long life in racing and betting can very occasionally be bafflingly opaque as a result, there's so much gold here that you can't begrudge the odd bit of digging.
But he ploughs his own furrow, when it comes to charity and supporting his pals, in a thoroughly decent way.