I stumbled upon a nice short essay by a photographer Rick Ellis "What the Apple Seed can teach us."
He makes a very nice metaphor using apple seeds and concludes his big idea by writing:
"Nature has had millions of years to perfect its approach. We should take heed of the lessons it teaches, and apply its principles wherever we seek the best possible outcome."
This is essentially the same big idea that I have been after for a while now, but instead of looking to apple seeds, I'm seeing how birds have achieved success and linking that strategy to paths taken by recognizable figures. As Ellis claims, through evolution life itself has sorted the winners from the losers. Therein is a proven track record of success to guide our own efforts and lives.