Do your own surgery
1 - Victor Yazykov was alone in the middle of the ocean, half through a round-the-world yachting raceYacht when, in 1998, his elbow turned red, then yellow, then white.
Undeterred, he stripped near-naked in his cabin and set about draining the abscess himself, aided by a 13 step guide sent by email from a doctor on the other side of the world.
Having saved his arm, and possibly his life, he sailed on to Cape Town where he finished 10th.
2 - If you want something done right, do it yourself