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Spiders in the Window Well

By Michelle Sugerman on Oct 25, 2018 01:03 pm
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Spiders in the Window Well, By Michelle Sugerman

I have a spider story. (Doesn’t everyone?) My husband and I were clearing out a deep window well. The plan was for him to lower me into the well. I would hand him the wayward newspaper and tumble weeds. He would then effortlessly pull me back out of the window well. Easy, right? Well, that’s not even close to what happened!

There were at least a billion spiders down there and when I disturbed them, I could feel them crawling all over me. Of course, I was able to maintain my composure– NOT! With all of his might and eye-hand coordination, my husband couldn’t grab even one of my flailing arms. Finally, I heard his voice over my screams, “If you hold still, I can pull you out!”

Sooo, forgive me if I am a bit weary of spiders. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s cool that spiders don’t have muscles and they move using hydraulic power, instead.* Actually, when you think about it, the characteristics of spiders offer professionals insight into the world of business:

  1. FACT: There are more than 40,000 species of spiders in the world.
    APPLICATION: Appreciate others! We are human, great in number and each one gets to build their own “web.”
  2. FACT: Spiders move by shifting four legs at a time, leaving the remaining four on a surface.
    APPLICATION: Stay grounded! Calculated risks are encouraged, catastrophic failures are not.
  3. FACT: Spiders are nearsighted and have eight eyes focused in various directions.
    APPLICATION: Maintain perspective! Focus on what feeds you (or is profitable) and within your sphere of influence. Seeing things from different viewpoints keeps us alert.
  4. FACT: Spider silk is the strongest material in the world and still unreplicated by scientists.
    APPLICATION: Leverage superpowers! Make use of what makes you special and unique.
  5. FACT: Dusty or damaged webs fail to collect food; therefore, spiders regularly rebuild webs.
    APPLICATION: Retool constantly! Just as our aging skills and tactics lose effectiveness, we must build new knowledge and practice fresh techniques.
  6. FACT: Before spiders make a new web, they roll the old one into a ball and digest it. (Eww!)
    APPLICATION: Finish well! Clean up after yourself and process (or learn from) lessons of the past.

The window well incident yielded not even one spider bite. All of my injuries were superficial and self-imposed. Remind you of a past experience? To this day, I try to avoid spiders (and window wells)– yet there is much to learn from those little eight-legged teachers. What did the spiders in this article teach you? On which of the applications would you like to expand: appreciating others, staying grounded, maintaining perspective, leveraging superpowers, retooling constantly, or finishing well?

(Got a spider story? Please share it with me!)

Creepy Trivia Questions:

  1. What color is the blood of a spider?
    1. Red
    2. White
    3. Blue
  2. How many times did Michelle shudder while researching this article?
    1. Less than 5 times
    2. About 10 times
    3. More than 20 times

* Spider facts were brought to you by:,,

Creepy Trivia Answers: 1. C, 2. C

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Michelle-headshot-01-COBABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman, an Executive Business Consultant with Leading Synergies, helps high-performing executives refine strategy, inspire teams, and delight clients (specializing in information technology, project management, consulting, and franchise management). She also leads Synergy Groups, weekly 55-minute virtual business mastermind calls for REALLY BUSY Christians in leadership. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 21 years.

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