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.»

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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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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