From Whence Came Gambit?

The legal name of my business is Gambit LLC. Last week, when I cashed some checks at the bank, the teller came back with a grin on his face.

Teller: “Are you the business owner?”

Me: “Yes, I am.”

Teller: “Did you name your business after Gambit, the comic book character?”

I get this question a lot… because nobody knows what “gambit” means.

I hated to let the teller down, but I had to. I realize Gambit is the name of a Marvel comic book character, but he was not my inspiration. And I told the teller so. I went on to explain that…

Chess was my inspiration.

I love the game of chess. Unfortunately, not many people share my interest in the game. It’s a nerd’s game, I guess.

This is also why most people don’t know what gambit means.

In chess, a gambit is a sacrifice made to improve your board position.

So a player may choose to sacrifice a bishop if it sets up a move that might allow him to pin down the queen. This is just an example. There are literally hundreds of different gambits that can be made in the game of chess, depending on the circumstances.

This is why, when I quit my job back in 2005, I viewed it as a gambit. I was sacrificing my job to improve my overall “board position” in the game of life.

This gambit set me back in the short-term. But it gave me the possibility of improving my situation over the long-term. I felt that the sacrifice was worth it. Turns out, it was more than worth it.

What gambits have you made in the game of life? How did they turn out?

-Ryan M. Healy

Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like,, and

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