An interesting contestant yesterday on "Millionaire". She got up to the 25K question without using any lifelines. At 25K she was asked which country the Dalai Lama fled to in 1959. She thought she knew, having just read something about this, but, incredibly, she used up all four of her lifelines trying to confirm her hunch! Her phone-a-friend had no idea, then the expert went with a different answer than what she thought, so she asked the audience who went with the expert 60% to 22% for her choice. She then double-dipped, giving her hunch as the first answer, and it was right!
This illustrates the importance of trusting yourself. She could have avoided using any lifelines and been in good shape to win a lot more money. I know hindsight is 20-20, but she was right upfront with saying she had an idea, and she clearly had good reason for her idea, having read something about the guy being in India.