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Fumble Forward

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With the Super Bowl upon us, we thought we’d discuss how to recover your fumbles and keep moving toward the end zone. One of the most famous fumbles ever occurred on September 10, 1978 in a game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. It has become known as “the holy roller”.

Listen to today’s show for a re-created broadcast of that fantastic play! (Starts at 1:00)

The Chargers led 20 to 14. The Raiders had the ball on the Chargers 14-yard line with only ten seconds left in the game.

The Raiders quarterback, Kenny Stabler, took the snap and dropped back to pass. Woodrow Lowe, a linebacker for the Chargers, put pressure on Stabler in no time.

It appeared that Stabler would be sacked on the 24-yard line. Game over. But then …

… Stabler fumbled the ball. It rolled forward toward the 12-yard line. There was a mad dash for the ball. Pete Banaszak, a running back for the Raiders, scooped it up, but lost his footing.

He fumbled the ball! It rolled forward …

… approaching the 2-yard line. The Raiders tight end, Dave Casper tried to grab it, but he couldn’t get his hands on it!  He knocked it into the end zone.

Time was running out as the ball bounced around. Casper jumped on the ball. TOUCHDOWN!

The Raiders made their extra point as the time ran out. They won the game by fumbling forward!

You, too, can fumble forward toward your goals! We’ll discuss three ways to do it…

#1 – Fumble fast
Kenny Stabler saw the linebacker coming and made a quick decision – fumble! He confessed afterwards that he did it on purpose to keep the play alive.

You’re the quarterback of your life. Sometimes your only play is to fumble. Admit that you don’t have a better answer. But learn from it, so you can keep fumbling forward.

#2 – Fumble cheap
Stabler was faced with a tough situation. The clock was running out; the game was over if he got sacked. He didn’t have anything to lose by fumbling.

Learn from him. Test your ideas before going all out. Step into them so you won’t lose much if it doesn’t work. Minimize your downside so you can keep fumbling forward.

#3 – Fumble often
Try and try again. The more things you try, the more likely you are to succeed. You have to take risk to succeed. When you take risk, you will fumble occasionally. Learn from it and then fumble forward.

Our BIGG Quote today is by the author, John W. Holt, Jr.

“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and that means you’re not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more chances to learn and win.”

So, go ahead – fumble forward, but keep your eye on the end zone. The next thing you know, you’ll be popping the champagne bottles!

Next time, we’ll give you some advice on how to be a terrible boss. You’ll learn how to drive your employees away! Until then, here’s to your BIGG success!

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