I am not talking about Spiderman, which is likely collecting royalties when you're watching it on Netflix, but the real spiders. The ones that you see in your ceilings, attics, hallways and elsewhere. On my last two weekends visiting the Estonian countryside I had a closer look at the spiders and their webs.
And for animals, the income is not monetary, which we, the humans need, but of course in terms of food.
Spiders build the web, set it up like a trap, for example, next to the window, a strategically important location if you intend to catch mosquitoes, flies and other insects. And then just wait until the prey hits the web.
Seems comfy like you chilling in a hammock and being served with the butler? While you as a human can convert your cash into strawberries, cherries, shrimps and other delicious types of food, spiders have to rely on whatever gets stuck in the web. Thus, while it seems like a simple life for spiders, as humans we certainly have a more exciting life and you can have a much more diverse food web. But to make that happen, we can take some inspiration from the spiders.
Reading at Wikipedia, I discovered three more facts on spiders:
1. There is no consistent relationship between the classification of spiders and the types of web they build. Nor is there much correspondence between spiders' classification and the chemical composition of their silks.
The takeaway for us is that you can build your passive income web in the way that works out for you, with the tools that are available for you.
2. Although spiders are widely feared, only a few species are dangerous to people. Spiders will only bite humans in self-defense, and few produce worse effects than a mosquito bite or bee sting.
This nugget of wisdom is that there are a lot of assumptions out there, which feed on groundless fears. Like there is actually no need to be afraid of spiders, as most of them are harmless. There are likely many other things that you are currently steering away from without any validated grounds.
3. Spider silk provides a combination of lightness, strength and elasticity that is superior to that of synthetic materials, and spider silk genes have been inserted into mammals and plants to see if these can be used as silk factories.
When spiders have the silk that gives them the edge and provides value even for us, humans. Think, what's the value that you can provide and how to spin your web with that.