Have you ever been in a situation where you've needed help? An insignificant moment in time when you need someone's assistance but ended up receiving nothing. If so, what did you do? Did you give up? Dive you throw in the towel and walk away? Or did you stand up and say "screw it, I'll do it myself".
These moments could have been anything. From washing the dishes to saving a friend from harm. It may sound like nothing, but history teaches us that people willing to rise up and solve their own problems are the ones who will eventually go on and change the world. Right now there is a whole subreddit dedicated to those moments in history where someone just said: "screw it, I'll do it myself." And believe me, they're all great. These moments are funny, inspiring, and heart-warming.
So why not check them out and see which one inspires you the most. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
The man who saved a whole town by himself.
Canadian Soldier Leo Major and his friend Willie Arsenault were scouting a Dutch town called Zwolle that had been captured by Germans in WW2. On this scouting trip, the two had decided to liberate Zwolle together but were spotted and Arsenault was killed. Major, enraged, killed two Germans while the rest fled. On the outskirts of the town, Major intercepted a vehicle, disarming the soldiers there. He told a French-speaking soldier that all the Canadian artillery would be firing on the town in the morning, and decidedly let the Nazi free to spread the rumor, even returning his weapon as a total alpha move. That night, Major decided to single-handedly liberate the town. Arming himself with many weapons, he made explosions and noise, making it sound like the entire Canadian army was there. Several times that night, Major went back and forth from Zwolle to the Canadian base taking 8 to 10 German prisoners each time. - Yblok
Oh, but there's even more to this story…
I should also mention that Major was a sniper who had only one eye from a phosphorous grenade explosion years prior and remained in the military because he insisted he only needed one eye to aim his weapon and that to him, he "looked like a pirate". The Dutch town of Zwolle was liberated by a one-eyed sniper. He has several other legendary acts, but this to me was his best. - Yblok
The man who invented calculus.
Let's not forget that Isaac Newton ran out of math to work with and was like "I guess I'll just invent Calculus then." - ItsUrPalAl
The man who tested his own elevator?
Otis invented pretty much what we consider the modern elevator. Nobody was convinced it was safe so he hoisted himself up extremely high and had somebody cut the cable with an axe to prove how confident he was that the elevator was safe regardless of almost worst-case scenarios. - Iivaitte
The man who saved his own business.
In 1888, Almon Brown Strowger, an undertaker, noticed he was losing a lot of business to the other undertaker in town. He found out that the other undertaker's wife was a telephone operator and when she intercepted people asking to be connected to Strowger's funeral home, the operator would route the call to her husband's funeral home instead. Three years later, Strowger patented the automatic teller exchange, a system which allowed telephone users to make calls without the need for human operators, singlehandedly destroying an entire workforce. - Nova3482
The man who helped create internet security.
Cliff Stoll (The Cuckoos Egg) noticed weird traffic on his university servers. No one believed him that there was any risk occurring. Ended up uncovering a major hacking attempt to steal missile designs and basically created internet security. (I think it was missile designs, it's been a long time). - Flamebroiledhodor
The man who stopped an outbreak.
John Snow (not that one, the father of epidemiology). No one believed him that the Cholera outbreak in what is now Soho was because of a contaminated water pump. He broke it. They arrested him for vandalism and held him until the outbreak suddenly ended… - Pyrangalit
The man who created a whole new piece of software.
Donald Knuth is one of the big names in computer science. Back in the 1960s, he set out to write the definitive texts on computer programming and analysis of algorithms. The first three volumes came out and he started the fourth in the early/mid-1970s. He was unhappy with how the newer printing/editions were typeset and so he took a summer to "solve" that problem. A decade later the fourth volume still had not been completed, but as a consolation prize we got TeX (later extended to the more commonly used LaTeX), without question the most comprehensive and powerful language for creating documents with heavy technical requirements; it is a strange mix of a markup language like HTML and a compiled language like C. It is completely free and has been for well over 30 years and is probably the most bug-free piece of software I've ever seen. Certainly, for its size and scope, there's not much out there of comparable quality. - Shellexyz
The men who saved all their friends.
