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 also holds certifications 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 a simple philosophy: whenever possible, do what you can to make a positive impact on a 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 over 20 years of service in the Air Force, I've interacted with thousands of people. When you're exposed to that many people over that amount of time, you learn 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 way of thinking. He asked me to explain why I insisted on short-changing myself. Amazingly, I had no answer! The question offended and frustrated me, but more importantly, it got my attention, and started a chain of events that would eventually lead to a complete life transformation.
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 another person make positive adjustments in their life.
I started writing down my experiences as part of a personal reflection assignment from a fantastic mentor. However, as I started examining them more closely, I realized that I couldn't be the only person who could benefit from what I learned. As a result, an author was born!
Right now, the majority of my writing is non-fiction, and I usually base it on personal experience, logic, and observation, but I'll never put limits on myself. If a fictional story pops into my head, and I'm motivated to write it, it will come to pass!
Need a guest speaker for your group? Contact me and let's discuss the details. I enjoy conducting mentoring, personal development, and improvement workshops, on a verity of topics. Let me know what you want to accomplish, and I'll let you know if I can assist.
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