Ever wonder what it could cost to battle in court these days? With identity thief on the rise, law suits at every corner, and the need to speak up about finishing your life-race well, Cindy offers some solutions that can prevent the worst. Her tender heart and hard working attitude is only second to her generous spirit and ‘would take a bullet for her clients’ integrity makes her the go-to person for legal protection. When we met, I was surprised at all that her company offers for the low monthly price. I’m not only a fan of what she does, but now a client. If you have a social security number, you need this product. And if you have a small business you doubly need her protective product. I love that she saw a problem, and aggressively found a solution. That’s more than the heart of an entrepreneur, that’s a Deborah wisdom for a mission field.
Cindy Eastman is a LegalShield associate and has achieved the Director level, the highest level that is permanent in the company. She works with individuals, business owners, and companies, offering LegalShield & ID Shield as an employee benefit.
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1) What exactly is your business and what made you get started?
My business is LegalShield and ID Shield and I got my start because of the tremendous need I see for everyday people, as well as business owners, to get legal help that they can afford. Specifically, I believe I was led to LegalShield many years ago because of a terrible, tragic event I watched unfold before my eyes. I was working as a financial advisor at the time and I constantly advised my clients to get their wills completed. However, I had no good recommendations about how they could do that efficiently, affordably and with an attorney they could trust. One of my clients, in her 30’s died very unexpectantly and like most people, she died without a will. After her death, I watched sadly what happened to her two small children and her small estate because she had never designated her wishes in a will.
Sadly, without a will, the State decides what happens to someone’s children, and that decision isn’t necessarily what the parent would have wanted. Shortly after this experience, which left me deeply saddened and shaken, I met someone who represented LegalShield. I do not believe that was an accident. I believe God led me to this man because I so desperately wanted to help solve the problem of finding affordable attorneys who could complete a will for people at a cost they could afford. I learned that a will is included for free with the LegalShield membership. The monthly cost of membership is very low, and the rest, as they say, is history. In addition, LegalShield attorneys can provide many other services for people, including some phenomenal services for small business owners. The best part, I think, is just knowing that I have an attorney on retainer to call and ask any question at all.
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused? Where do you find your inspiration?
Every morning, I pray and meditate before my day starts. And every night, I do it again and pray that I am led to care for the people who need me and want me. Staying focused is not a challenge for me – I’m very focused. Relaxing and letting go is more of a challenge for me! I get my inspiration from spiritually based books and I believe in the power of being positive. I listen to audio tapes which carry positive messages.
3) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
I do my very best to go to the gym on a regular basis and my dog walks me every night.
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
I try to plan at least one fun thing every weekend that my husband and I can do together. And, during that time, I do my best to stay in the present moment and not think about work or business.
5) What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
The best part, of course, is the triumph I feel when people use the attorneys to help them solve their problems, large and small. And, when they tell me their will is completed and it wasn’t so difficult after all. The worst part, is the initial part, when I’m trying to tell someone that I have something of value that I’d like to show them and they are not open enough to hear about it. We also provide the world’s best identity theft protection and restoration program, but it can be difficult to communicate the tremendous need for that service today.
6) What failure taught you the most and what was it?
My recent failure, I think, was doing an employee presentation without any back up or help from one of my colleagues. What I learned from this experience, is that I need to ask for help. I’m such a highly focused, hard-worker, that I always think I can and should do everything myself. I know now that is not true and I do need to ask for help.
7) If you had to do something different, what would that be?
I might be a counselor. I love and care about people and I think I can help them find their own answers to solve their concerns or problems. I love teaching and mentoring and I do it with a lot of heart. What I have decided to do is to focus on mentoring other people in business, and that will remain my life’s mission from now on.
8) If you had advice to give to someone else who was thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be? Find a mentor who will be with you all the way! Don’t start out under-capitalized. Find the appropriate people and ask them for help. Trust your instincts.
9) What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
Many things. I was raised in a very difficult childhood home and I had to overcome some painful emotional challenges. It took me years to do so. Specifically, I had to learn how to speak up and assert myself. I decided that joining Toastmasters was the best way for me to learn how to speak up, learn to be assertive when needed, and gain some self-confidence. Since I joined Toastmasters, I have worked as an officer and mentor in that fabulous program and it has made all the difference to me. I just finished another year of being the President of the Nike Toastmasters club, as well as being an Area coach for 4 downtown Toastmasters clubs. I’m proud of that.
10) Any last parting words?
If I can be of service to others, I will be. My next goal, after my own successes, is that I’d like to mentor and help other women be successful in business and in life. I want people to know that they don’t have to settle.