Probably the time Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa decided they couldn't wait around any longer and legged it for 10 days across the Andes with no warm clothes, climbing gear, or food except some scraps of their dead friends stuffed into a sock. They finally found someone out in the middle of nowhere, Sergio Catalan, who rode horseback all night and then took a bus to get some help. The mountain climbers had come from the wreckage of a crashed plane that everyone had been looking for over 2 months. They needed help for the other survivors who were injured and starving. They saved 14 of their friends. - NotDaveBut
The man who took fate into his own hands.
It's gotta be Aimo Koivunen- he was a Finnish soldier in the second world war when the Finns were trying to reclaim land from the soviets. he got separated from his unit mid-war in the middle of nowhere- he was the one tasked to carry the drugs they held in case of injury or tiredness, one of which was Pervitin (which was literal meth in a tablet form). instead of just taking one or two, he downed the whole bottle and went on a weeks-long methed up rampage. he got hit by a landmine, evaded Soviet soldiers, caught a bird and ate it raw, all while on skis. he finally made it back to Finnish lines where on arrival, he weighed only 90 pounds or so and had a heart rate of 200 beats per minute. he ended up living for another 45 years. - Burntwenis
The man who got turned down by Facebook.
Brian Acton interviewed at Facebook and got turned down. He said f**k it and built Whatsapp. Several years later, Facebook bought Whatsapp for $19B. - Gaenji
The man who vaccinated mumps.
Maurice Hilleman invented over 40 vaccines during his career in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1963 his oldest daughter caught the mumps. He cultured a sample from her, developed a vaccine, and injected it into his younger daughter. That vaccine is still in use and has saved millions of lives. In total, it's estimated that his work has saved 118 million lives globally. - Mrbibs350
The man who endured.
The guy who started FedEx wrote a college paper about a nationwide overnight shipping company and got a C...started the company anyways. Later after he started it and it was struggling, he couldn't get a loan and the company was almost bankrupt, and he bet next weeks payroll at the casino on roulette and won. Also got a silver star in the Vietnam war and now co-owns the Washington redskins...the latter often viewed as the biggest failure in his life. - Financecorpstrategy
The woman who conquered Russia.
I'm surprised no one's mentioned Catherine the Great of Russia. She decided her husband was useless (which, granted, he was) and proceeded to set up a military coup to overthrow him. Even with the plan being discovered early, she dressed herself in military garb and marched with her new army, which had just sworn loyalty to her, down to Peter's palace, where he was forced to resign the throne, all without a single drop of bloodshed. At least until Peter turned up dead sometime later under shady circumstances but honestly for a military coup it was pretty non-violent. If saying "F**k it, I'm ruling Russia myself" isn't great, I dunno what is. I mean, it's right there next to her name for a reason. - [deleted]
The man who broke down a mountain.
Not a very old story. Manjhi or the mountain man lived in a very remote village of India whose route to nearby was blocked a mountain and hence villagers had to climb it every time. And they had to do that daily to get essential supplies. During one of these trips, his wife fell down the mountain. He loved her a lot. He tried first to persuade the govt to do a mountain tunnel project there but to vain. So he went on alone to break the entire mountain with just an axe. He did that for 10+ years and finally succeeded. There is a Bollywood movie on him too. - Utm99
The man who had to invent his own lightbulb.
Nikola Tesla was tasked with lighting up the world's fair but Thomas Edison wouldn't allow him to use any of his patents so Tesla had to invent a new lightbulb that didn't use any of Edison's patents and could still have thousands made in time for the event. - Knighthawk37
The man who didn't give up.
Desmond Doss. Single-handedly saved from 50 to 100 men up on hacksaw ridge in Okinawa. His company was ordered to retreat when they were attacked by the Japanese but instead he said "Nah," stayed up on the ridge alone, unarmed, and dragged as many soldiers as he could to safety without any help. Even when he was shot by a sniper and riddled with shrapnel, he made sure they took another guy down the hillside before him. - Scooby_Dooby-Dont
The man who used math to touch the stars.
