What Can Salespeople Learn from Netflix’s “The Queens Gambit”

Don Lee
An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)
10 min readNov 16, 2020

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Determination creates strength

The Queen’s Gambit offers lessons that salespeople can adopt. Credit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10048342/

(Spoiler Alert — if you haven’t watched The Queen’s Gambit yet, please stop reading this post and return once you have viewed the show. You will not regret it).

Summary

The Queen’s Gambit is a 7-episode fictional miniseries on Netflix. It is about orphan chess prodigy Beth Harmon (played by Isla Johnston, then by Anya Taylor-Joy). The story follows her pursuit to become the world’s greatest chess player. But Beth’s quest is hampered by drug and alcohol addiction and emotional struggles. Set during the Cold War era from the mid-1950s through the 1960s, the television drama is based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel with the same title.

So, what can salespeople learn from The Queen’s Gambit?

First, Follow Your Passion

We have all heard the trite phrase “follow your passion.” But, like it or not, following your passion is what gets you through the proverbial rough spots or the bumps along the road as you follow your dreams.

When Beth discovers that she loves chess at a young age and is good at it, she decides to pursue her passion.

Beth discovered her love of chess when William Shaible (played by Bill Camp), a janitor, secretly teaches…

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Don Lee
An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)

Sales professional, Writer. Blog: http://dononselling.com. Author: Jumpstart your Sales Career: Help for New Salespeople — https://amzn.to/3eXg0O4.