Do you know how fireworks were invented?
Apparently, 2,000 years ago, a (bored?) Chinese cook decided to mix together a few items that were commonly found in the kitchen in those days. When these items (charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter) were mixed and compressed in a bamboo, it created an explosion.
Now, we don’t know whether this cook eventually got to keep his job, but his invention 2,000 years ago is a great source of happiness (and money!) for many people today.
A bored cook’s mistake is the reason we have fireworks today.
So what does accidentally inventing fireworks have to do with making a living as a freelance writer?
Three years ago, I made a “mistake.” Somebody contacted me to express interest in advertising on my blog. Considering that I don’t do adverts on my blog, I had gotten hundreds of similar requests in the past that I turned down or plain ignored.
On this particular day, though, I didn’t know what hit me. I made a “mistake” and did contrary to what I had been doing all the while.
This mistake resulted in $1,200 in income in a single day.
Three years later, I have earned six figures in freelance writing income as a result of the mistake I made on that day.