James Clerk Maxwell was idolised by Einstein as being the father of modern physics. Not only did he formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation but just for sh**s and giggles, he calculated exactly what Saturns rings were made from using pure mathematics. It wasn't until Voyager 1 and 2 passed by and took photos in the early 80s did we get confirmation that Maxwell was right. He then calculated how to take a colour photograph in 1855. This was then achieved in 1861 and is recognized as the first-ever colour photograph. - Ohmys
The man who had something to prove.
In 1947 a guy named Thor Heyerdahl was trying to prove his theory that the Polynesian islands were settled by people from South America, not Asia. Nobody believed him because it was thought that crossing such a large ocean with the technology they had back then was impossible. So he decides to build a boat using only the tools and materials available at the time these migrations took place. And then he sailed that boat across the Pacific Ocean, nearly dying in the process, but ultimately making it to the Polynesian islands.
The man who had to operate on himself.
The doctor stationed in Antarctica that removed his own appendix. Goddamn. - Haploid-life
The moment everything changed.
When Nintendo turned down a collab with Sony. Then Sony said, "F**k it, we'll do it ourselves". The rest is history. - Vallarta21
The man who really wanted a divorce.
Henry VIII. Couldn't get his way with the pope, so made he made the Church of England so he could do what he wanted. - Scicst
The man who wanted a better car.
A man who was a tractor mechanic company owner made a good chunk of money and bought a Ferrari. He felt that the car wasn't as good as it could be, and it wasn't very comfortable, so he brought his complaints all the way to Enzo Ferrari, the owner of the company. Enzo insulted the man, saying a mere tractor mechanic didn't know how to make a sports car. That sparked a rivalry that lasts to this day. That man was Ferruccio Lamborghini. - ChaosTitanium
The man who tested his theories on himself.
Perhaps when no one believed Barry Marshall that H pylori can cause stomach ulcers so he thought "screw it, I'll test it on myself " and ended up getting the Nobel prize. - Ahmadove
The woman who saved millions.
Marie Curie, Polish/French chemist and physicist who, without going into great detail, died of constant exposure to radiation while seeking a cure for others, more or less sacrificed herself as a human guinea pig knowing full well the consequences of her actions. Here in Scotland, we have many 'Marie Curie' charity shops who provide funds for hospices and the like, I'm pretty sure she's responsible for saving my ass and many countless others for her pioneering works. Was quoted in July 1912 as saying 'f**k it, I'll do it myself' *allegedly* - Convulse1872
The woman tired of being silenced.
Clara Lemlich taking the stage at a union meeting in 1909 to declare a general strike after the (older, male) union leaders told the working girls that there really wasn't a point in striking and it would be too hard, just be patient and deal with it. So 20-year-Old Clara interrupts them, climbs up on the stage, and shouts at the crowd that she's tired of just talk, time to strike and everyone went for it, instant agreement of the workers. - Hedgiwithapen
The man who grew tired of metaphors.
Alexander the Great solving the Gordian knot by cutting it with his sword. - Choppergold
The man who really was that hardcore.
Wasn't there that Russian (of course he was Russian) Doctor that did stomach surgery on himself, with only a bottle of Vodka for Anaesthetic… - Londondude123
The man who needed answers.
General Vladimir Karpovich Pikalov was in charge of the Chemical Troops of the Soviet Union during the Chernobyl incident. When asked to get one of his men to get a reading of the radiation levels inside the reactor, he said he'll just do it himself. Fun fact, not only he survived the radiation until 2003 where he died normally, but he also survived three of the deadliest battles in the Russian front during WW2. - Xamni15
The woman who bought a tank.
Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya, otherwise known as "The Fighting Girlfriend" sold all of her possessions to buy and donate a tank to the Soviet Union after the death of her husband in 1941. She requested and was allowed by the army to let her drive the T-34 she promptly named "The Fighting Girlfriend". Oktyabrskaya proved her ability and bravery in battle and was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Unfortunately, she later died in 1944 due to wounds she suffered from in battle. She was later given the title of "Hero of the Soviet Union" the highest honor any Soviet soldier could earn. Mariya was one of two female drivers to earn the title. - Electroisland.