Atle's blog

Atle Vårvik is MOT’s founder and creator. He has been passionate about people and life since he was a young boy. Atle is a former Olympian speed skater. He is married to Sigrun and together they have two sons, Kristian and Johann. In this blog he is sharing his reflections and experiences.

Who do you look up to?

We all have role models who have made impressions on our lives. Friends that make us stand up for what we believe in, musicians that make us follow our passion or a sibling that you aspire to follow in the footsteps of. Positive role models can show us that the impossible is possible, strengthen our […]

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Dream society for youth:

Inherited robustness Good social functioning Good family functioning Good school experience Good friends Safe and including local community Safe and positive society/media If these were characteristic of all youths, environments and society, there would not have been a need for MOT. Many youths do not have these characteristics. Therefore, MOT is important to create protective […]

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Diamond communication

When you are stuck with a task, look for possibilities and alternatives instead of limitations. In the beginning, it is easy to get stuck with thinking “this suggestion is unrealistic”, “the others will shut it down” or “we’ve tried that before”. All that mindset is good for is killing potential ideas. Instead, think in the […]

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Self fulfilling prophecy

Imagine that your friend tells you that the new girl in your class is funny, kind and easy to get along with. You would likely be eager to get to know her and approach her with a smile to start a conversation. However, imagine instead that your friend had told you she acted like a […]

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MOT as a protective factor

At the moment, I am writing a book that proves MOT as an important protective factor for vulnerable individuals carrying many risk factors, as well as an important tool to prevent crime and psychosocial problems in youth. Here is some of it: MOT works proactively trough building individuals and cultures, through holistic and wide society […]

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Share your passions

What are the things you could talk about for hours on end? It could be anything from soccer players, music and your favourite TV series to your biggest role model, murder mystery podcasts and your collection of funny looking rocks you’ve found while hiking. No matter what you are passionate about, own it and talk […]

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Learn from your mistakes

“Oh yes. The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – Rafiki, The Lion King Making mistakes is inevitable. However, it is up to you to choose how you want to react to them. You can live your life in shame because of […]

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Be proud!

Last night, I had a lecture for a network organisation with leaders in Trondheim. The inquiry regarded inspiration on how MOT had gone from “nothing” to changing youth’s lives 27 years later, as well as becoming a strong brand established in four continents. I began with stating that when we started in 1994, our mindset […]

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You can’t please everyone

A man and his son were once going with their donkey to a market. As they were walking along by his side a countryman passed them and said, “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?” So the man put the boy on the donkey, and they went on their way. Soon they passed […]

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