In Greek mythology, Icarus's father Daedalus, a talented and remarkable Athenian craftsman, built the Labyrinth for Kind Minos of Crete near his palace at Knossos to imprison the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster born of his wife and the Cretan bull.
Minos then imprisoned Daedalus himself in the labyrinth because he gave Minos' daughter, Ariadne , a clew (or ball of string) in order to help Theseus, the enemy of Minos, to survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur.
Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son, Icarus. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before taking off from the island, warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight.
Overcome by the giddiness that flying and the power he now had over air lent him, Icarus soared through the sky higher and higher, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms. And so Icarus fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos off the Greek coastline.
The Moral of the Story:
Personal ambition is to be commended, but realize the difference between ambition and over ambition. You can also say this can be related to the affect that power can have on individuals as they taste power. Power unanchored or unregulated by a strong set of personal values or ethics can result in a fall – in the case of Icarus, literally!