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Holly Hoffman

Motivation is what gets you started. DESIRE and habit keep you going. Desire is the starting point of all achievements, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.

Meet Holly Hoffman x

Holly Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor: Nicaragua”. Through that experience, and others throughout her life, Holly was inspired to share her message of survival.

A professional motivational speaker and the author of Your Winner Within and Write Yourself a Note, Holly acknowledges that life is made up of challenges, and we are oftentimes faced with situations that seem insurmountable. But within each of us is an ability to focus our thoughts, emotions, and energy to succeed—if only we have the knowledge, tools, and discipline to do so.

A native of South Dakota, Holly’s writing and speaking not only offer encouragement and optimism but a roadmap for self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Readers and audience members alike walk away inspired to light the fire of successful living within themselves.

Today, Holly is a member of the National Speaker’s Association, a recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional designation, and travels across the country and internationally speaking to a wide variety of corporations, associations, universities, schools and women’s organizations.  Holly inspires her audiences to take opportunities and focus on faith, attitude, determination, confidence, desire and perseverance.


As we survive life’s challenges, we come face-to-face with fear and uncertainty. As leaders, we need to challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and push ourselves above and beyond our own self-limitations.  We are challenged every day, but it is how we choose to overcome challenges that make us who we are and how we develop our leadership skills.


  • The importance of taking opportunities
  • How to deal with adversity and change
  • Understanding the value of relationships


  • Opportunities taken often let you see beyond your expectations.
  • Unforeseen opportunities often come from risk-taking.
  • We learn from risk, and those lessons may lead us to an important new path.
  • Embracing opportunities help you overcome a fear of failure

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