Well, 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama has plenty of both.
The 22-year-old ended up scaling the front of the building, pulling himself up from balcony to balcony, until he made it to the 4-year-old and pulled him to safety from midair.
Accustomed to keeping his head down and staying out of trouble, Gassama said he didn't think of his legal status when he sprang to action.
"I climbed ... thank God I saved him". He said he couldn't have done it without God.
Not even in his wildest dreams did the young Malian national - who crossed Niger, Burkina-Faso and Libya to reach Europe - ever imagine he would be received at the French presidential palace.
A Malian man in France has been hailed a hero and granted French citizenship after he scaled an apartment building to rescue a child dangling off a balcony. "You need courage and the capability to do that", Macron told the man, according to the Associated Press.
Christophe Castaner, a French minister and former government spokesman, wrote on Twitter that he admired Gassama for leaping to save a life without thinking of his own.
Twenty-two year old Mamoudou Gassama, is an illegal immigrant now living in France according to a human-rights group.
The child's father apparently left the child in the apartment alone to go shopping and play Pokemon Go.
"Bravo", said Macron, nodding with awe.
The father of a young boy who almost fell to his death from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris was reportedly out playing Pokemon Go when his son got into trouble.
"Things could have turned out much worse so I am relieved", she said, adding that she was impatient to be reunited with her son and husband.
French newspaper Le Monde reports that child's father is being charged by authorities for parental neglect.
His official permit allowing him to work will arrive within a month, and his citizenship papers in about three months, officials said Tuesday.