This is an old joke, but I have always loved the way it summarizes the entrepreneur's challenge - by focusing the small business strategy on the simple question of outcompeting.
Two hunters were out in the woods one day when they heard the snarl of a grizzly bear. One hunter began to run, while the second stopped to put on his running shoes. "What's the point of that?" asked the first hunter. "Do you really think you can outrun a grizzly?"
"No," said the second hunter, straightening up. "I only have to outrun you."
On that optimistic note, please accept my best wishes for Christmas and the holidays.
Look for (much) more activity on this blog in the New Year!