Have you ever beaten out a bigger competitor to win business? How did you succeed?

Succeeding in business is all about understanding your competitive advantages and playing to them. For entrepreneurs and many small business owners, that can also mean leveraging lean operations and structural advantages to rewrite the rules to level the playing field.

Peter Bregman’s great post looks at Somali pirates, schoolyard games, and major league baseball to show how it’s important to “play the game you know you can win, even if it means inventing it yourself.” It’s worth the read.