MOT reminders

Ellen Homstad is writing MOT reminders twice a month. You can find more of her MOT reminders by visiting @ellenshowscourage on Instagram.

Ellen is a global MOT speaker. She first met MOT as a 13-year-old in school and has had ownership to MOT ever since.

«I noticed that MOT made a difference for our class environment and each individual in the class. I use the tools that were given to me by MOT in my life every day. I dream of strengthening the courage of youth from all around the world, and that they will have a similar experience with MOT as I did. I am proud to spread MOT's philosophy because I know that MOT contributes to a better society.»

Do things happen to you or do you make things happen?

You can’t control all the events that will happen to you in life, but you can choose how to react to the things that do. If you perform poorly on your algebra test, you have two options: You can complain that the test was too hard, that you are not a “math-person” and that your […]

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Be brave

What does it mean to show courage? Some would say it is brave to skydive from a plane or speaking in front of many people. Others would instead say that showing courage is speaking up on behalf of others or following a dream no matter what people think. No matter what bravery means to you, […]

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Be the first

In 1964 Kitty Genovese was murdered on the street just outside the apartment where she lived. The attack lasted more than 30 minutes, and she was screaming and resisting. The attacker stabbed her multiple times, until she died at last. It was later discovered that 38 of her neighbours saw the attack from their windows, […]

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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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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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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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