There's a famous tale of overenthusiasm (literally "overreaching") told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses.

You may have heard it, especially if you're a James Joyce fan. In the original Greek story, Daedalus and his son Icarus find themselves trapped on the island of Crete. Daedalus, a master craftsman, created wings for himself and his son by gluing feathers together with wax.

Before they flew away, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too high, for the sun would melt the wax and the wings would fall apart. Once safely away from Crete, the temptation to fly ever higher proved too much for Icarus. Up, up he went, until the heat of the sun melted the wax, causing his wings to disintegrate. For all his youthful zest – his overenthusiasm – Icarus fell into the sea and drowned.

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Christopher Carosa

Chris Carosa has been writing a weekly article and monthly column for BenefitsPRO online and BenefitsPRO Magazine since 2011 and is a nationally recognized award-winning writer, researcher and speaker. He’s written seven books, including From Cradle to Retire: The Child IRA; Hey! What’s My Number? – How to Increase the Odds You Will Retire in Comfort; A Pizza The Action: Everything I Ever Learned About Business I Learned By Working in a Pizza Stand at the Erie County Fair; and the widely acclaimed 401(k) Fiduciary Solutions. Carosa is also Chief Contributing Editor of the authoritative trade journal and publisher of the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel, a weekly community newspaper he founded in 1989. Currently serving as President of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and with more than 1,000 articles published in various publications, he appears regularly in the national media. A “parallel” entrepreneur, he actively runs a handful of businesses, including a small boutique investment adviser, providing hands-on experience for his writing. A trained astrophysicist, he also holds an MBA and has been designated a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. Share your thoughts and story ideas with him through Facebook ( Twitter (