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23rd of July 2018


How I Learned from My Mistake (A Call for Submissions) - The Good Men Project

We all make mistakes. Some mistakes are hardly noticeable. Some are careless but harmless and even funny, such as when a certain Executive Editor makes a typo in an email and spells her name wrong (who, me, Lsia B?)!

Many mistakes can be corrected before any embarrassment. However, some are set in stone for all passersby to witness. They make us cringe every time we see a reminder of our bad judgment or a rush job, such as the photo of the street sign spelled wrong.

Far worse, some mistakes have serious, lasting consequences, and we pay the price over and over. Such was the experience of the Good Men Project contributor who, driving while intoxicated, caused a collision that killed another human being. You can read his story here. Damaging on a psycho-social level, cheating in a committed relationship is another mistake our contributors have written about.

While the above mistakes are the result of actions taken, inaction can also be a mistake. Choosing not to do something out of carelessness can result in negative consequences, such as not exercising or not brushing your teeth. Risk aversion results in inaction, too, such as not calling the person who gave you their phone number with an invitation to get acquainted, or not applying for a better job, or not moving to another city to be with the person you love.


Tell us your story!What mistake have you made that lead you to an important life lesson?How and when did you discover your mistake?Did you have enough information when you made your bad decision such that you were not surprised of the negative consequences afterward? Or, were you dumbfounded that it didn’t work out as you thought it should have?What would you tell others to help them understand how and why they should avoid such a mistake? What are the warning signs you disregarded?How did you attempt to repair the consequences of your action?In what way was the difficult experience worth the important lessons you learned?

When you’re ready to submit, click one of the colorful boxes, below.


The Good Men Project is different from most media companies. We are a “participatory media company”—which means we don’t just have content you read and share and comment on but it means we have multiple ways you can actively be a part of the conversation. As you become a deeper part of the conversation—The Conversation No One Else is Having—you will learn all of the ways we support our Writers’ Community—community FB groups, weekly conference calls, classes in writing, editing platform building and How to Create Social Change.


Here are more ways to become a part of The Good Men Project community:

Request to join our private Facebook Group for Writers—it’s like our virtual newsroom where you connect with editors and other writers about issues and ideas.

Click here to become a Premium Member of The Good Men Project Community. Have access to these benefits:

Get  access to an exclusive “Members Only” Group on FacebookView the website with no adsGet free access to classes, workshops, and exclusive eventsBe invited to an exclusive weekly “Call with the Publisher” with other Premium MembersFree commenting badge, listing on our Friends page, and more.

Are you stuck on what to write? Sign up for our Writing Prompts emails, you’ll get ideas directly from our editors every Monday and Thursday. If you already have a final draft, then click below to send your post through our submission system.

If you are already working with an editor at GMP, please be sure to name that person. If you are not currently working with a GMP editor, one will be assigned to you.


Are you a first-time contributor to The Good Men Project? Submit here:

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Have you contributed before and have a Submittable account? Use our Quick Submit link here:


Do you have previously published work that you would like to syndicate on The Good Men Project? Click here:

Join our exclusive weekly “Call with the Publisher” — where community members are encouraged to discuss the issues of the week, get story ideas, meet other members and get known for their ideas? To get the call-in information, either join as a member or wait until you get a post published with us. Here are some examples of what we talk about on the calls.

Want to learn practical skills about how to be a better Writer, Editor or Platform Builder? Want to be a Rising Star in Media? Want to learn how to Create Social Change? We have classes in all of those areas.

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However, you engage with The Good Men Project—you can help lead this conversation about the changing roles of men in the 21st century. Join us!

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