Oakland, California native Kevin Eastman thrives on simplicity and logic. An accomplished, skilled speaker, mentor, and community activist with a “tell it like it is” mentality, he shoots from the hip when when discussing personal development and improvement. His mission (and passion) is to assist people with overcoming the obstacles they face, no matter how minor or major they are. One of his favorite philosophies is, "Obstacles, barriers, and challenges are only as large as you make them in your head."
A graduate of Castlemont High School, Kevin wore the U.S. Air Force uniform for over 20 years on active duty, at locations around the world, in multiple capacities. This included stints as a military training instructor (commonly known as a "drill instructor"), and a recruiter at the high school, college, and post-graduate levels, interacting with thousands of people.
Kevin holds education degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, Columbia Southern University, and Azusa Pacific University, respectively. He is also certified in Marketing, Professional Selling Skills, and Sales Coaching.
Married and residing in Southern California, Kevin enjoys being involved with community development and improvement efforts as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, sports, traveling, watching movies, listening to music, writing, cooking, meeting people, and spending time with family and friends.
I have come a long way since growing up in Oakland. Living in various part of the world, meeting interesting types of people, and experiencing different cultures works wonders on a person.
I have a simple philosophy: whenever possible, do what you can to make a positive impact on another person's life, using the knowledge and experience you've gained. My goal is to assist people in identifying, and simplifying complicated areas in their life, in order to keep them moving toward their goals. The challenge is getting people to admit areas of their life are complicated. I know too well how difficult this is, because the human ego can be a beast. Admittedly, at one point, my ego was spiraling out of control!
One of the most amazing lessons I've learned is the difference between passion and purpose. The two may sound similar, but they're quite different. Passion is what wakes you up in the morning, ready to engage in an activity. The purpose is the benefit others receive as a result of you doing the activity you're passionate about.
In my career in the Air Force, I interacted with thousands of people. When you're exposed to that many people over that amount of time, you learn some things. Most importantly, you learn what works, and what doesn't.
What's ironic is during my early adult years, I put my own aspirations on the back burner. I was great at helping others, but not as effective at helping myself. I was preoccupied with being angry at the world, looking for anything to blame my misfortune on, except what NEEDED the blame... ME! Self-doubt and low self-esteem were running rampant. As a result, many people were fixed, while I remained broken.
That all changed, thanks to a wonderful mentor who forced me to challenge my thinking, by asking me to explain why I insisted on short-changing myself. Amazingly, I had no answer! The proposition offended and frustrated me, but more importantly, it got my attention. It started a chain of events that helped me completely transform my life.
Now, I want to help as many people as possible, in the same manner I was helped - by challenging, and helping them transform their thinking. I don't know everything, but perhaps what I do know may help someone make positive adjustments in their life.
During my time as a Military Training (Drill) Instructor in the Air Force.
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