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.

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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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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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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What is “normal”, anywhay?

It is in our nature to want to fit in and be like everybody else, and we often worry that we are not normal. But what can be considered normal? It’s normal to have gym as your favourite subject. It’s normal to love football. It’s normal to watch Netflix every day after school. It’s normal […]

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Life is an echo

A young boy had just fought with his parents and felt furious. He ran outside to a valley by his house and shouted angrily “I hate you, I hate you, I hate you”. Back came the echo “I hate you, I hate you”. What had happened if the boy had shouted “I love you” instead? […]

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Start with yourself

These words are written on the tomb of an Anglican bishop in the crypts of Westminster Abbey: When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and […]

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The lotus flower

The lotus is one of the worlds most beautiful flowers. But to blossom, the flower must grow through mud and murky pond water.

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Thank you for 27 unique years

Today, I have my last day as MOT’s top leader and entrepreneur. MOT’s extensive development period is over and MOT’s Comprehensive System is finalized. It has been a fantastic and adventurous journey over 27 years, including the establishment of MOT on four continents. MOT is among the best that has happened in my life and […]

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