Ursula Shwuttke's recent post on Found|Read may question your notions of risk. Very well written, I urge your to read it in its entirety, however, I will re-state some of her defintions every risk taker should know:
Boldness is risking everything, meaning that which you cannot affford to lose, to pursue a dream.
Inventiveness is finding the will to be creative when necessity demands it– not when it comes to you.
Motivation is finding the spirit to hang together when resources are depleted and plans run awry.
Honor is maintaining a sense of fair play and not asking for more than you need–even when it would be excusable.
Leadership Real leadership is demonstrated when one at the ‘helm’ finds the confidence not to waver, even when the confidence of the team has wavered.
Luck On a day when it really counted, they had some of it. But it dawns on me that luck is just the product of all these other qualities. (Think about this the next time you feel ‘lucky,’ or dismiss someone else’s success as ‘lucky.’)
On a side note, I would really like to know a sailor's objection to helping someone out at sea in need of help. On another side note, I would have rather these people found their way to America. These kind of alpha go-getters is exactly what we need. Lest we forget, the modern version of the US was founded by a bunch of alpha personalities who were tired of the status quo in their own homelands.