I really enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. To help crystallize the points I took away from the book, I've written up a terse list summarizing them. See his book for all the details.
Without further ado I give you: 6 Tools to Help Slay the Giant:
- We have a hard time telling what's a strength and what's a weakness. Find yours. Find your giant's.
- We assume that a lot of something is good and lacking something is bad, when the opposite can be true. What are you lacking? What does the giant have a lot of?
- The underdog need not follow the rules. Giants love the rules and are often optimized to win the game within them. What rules or conventions can you ignore?
- Too much of a good thing turns into a bad thing. See #1 and #2.
- Don't assume people will act rationally. The giant thinks he knows how you're going to behave. Prove him wrong.
- A difficulty can take a person in one of two directions: it can harm them, or it can form a challenge that when overcome makes them even stronger. What difficulties can or did you turn into a strength building exercise?